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Time Zone: Thurston County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Olympia is the Seat for Thurston County.

Thurston County was founded in 1852 and was created by taking area from LewisCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Thurston had a population of 250,979 people. This is an increase of 21.04% since the last Census (which gave a population of 207,355 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Thurston represented 3.52% of the total population of Washington, making it the state's 8th most populous county (out of 39 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010252,264+21.66%+0.51% since 2009
2009250,979+21.04%+2.2% since 2008
2008245,571+18.43%+2.87% since 2007
2000207,355The Last Census

More information can be found on the Thurston County Census Page for Thurston County.


Below are some of the communities located in Thurston County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Thurston County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Olympia   46,10042,5148.43% increase  
Lacey   42,04631,22634.65% increase  
Tumwater   16,26512,69828.09% increase  
Yelm   6,2423,28989.8% increase  
Tenino   1,6541,44714.31% increase  

Websites for Thurston County

Official Website:   www.co.thurston.wa.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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