The city of Lacey is technically a suburb of Olympia, but its relative proximity to JBLM and beautiful surroundings makes it an attractive choice for military members and their families. Lakes, saltwater, forested parks, breathtaking views of Mt. Ranier and golf courses provide a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience. Located on the Puget Sound and at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains, the views in Lacey are stunning and the outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant.


Active, outdoorsy and dog-loving singles and families abound in Lacey. The area is rich in culture and has a full community events calendar filled with summer concerts, jazz festivals, and open air markets. There’s a healthy military population here, residing alongside government workers, professionals and executives.

Neighborhood Feel

A coveted trail system and the active community make this a great location if you like to explore the great outdoors. Neighborhoods are established (most are 1970’s and onward) with several newer homes scattered about. Lacey is considered a coastal community, being bordered by two inlets, and with that comes pricier homes and more affluent residents.

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Neighborhood Location

Main Gate (exit 120)
Drive Time to Gate
15 to 30 minutes
By Transit
1 hour 30 minutes – Bus to Olympia, then transfer

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Regional Athletic Complex – 100 acre sports and outdoor recreation facility.

Tolmie State Park

Big Plus

Feel free to bring Fido along on your adventures! Lacey is considered to be super pet friendly and boasts a 5-acre off-leash dog park.

Freshwater lakes, saltwater beaches, parks, and scenery in abundance.

Convenient to Olympia and easy access to I-5 for JBLM and even Seattle.

There is a popular military treatment facility called the South Sound Clinic in Lacey that serves Olympia and Lacey and is much closer than driving onto post to the hospital clinic.

Things to Consider

Commuting on I-5 can be a nightmarish and most times unavoidable. North Lacey is a great area and the commute to JBLM is much more reasonable being closer to post. There are back road alternatives around Lacey, however, and are definitely worth investigating.

While a lot of military families choose Lacey, they are less concentrated here. You may find the need to make a more concerted effort connecting with other families in the service. Some love that, some don’t.

How’s the Market?

The median home value is $222,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 2.9% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in the Lacey area is $1,772.

School Scoop

Lacey has 17 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Aspire Middle School, with a rating of 9 according to The school has 283 children. Public schools in Lacey are part of North Thurston Public Schools.

Highlighted Areas

Horizon Point


North Lacey