Place:Thurston, Washington, United States

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Thurston County is a county located in the State of Washington. As of the 2010 census, its population was 252,264. The county seat and largest city is Olympia, the state capital.

Thurston County was created out of Lewis County by the government of Oregon Territory on January 12, 1852. At that time, it covered all of the Puget Sound region and the Olympic Peninsula. On December 22 of the same year, Pierce, King, Island, and Jefferson counties were split off from Thurston County. It is named after Samuel R. Thurston, the Oregon Territory's first delegate to Congress.

Thurston County comprises the Olympia, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA Combined Statistical Area.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1852 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1852 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1852 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1877 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1891 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 1,507
1870 2,246
1880 3,270
1890 9,675
1900 9,927
1910 17,581
1920 22,366
1930 31,351
1940 37,285
1950 44,884
1960 55,049
1970 76,894
1980 124,264
1990 161,238

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