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Thurston County, Washington

US county information
NameThurston County
StateWashington
SeatOlympia
US Area
Total Area774 sq mi (2004.7 km2)
Land Area727 sq mi (1882.9 km2)
Water Area47 sq mi (121.7 km2)
Population252264 (2010)
Density133.9/km2 (346.8/sq mi)
FoundedJanuary 12, 1852

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Thurston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. It is named after Samuel R. Thurston, the Oregon Territory's first delegate to Congress. The population was 252,264 at the 2010 census. The county seat is at Olympia, the state capital and also the county's largest city.

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.


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