Thurston County, Washington

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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. On July 1, 2009, the population was 250,979.[1] 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 22nd of the same year, Pierce, King, Island, and Jefferson Counties were split off from Thurston County.[2][3]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 774 square miles (2,004 km²), of which 727 square miles (1,883 km²) is land and 47 square miles (121 km²) (6.03%) is water.

Major watersheds: Black River, Budd/Deschutes, Chehalis River, Eld Inlet, Henderson Inlet, Nisqually River, Skookumchuck River, Totten Inlet and West Capitol Forest.

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