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Bucoda, Washington
Post Office
Post Office
Location of Bucoda, Washington
Location of Bucoda, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Thurston
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.56 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
266 ft (81 m)
 • Total 562
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,015.44/sq mi (392.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-08605
GNIS feature ID 1531901

Bucoda is a town in Thurston County, Washington, United States. The population was 562 at the 2010 census.


The first American settler at what is now Bucoda was Aaron Webster (1828–1911) who arrived in 1854. In the 1860s Webster sold his claim and sawmill to Oliver Shead who officially named the settlement "Seatco", a native word meaning evil spirit or devil. The Northern Pacific Railroad located a station at Seatco in 1872. Later the town was renamed Bucoda using the first two letters of three principal investors in local industries- Buckley, Coulter, and David. In the 1880s investors began operations to mine coal in the area, but the coal was of poor quality and operations were sporadic. From 1874 to 1888 Bucoda was the site of Washington's first territorial prison. It garnered a reputation as a harsh institution as the inmates were used for dangerous and brutal manual labor in local industry. It was discontinued when the state opened the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. Bucoda was officially incorporated on June 7, 1910. The town had a water tower that was scrapped in the early 1980s. The Mutual Lumber Mill was so productive the town was once billed as the "Town with the Million Dollar Payroll". The mill burned down and was rebuilt only to have demand wane and once again it was consumed by flames.


Bucoda is located at 46°47′52″N 122°52′6″W / 46.79778°N 122.86833°W / 46.79778; -122.86833 (46.797722, -122.868454).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), of which, 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 945
1920 442
1930 703 59.0%
1940 541 −23.0%
1950 473 −12.6%
1960 390 −17.5%
1970 421 7.9%
1980 519 23.3%
1990 536 3.3%
2000 628 17.2%
2010 562 −10.5%
2019 (est.) 592 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 562 people, 222 households, and 148 families living in the town. The population density was 986.0 inhabitants per square mile (380.7/km2). There were 243 housing units at an average density of 426.3 per square mile (164.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.6% White, 1.2% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

There were 222 households, of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the town was 40.3 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 31.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.

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