Olympia city, Washington

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Olympia city, Washington

Olympia city, Washington
Nickname(s):Oly, O Town
Incorporated:January 28, 1859
- Total:46.478 (2010)
- Density:2.446,2/sq mi (988,9/sq km)
Area code(s):360
Time zone:PST (UTC−8)
Summer Time zone:PDT (UTC−7)
- Total:21 sq mi (52 sq km)
- Land:19 sq mi (47 sq km)
- Water:2 sq mi (5 sq km)
- % water:9,62 %

Quick information summary of the Olympia city area.

Olympia city is located in the state of Washington. It occupies the area of 21 square miles. 2 square miles are water areas and 19 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Olympia city lies at +47.0413980, -122.8967742 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 46.478 living in the Olympia city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (83.68%), Asian (6.02%) and Two or More races (5.01%). Median age is 36 for the males and 40 for the females.

Olympia is the capital of the state of Washington and the seat of Thurston County. With a population of 46,478, Olympia is not even among the 20 largest cities in Washington, but it is still a major political and cultural center in the state.

Olympia is located in the Puget Sound region. Its inhabitants are called Olympians. The city lies in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8). Olympia is often called “Oly” or “O Town” and its motto is SPIRIT, which stands for Service, People, Integrity, Results, Innovation, Team.

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Statistical data for the Olympia city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
38,89583.68 %
Black or African American alone
9312.00 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4981.07 %
Asian alone
2,7996.02 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1800.39 %
Some Other Race alone
8471.82 %
Two or More races
2,3285.01 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Olympia city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Olympia city part within the Subdivision
Thurston County 252.264- Olympia city part46.478
Olympia CCD 161.661- Olympia city part46.478

Profile of the Olympia city

History of Olympia

The region of present-day Olympia was originally inhabited by hunter-gatherer tribes, such as Nisqually, Suquamish and Puyallup. The first explorers in the area were members of the Vancouver Expedition, led by Peter Puget, in 1792. They did not stay in the area and it was only in 1833 That Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Nisqually, a fur trading post. This post and the others that were built around it were later converted into working farms.

The first actual settlers started arriving in the early 1840s, attracted by the water potential of Tumwater Falls and the proximity of Tumwater, the first European settlement on Puget Sound. The land that today comprises downtown Olympia was bought in 1846 and got its current name in 1853, after the Olympic Mountains northwest of the city. In 1852, Olympia became seat of the new Thurston County, which was then still part of the Oregon Territory. Washington Territory was organized in 1853 and Olympia was chosen as its capital.

The city entered a period of steady growth over the next 20 years, until the Northern Pacific Railroad chose Tacoma as its western terminus. Olympia residents built their own little railroad that was the only one reaching the city until Northern Pacific built an extension to the city in 1891. Washington was admitted to the Union in 1889 and Olympia was chosen as the state capital. After that, the city was focused on government activities, in addition to already existing industries, such as logging and oystering and, later, sawmilling, fruit canning and shipping.

The Olympia Brewing Company (actually located in Tumwater) was founded in 1896 and was always very important for the city as one of the nation’s largest breweries. It was sold to SABMiller in 2003. World War I and II brought additional boost for the industry in the city and as a consequence Olympia received a new population influx through immigrants who came to work within wartime industry, especially shipbuilding. Olympia was affected by earthquakes on several occasions and the first damage was caused by the 1949 earthquake, which destroyed much of the historic buildings in the city.

After the 1960s, the economy in Olympia changed. The city lost many of its waterfront businesses but after the Evergreen State College was founded in 1967 it became a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub. Today, the city is a major social justice and environmental activism center, famous for its independent music scene and progressive thinking.

Geography and Climate

Olympia occupies an area of 18.5 square miles. It is located at the southern end of Puget Sound, more precisely on Budd Inlet, between Seattle. Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens. Capitol Lake, created in 1951 after the Deschutes River was dammed, lies between Olympia and Tumwater.

The city has Marine West Coast climate, with some elements of the Mediterranean climate. The weather is usually nice and mild during summers but the winters are wet and cloudy. Olympia has only about 52 clear days a year.

The city has many parks and nature conservation areas, most notably the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, Percival Landing Park, Priest Point Park and Sunrise Park. Capitol State Forest and the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge are located just outside the city.


In 2000, the racial makeup in the city was 83.5% White, 5.8% Asian, 4.4% Hispanic or Latino, 1.9% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races and 3.8% from two or more races. The largest ancestry groups were German, Irish, English and Norwegian, while the most spoken languages were English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

In 2000, the median household income in Olympia was $40,846 and the per capita income was $22,590.


State government is the stabilizing factor for the local economy in Olympia. Other significant sectors are manufacturing, especially industrial supplies, manufacturing and plastics, as well as wood and food processing. Lumber-based industries were once the primary source of revenue for the city but today that sector continues to be in decline. As for the agriculture, this industry is today dominated by smaller, mostly family-operated businesses.

The Evergreen State College, in addition to being a major cultural factor in Olympia, is also a very large employer. There are not many technology companies in the city, so the officials are trying to boost this sector by promoting good telecommunication infrastructure, low property prices and very qualified workforce. As a result, several companies opened in 2000s, such as Univera Inc., Fast Transact and Reach One.

The largest employers in the city are state , federal, tribal and local government, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Columbia Capital Medical Center, Wal-Mart and Costco.


Institutions of higher education in Olympia include the Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College.

Culture and Events

Olympia has a rich cultural live, with institutions such as Capital Playhouse, Olympia Family Theater, Theater Artist Olympia, Minnaert Center, Art in Ecology, Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park, Olympia Film Society and Talhouse Arts Consortium. The city has a large number of small galleries and coffeehouses that regularly host art exhibitions. The DIY spirit is particularly strong in Olympia and the art community is well organized and highly innovative.

One of the major events in Olympia is the Procession of the Species, organized in honor of Earth Day, as well as the Capitol Gay Pride parade.

Olympia was crucial for certain elements in indie culture, most notably the “riot grrrl” movement which originated in the city, and also the heart of the queercore scene. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana used to live in Olympia for a while and he wrote most of the cult album “Nevermind” there. Other notable musicians and bands associated with Olympia include Sleater-Kinney, Team Dresch, Kimya Dawson, Earth, Wolves in the Throne Room and The Gossip.


As for the transportation, passenger rail service is offered by Amtrak. Larger city area is served by Intercity Transit buses. The Olympia Regional Airport is located in nearby Tumwater but the closest full-service commercial airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Major highways in the city area are I-5, State Highway 12 and State Highway 101.

Statistical data for the Olympia city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
38,89583.68 %
Black or African American alone
9312.00 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4981.07 %
Asian alone
2,7996.02 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1800.39 %
Some Other Race alone
8471.82 %
Two or More races
2,3285.01 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
43,55993.72 %
Hispanic or Latino
2,9196.28 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
43,55993.72 %
White alone
37,32885.70 %
Black or African American alone
8952.05 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4030.93 %
Asian alone
2,7636.34 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1720.39 %
Some Other Race alone
830.19 %
Two or More races
1,9154.40 %
Hispanic or Latino
2,9196.28 %
White alone
1,56753.68 %
Black or African American alone
361.23 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
953.25 %
Asian alone
361.23 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
80.27 %
Some Other Race alone
76426.17 %
Two or More races
41314.15 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
10,67251.40 %
Husband-wife family
7,52070.46 %
Other family
3,15229.54 %
Male householder, no wife present
81025.70 %
Female householder, no husband present
2,34274.30 %
Nonfamily households
10,08948.60 %
Householder living alone
7,52874.62 %
Householder not living alone
2,56125.38 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Olympia city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Olympia city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Olympia city center


  • Westwater Inn Heliport [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Black Hills Community Hospital Heliport [2.56 mi] [4.11 km]


  • Percival Cove [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • West Bay [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]
  • East Bay [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]


  • Olympia Fire Dept Station 03 [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Olympia Fire Department Station 4 Command Training Center [1.74 mi] [2.8 km]
  • Washington State Capitol Museum [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Washington State Capitol [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Olympic Ambulance Lacey Branch [3.35 mi] [5.39 km]
  • American Medical Response [1.81 mi] [2.91 km]
  • Old Capitol [0.21 mi] [0.34 km]
  • Hotel Olympian [0.21 mi] [0.34 km]
  • Olympia Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters [0.54 mi] [0.87 km]
  • Olympia Fire Department Station 2 [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]


  • Warren Point [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Percival Point [0.85 mi] [1.37 km]
  • Percival Point [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Capitol Point [0.57 mi] [0.92 km]
  • Capitol Point [0.56 mi] [0.9 km]


  • Mount Tabor Cemetery [1.44 mi] [2.32 km]


  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]
  • First Baptist Church of Lacey [3.65 mi] [5.87 km]
  • Saint Mark Lutheran Church [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • Lacey Community Church [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Hispanic Ministries Open Bible [3.16 mi] [5.09 km]
  • Christian Life Church [3.08 mi] [4.96 km]


  • City of Olympia [0.09 mi] [0.15 km]


  • Deschutes Dam [0.62 mi] [0.99 km]
  • Grass Lake Dam [3.06 mi] [4.93 km]


  • Woods Prairie [3.75 mi] [6.03 km]


  • Capital Medical Center [2.59 mi] [4.17 km]
  • Providence Saint Peter Hospital [2.46 mi] [3.96 km]


  • Chambers Lake [2.94 mi] [4.74 km]
  • Simmons Lake [2.61 mi] [4.2 km]
  • Grass Lake [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]


  • Capitol [0.41 mi] [0.66 km]
  • Pacific Plaza [3.51 mi] [5.66 km]
  • Market Square [2.91 mi] [4.69 km]
  • South Sound Pavilion [3 mi] [4.82 km]
  • Capitol Mall [1.78 mi] [2.87 km]
  • South Sound Center [2.82 mi] [4.55 km]
  • Yardbird Shopping Center [0.29 mi] [0.47 km]
  • Capitol Village Shopping Center [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]
  • Percivals Landing [0.47 mi] [0.76 km]
  • Westside Shopping Center [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]


  • Capitol Lake Park [0.35 mi] [0.56 km]

Populated Place

  • Lacey [3.5 mi] [5.63 km]
  • Olympia [0.31 mi] [0.49 km]
  • Marshville (historical) [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]


  • Capitol Lake [0.76 mi] [1.23 km]
  • Grass Lake [2.98 mi] [4.79 km]


  • Mountain View Elementary School [3.61 mi] [5.81 km]
  • Lincoln Elementary School [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]
  • McKinley School [1.37 mi] [2.2 km]
  • Evergreen Christian School [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Saint Michaels School [0.51 mi] [0.83 km]
  • Madison Elementary School [0.74 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Washington School [0.47 mi] [0.75 km]
  • Thurston County Off Campus School [0.7 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Garfield Elementary School [1.13 mi] [1.81 km]
  • Capital High School [1.91 mi] [3.07 km]
  • Jefferson Middle School [1.62 mi] [2.6 km]
  • North Thurston High School [3.17 mi] [5.09 km]
  • Chinook Middle School [3.4 mi] [5.47 km]
  • Roosevelt Elementary School [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]


  • Percival Creek [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Indian Creek [0.48 mi] [0.77 km]
  • Moxlie Creek [0.33 mi] [0.53 km]


  • KQEU-AM (Olympia) [2.14 mi] [3.44 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
East OlympiaEast Olympia98540
East OlympiaKellys Korner98540
LaceyOlympia98509, 98503
OlympiaBoston Harbor98501
OlympiaEvergreen State College98505
OlympiaFirm Brm98599
OlympiaLacey98513, 98516, 98506
OlympiaOffutt Lake98501
OlympiaOlympia98512, 98508, 98513, 98507, 98516, 98506, 98505, 98501, 98599, 98502, 98504
OlympiaSchneiders Prairie98501
OlympiaSouth Bay98501
OlympiaSouth Sound98501
OlympiaThompson Place98501
OlympiaTumwater98512, 98501
OlympiaUnion Mills98501
OlympiaWashington State Department98504

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