Olympia is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 52,882 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Olympia is the 22nd largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Olympia are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Unlike some cities, Olympia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Olympia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Olympia is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olympia who work in office and administrative support (10.48%), management occupations (9.85%), and sales jobs (9.17%).
Also of interest is that Olympia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Olympia, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Olympia is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Olympia a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Olympia is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Olympia is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Olympia area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Olympia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Olympia, 43.64% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Olympia in 2018 was $35,170, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,680 for a family of four. However, Olympia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Olympia is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Olympia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Olympia residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Olympia include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Olympia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.