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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Olympia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.
Olympia is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Olympia use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Olympia‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Olympia is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.64% of adults in Olympia have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
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.