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Olympia is a city in Thurston County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named for the Olympic Mountains.

The latitude of Olympia is 47.038N. The longitude is -122.899W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 95 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 43,963.


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Median household income
Local
$40,846
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Olympia demographic reports
Olympia is on Puget Sound.
Former and merged names include:
· Smithfield
· Smithter
· New Market
· Tumwater
Early settlers were attracted to the water power of Deschutes Falls.

Community nearly emptied out during the California gold rush.

Public transportation: Intercity Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 145. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.3 per 1,000 people.
Rated No. 4 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Filming location for:
· 1983 movie, "Heart Like a Wheel"
Local bands (past and present) have included Fleetwoods, Bikini Kill
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Harbor Days - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
  • International Activist Film Festival - May 19-20, 2007
  • Percival Play Day - Sept. 15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Olympia web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Olympia Symphony Orches
Nearby parks & recreation: Tolmie State Park, Millersylvania Memorial State Park, Olympic National Forest
Olympia attractions: Yashiro Japanese Garden
Historic sites and museums: Bigelow House Museum, State Capital Museum, Hands On Children's Museum
Colleges and universities: Evergreen State College
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 183

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Olympia residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Olympia ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Olympia was $22,590, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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40% of Olympia residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Olympia, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $551.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,145.


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Libraries in Olympia include Olympia Timberland Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Olympia include Olympian

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Thurston County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Olympia political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Olympia workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Olympia between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Olympia, WA

Pros: The Evergreen State College (!), a beautiful downtown core with lots of coffee shops, bars, a few theatres...

Cons: If you're not going to college here, you'll soon find Olympia to be very very dull...

This is a good place to Go to school! Evergreen is by far the best liberal arts college in the country, and the entire city is set up to support that.

General info: It's cheap! It's fun!

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