Olympia, WA
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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 50,302 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Olympia is the 22nd largest community in Washington.

Olympia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Olympia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olympia who work in office and administrative support (13.83%), management occupations (10.12%), and sales jobs (8.53%).

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.

Of important note, Olympia is also a city of artists. Olympia has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Olympia’s character.

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. 43.36% 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 2010 was $30,206, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,824 for a family of four. However, Olympia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Olympia is a somewhat 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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Olympia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.