Olympia is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 55,919 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Olympia is the 23rd 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.
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.
A relatively large number of people in Olympia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.00% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
The education level of Olympia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Olympia, 46.31% 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 $38,443, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,772 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, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Olympia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.