Olympia, WA
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Living in Olympia


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 52,555 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Olympia is the 22nd largest community in Washington.

Olympia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.84% 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 sales jobs (11.62%), office and administrative support (10.81%), and management occupations (9.55%).

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.

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.

The citizens of Olympia are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.60% of adults in Olympia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Olympia in 2018 was $34,017, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,068 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, Norwegian, and Italian.

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