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 86.62% 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 (13.59%), management occupations (10.01%), and sales jobs (9.41%).

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 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Olympia is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Olympia area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Olympia are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.21% 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 2010 was $30,008, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,032 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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

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