Olympia WA

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Olympia, WA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Olympia Housing Market Information

With a population of 52,882, 22,351 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $367,141, Olympia real estate prices are well above average cost compared to national prices.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Olympia, accounting for 52.96% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Olympia include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 29.96%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.60%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.34%).

People in Olympia primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Olympia has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

There is a lot of housing in Olympia built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Olympia built between 2000 and later ( 19.66%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 18.84%). There's also some housing in Olympia built before 1939 ( 14.54%).

Olympia Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Olympia have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 47.14%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Olympia house appreciation rate of 3.94%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Olympia that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Olympia real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Olympia appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.11%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 98.55% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Olympia. Olympia appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.62%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 10.89%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Olympia's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Washington, our data show that Olympia's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% of the other cities and towns in Washington.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Olympia differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Olympia - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Olympia real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,403,000 0.1
$1,052,001 - $1,403,000 0.7
$702,001 - $1,052,000 5.5
$561,001 - $702,000 7.0
$421,001 - $561,000 24.9
$281,001 - $421,000 40.5
$140,001 - $281,000 13.9
$70,001 - $140,000 1.2
$0 - $70,000 6.3

Average for WA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
15.1240875912409 40.6360424028269

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Olympia Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
132.31% 4.15%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,570 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 44.39
Renters 55.61
Vacant 5.11

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 19.7
1970 - 1999 47.0
1940 - 1969 18.8
1939 or Older 14.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 53.0
Townhomes 4.3
Small Apt. Buildings 9.6
Apt. Complexes 30.0
Mobile Homes 3.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.30
1 Bedroom 15.05
2 Bedrooms 32.83
3 Bedrooms 32.12
4 Bedrooms 12.97
5 or more bedrooms 2.73