Olympia, Washington 

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+9.2% since 2020

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9.2 / 5.0

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Capital city - West-central Washington at the south end of Puget Sound. August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Olympia, while December and January are the least comfortable months.
State: Washington
County: Thurston County
Metro Area: Olympia-Tumwater Metro Area
City: Olympia
Zip Codes: 98501 98502 98506
Cost of Living: 11.9% higher
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 100 ft above sea level

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Olympia, Wa Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Attractive setting
Nearby national parks
Educated population
Cloudy, wet winters
Cost of living
Narrow job base

What Bert Has To Say About Olympia-Tumwater Metro Area

Olympia is one of the more attractive capital cities in the United States. While there is heavy industry to the north toward Tacoma, Olympia is a clean, mid-sized capital city with a distinctively Pacific Northwest small-town feel. Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant; Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and the Washington coast are all within a day’s drive. Excellent city amenities and services are available in Seattle, although traffic can make the drive challenging.


The unemployment rate in Olympia is 5.6% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Olympia jobs have increased by 1.4%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Olympia's cost of living is 11.9% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Olympia's Cost of Living

August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Olympia, while December and January are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Thurston county remained very strongly Democratic, 57.5% to 38.8%. More Voting Stats

Olympia's population is 53,620 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 9.2%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 20.5 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Olympia is Real Estate: $453,400. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 8.2%.

Olympia public schools spend $11,785 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 20 students per teacher in Olympia. More Education

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Housing Market in Olympia

It's a good time to buy in Olympia. Home Appreciation is up 22.6% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Olympia is $453,400.
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Reviews for Olympia   39 Reviews
We L O V E Olympia - especially the local bicycle - 3/2/2022
We moved here from Kitsap Bremerton/Silverdale WA area and this beats it all the way in all material ways. The only reason not to give it 5 stars is the cost of... Read More

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Little Seattle - 9/25/2021
The city is horrible. The business have been chased out by homeless. The city government makes it for difficult for businesses to thrive. If you like what Seattle is... Read More

We love Olympia and retired here - 5/13/2021
Having lived all over the world we decided to retire in Olympia and live on the Puget Sound. Yes it rains but the weather can change dramatically in a day with sun and... Read More

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