Olympia is the capital of the state of Washington, as well as being the county seat for Thurston County. As of 2010, the population stood at 46,478. Olympia’s metro area population is 252,264, which is on the smaller side for major urban areas. The city has been part of the country since 1859—making it one of the older cities on the west coast. Olympia is known for its various parks and well maintained public areas, and it has significantly more parks than comparably sized cities.