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.
Olympia has multiple options for transportation within the city. There are roadways, railroads, an airport as well as a bus system. The railroad is operated by Amtrak, and sends trains to Portland, Sacramento, Emeryville, and Los Angeles. Olympia is provided bus service through Intercity Transit, which also services neighboring cities Lacey and Tumwater. The Olympia Regional Airport is the city's option for air transit, and it is well known for its Father's Day airshow.