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Olympia, WA

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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.

Apartments in Olympia WA

$670-$980

Courtside Apartments
Beds: Studio-3  •  Baths: 1-2

$800-$1200

Breckenridge Apartment Homes
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2

$695-$1000

Fern Ridge Place
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2

$800-$1300

College Pointe
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2.5

$725-$850

Stuart Place
Beds: Studio-2
Baths: 1

$880-$1351

The Village at Union Mills
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2

Key City Stats

The average age of Olympia, WA is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 9.64%
  • 6.55%
  • 6.83%
  • Female
  • 7.85%
  • 5.9%
  • 6.72%
$880
is average rent in Olympia, WA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 5.81%
  • 7.5%
  • 5.85%
37.44%
of units are available for rent in Olympia
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 511
  • 144
  • 414
Getting Around in Olympia, WA

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.

28
Walk Score®
"Car-Dependent"
36
Transit Score®
"Some Transit"
The average commuter time in Olympia is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.09%
  • 6.61%
  • 1.48%

Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

<p>The Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area is a logging processing facility, and protected through the Washington Natural Areas Program. The program protects the plethora of animals that live in the conservation area, including birds, seals, otters, bald eagles, and even a bat colony. The conservation area is over 600 areas, and is home to a growing forest that houses much of the rare wildlife protected by the government. Much of the bays are actually filled with saltwater, which some scientists believe is the reason why the conservation area is able to attract such diverse and rare wildlife.</p>

Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park

<p>The Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park is an outdoor art gallery. It was founded in the late 1990s and has functioned since as an 80 acre art center, with sculpture gardens, art galleries, and other artifacts all dispersed throughout the park. The park has come under hard financial times recently, and it almost closed in 2011. But the Woodland Trail Greenway Association has provided temporary funding so that the park can stay open. The park is famous locally for its open houses, which it calls "Art in the Park". During "Art in the Park" sessions, local artists show off their artwork in a festival setting with live music and dancing.</p>

Percival Landing Park

<p>The Percival Landing Park is a public park in Olympia, which was named after a steamship wharf. It is unique in that it is a maritime park, which is located on a pier. The park itself has picnic areas, art exhibits, and a playground. It is frequented by families with young children, as well as being a prime spot for elementary school trips. The park holds a series of events each year, such as the Harbor Days, Sand in the City, and the Wooden Boat Festival.</p>