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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Olympia is a town in Washington with a population of 50,836. Olympia is in Thurston County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Olympia offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Olympia there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Olympia and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Olympia are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$276,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,089
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Olympia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    294.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    131.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    457.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,644.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    377.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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Olympia is such a gem- you can truly find every kind of person here. It's full of creativity, quirkiness, and lots of good coffee shops. Everything you could need is always a short bike or bus ride away, and the local food options are endless and delicious. There's all sorts of parks and trails to spend time in the beautiful lush outdoors, and always events happening indoors downtown if that's more your style. There's just as many hot and sunny days as there are gray, rainy, dreary ones, so make sure to be ready to invest in a sunlight lamp!
The city is unique and accepting of all, and I highly recommend a visit to anyone heading towards the PNW. Olympia truly has something for everyone.
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I have had an overall wonderful experience with Olympia! There are lots of great walking trails that are safe for my daughter and I to walk and bike ride. I would love to see Olympia to be more of a welcoming friendly place. I have come across some very rude and negative people. I think that if we can all get together and raise our positivity, it would help us out in the long run. One smile at a time.
I love it. East coast transplant, resident for 1 year. I see some complaints about safety on here, yes there are homeless people - but after moving here from a big city where safety was a real concern, Olympia has never felt unsafe for me. Olympia is beautiful and a great size. Plenty to see and do. I never get tired of seeing Mt Rainer on a clear day - centrally located to both Seattle and Oregon. Beautiful neighborhoods, friendly people, and if you live and work in Olympia - traffic is hardly ever an issue! Good size town. Not too small, not too big.