Olympia, Washington

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  • Washington became a state November 11, 1889, the 42nd state admitted to the Union.
  • Olympia became state capital 1889
  • Established: 1850
  • Name Origin: Name suggested by resident Isaac Ebey because of nearby Olympic Mountains

A territorial legislature convened here in 1854, when Olympia was capital of the land that eventually became the states of Oregon and Washington. Those were dangerous times – a 15-foot stockade surrounded the town because of Native American unrest. Later, that wall was dismantled and the lumber used to pave the streets.

Olympia is surrounded by natural beauty, with Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains on its skyline and Puget Sound at its doorstep. The elaborately detailed capitol, which has a 287-foot dome topped by a 47-foot lantern, sits in a 35-acre park overlooking Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet. On the grounds are Japanese cherry trees and many fountains.

The rare Olympia oyster lives in beds nearby named Big Skookum, Little Skookum, Mud and Oyster. Tumwater Falls Park has trails along the Deschutes River; Olympic National Forest is 630,000 acres of rivers, ridges, peaks, canyons, and Douglas fir, with a large herd of Roosevelt elk.

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Things To Love About Olympia

The coolness and the calm, the caring for community, the pride. The coffee cup, the pleasant walking paths, the waterfront, the boats to sail you anywhere. The daily sight of Mt Rainier.

Blogs To Read About Olympia

All-America City http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3962

Bonjour, Governor http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3962

Of Thee I Sing http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2475

Windows In Time http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5592

How Nice, Olympia http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3487

Family Cool http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3262

Marcus Whitman, Missionary Doctor http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=4667

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 46,478, 40th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 2,608 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 17.82 square miles
  • Elevation: 100 feet, 41st highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 47/37, July 76/56. Annual rainfall: 38 inches
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Water near: Puget Sound. Budd Inlet. Deschutes River
  • Mountains near: Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains. Mount Rainier in the southwest part of the state is the highest point in Washington at 14,411 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Salem, OR 160; Boise, ID 538; Helena, MT 630
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 2,760

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 46,478            Population
  • 19.5%              Under 18
  • 13.9%              Over 65
  • 6.0%                Asian
  • 2.0%                Black
  • 6.3%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.1%                 Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.4%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 80.3%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 10.9%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 94.7%              High School Graduate
  • 43.3%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 15.8%              Below Poverty Level
  • $30,254          Per Capita Income
  • $52,371           Median Household Income
  • $261,100         Median Value of Home
  • 50.9%              Home Ownership

City: http://olympiawa.gov/

Visitors: http://www.visitolympia.com/