Olympia, Washington

Olympia: The capital of Washington state. It is located on Budd Inlet in Puget Sound in southwestern Washington. Olympia is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Washington State Capitol and the Washington State History Museum.


Olympia is a city located in the county of Thurston in the U.S. state of Washington. Its population at the 2010 census was 46,478 and a population density of 894 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 53,620 inhabitants.

The city was created 165 years ago in 1859.

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Location of Olympia on Washington map.

Quick Facts about Olympia

Population : 53,620 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Washington (United States)
County : Thurston County
Postal code : 98500–98599, 98501, 98599
Phone Area Codes : 360
Area : 51.98 km2
Named for : Olympic Mountains
Altitude : 95 feet / 29 meters
Capital city : Olympia is capital of Washington, Thurston County
Establishment : January 01, 1859 (165 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone, UTC−07:00, UTC−08:00
Local time : 16:50:18 (20th April 2024)
Density : 1,032 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 13.32% (2010-2020)
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Olympia Collage
Olympia Collage collage image


Olympia is located at 47°2'16"N 122°54'3"W (47.0378700, -122.9007000).

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The population of Olympia increased by 13.32% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 46,478 - census
2011 47,696 2.55% estimation process
2012 48,089 0.82% estimation process
2013 48,473 0.79% estimation process
2014 49,327 1.73% estimation process
2015 49,849 1.05% estimation process
2016 50,732 1.74% estimation process
2017 51,660 1.8% estimation process
2018 52,508 1.61% estimation process
2019 52,882 0.71% estimation process
2020 53,620 1.38% estimation process

Olympia zip code is 98501. County name: Thurston, County fips: 53067

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People born in Olympia (2)

People born in Olympia, including Brazilian writer and poet Alcy Gigliotti, "American, 1879-1966. Photographer" Charles August Libby Sr., .


Schools in Olympia

College & universities near Olympia, WA

Code Name City ZIP
488271 Fosbre Academy of Hair Design Olympia (WA) 98501-1018
236656 South Puget Sound Community College Olympia (WA) 98512-6292
236452 Saint Martin's University Lacey (WA) 98503-7500
235167 The Evergreen State College Olympia (WA) 98505-0001
235237 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood (WA) 98498-1999

Stations (12)

Amtrak & bus stations near Olympia, WA

Code Name Address Type
OLW Centennial Station 6600 Yelm Highway S.E. RAIL
CTL Centralia station 210 Railroad Avenue RAIL
TAC Tacoma Dome Station 1001 Puyallup Avenue RAIL
TUK Tukwila station 7301 South 158th St. RAIL
SVF Seattle (Ferry - Pier 69), Washington 2701 Alaskan Way OTHER

Post offices near Olympia

Post Office Name City ZIP
Olympia Post Office Olympia (WA) 98501
Westside Olympia Post Office Olympia (WA) 98502
Tumwater Post Office Tumwater (WA) 98501
Lacey Post Office Lacey (WA) 98503
Olympia Carrier Annex Post Office Tumwater (WA) 98501

Other cities in Thurston County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Thurston County , WA.

City Name Population Title
Lacey 54,178 The most populous city in Thurston County, Washington.
Tumwater 24,272 City in Thurston County, Washington, United States
Yelm 9,591 City in Thurston County, Washington, United States
Grand Mound 2,981 City in Thurston County, Washington, United States
North Yelm 2,906 Census designated place
Rainier 2,350 City in Thurston County, Washington, United States
Tenino 1,867 City in Thurston County, Washington, United States
Bucoda 591 Town of the United States

Distance to Other Cities

Olympia distances to largest Washington cities

Map & Images (more maps)

Plan Olympia Sanctuary
Plan Olympia Sanctuary