Olympia 74 Excellent
Olympia Livability #123 ranked city in Washington#8,589 ranked city in the USARanks better than 70% of areas
A+ Olympia Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Olympia Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Washington
11414% more expensive than the US average
11616% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Olympia cost of living
F Olympia Crime Total crime is 33% higher than Washington
Total crime
4,33268% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2468% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Olympia crime
D+ Olympia Employment Household income is 13% lower than Washington
Median household income
$54,5231% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$31,6196% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%15% higher than the US average
Olympia employment
C+ Olympia Housing Home value is 9% lower than Washington
Median home value
$246,10033% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9884% higher than the US average
Home ownership
46%27% lower than the US average
Olympia real estate or Olympia rentals
A- Olympia Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
64%30% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
24:152% higher than the US average
Olympia K-12 schools
B- Olympia User Ratings There are a total of 8 ratings in Olympia
Overall user rating
71% 8 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
71% 7 total surveys
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      Living in Olympia, WA

      Olympia is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Washington. The city has a population of 49,608 residents. At 85%, the majority of the Olympia population is White; this is followed by 7% Asian and 2% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Olympia might be a good fit as 71% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 62% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Olympia, Washington. Finding the best places to live in Olympia and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing and other important metrics.

      Olympia has a livability score of 72 out of 100 and is ranked #109 in Washington and #7,793 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Olympia ranks well for amenities (A+) and education (A-). Regrettably for Olympia, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Olympia, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Percival Landing, and Hand's On Children's Museum.

      The Olympia unemployment rate (1.4%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Olympia. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Olympia are affordable. The median home price for Olympia homes is $246,100, which is 8.6% lower than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Olympia, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 4.7% higher than the Washington average. Real estate appreciation rates in Olympia are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Olympia homes comes in at 10%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6.9%.

      Olympia transportation information

      Average one way commute20min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.4%72.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.9%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.4%6.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.4%0.9%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.6%3.6%2.8%
      Working from home4.2%5.6%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0n/a11354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)1 (3)24711

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      Source: The Olympia, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).