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Living and Working in Olympia

It's the Water

Located on the shores of South Puget Sound, scenic Olympia is the capital of Washington state.

The comparatively low cost of living, award-winning education, and lifestyle opportunities create an outstanding environment to work, play and live. Home to a thriving arts community, Olympia transforms into a bustling metropolis during the legislative session, all the while maintaining its small-town charm.

And a lot more

The town boasts majestic views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and nearby Mount Rainier. Thurston County touts a community college, private university and public four-year college, making for a well-educated population.

Residents enjoy many outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, biking area trails, as well as kayaking and boating on the many lakes and inlets.

  • Boats and votes
  • The Mountain
  • Democracy in action
  •  Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
  • Olympia Farmers Market
  • Family fun at Sand in the City
  • Tug boats in Olympia
  • The Cap City
  • Why we're the Evergreen State
  • Art abounds


Explore the City and Region

Distance to Nearby Attractions

  • Tacoma, 30 miles
  • Seattle, 60 miles
  • Pacific Ocean Coast, 70 miles
  • Portland, Oregon, 115 miles
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, 200 miles



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