Nicknamed Oly or O-Town, Olympia is the state capital for Washington and is America’s 38th-most highly populated state capital city.
One impressive world record associated with Washington’s capital city is that its native son Colin O’Brady scaled the highest mountain peaks on seven continents–the famous Seven Summits–in just 192 days.
From a business perspective, the largest employers in Olympia, Washington are the State of Washington, local government, Providence St. Peter Hospital, native American tribal government, federal government, integrated health care provider Kaiser Permanente, Walmart and indoor waterparks chain Great Wolf Lodges.
Washington shipped U$79.559 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Washingtonian exports are civilian aircraft, soya beans, corn, wheat, refined petroleum oils, potatoes and apples according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Olympia was 5% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Olympia, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: 5th Avenue Bridge, Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm, Monarch Sculpture Park, Nisqually Reach Nature Center and the Washington State Capital Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Olympia, United States:
- Kasey Keller, World Cup Soccer U.S. national team goalkeeper (born Nov. 29, 1969)
- Eloise Mumford, actress (born Sep. 24, 1986)
- Peter Kennedy, Olympic pairs figure skating silver medalist (born Sep. 4, 1927)
- Ryann Donnelly, alternative pop singer (born Sep. 11, 1986)
- Jay Waldron, Olympic target shooter (born Mar. 4, 1966)
- Bryan Tanaka, dancer & choreographer (born Apr. 11, 1983)
- Charles Frank, actor (born Apr. 17, 1947)
- Derik Nelson, singer-songwriter (born Jan. 31, 1988)
- Sarah Jones, Olympic rower (born Aug. 26, 1973)
- Zacky Vengeance, rhythm guitarist (born Dec. 11, 1981)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for an Olympia resident: Olympians
Population: 50,302 (Olympia city limits)
Density: 2,823 people per square mile (1,090 per square kilometer)
Population: 275,222 (Olympia metropolitan area)
Density: 381 people per square mile (147 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$10.796 billion as of March 2015 (Olympia metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $39,227
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Olympia: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 23, 2017
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United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 23, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, State of Washington flag. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Olympia, Washington. Accessed on June 23, 2017
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Wikipedia, Washington (state). Accessed on June 23, 2017
Within city limits, Olympia occupies 17.82 square miles (46.15 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 50,302 Olympians in 2016.
Thurston County, Washington is comprised of the Olympia-Tumwater WA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Using that county as Olympia’s metropolitan area covers a land area of 722 square miles (1,870 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 275,222 inhabitants.
At the city level, Olympia’s population density is 2,823 residents per square mile (1,090 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Olympia metropolitan area to an average 381 inhabitants per square mile (147 per square kilometer).
Olympians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.