A pink dogwood tree helps frame the capitol building in Olympia, WA against a bright blue sky.
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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 67
Demographics 46
Economy 57
Education 79
Health 69
Housing 76
Infrastructure 44

#61. Olympia, WA

The capital of Washington, this small city offers vibrant culture, a charming downtown and a range of outdoor activities for residents.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Tumwater Falls Park and Wolf Haven International are just three of many natural attractions, and Puget Sound provides fantastic views, boating opportunities and great seafood. The economy of Olympia is strong in education, government, healthcare and manufacturing, and diverse neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options and architectural styles.

Olympia also earns high livability marks for its abundance of parks as well as Evergreen State College, which offers local students more than 60 fields of study. In addition, residents here love to get involved in political and social causes — they take pride in improving the community, and it shows.

Find out more about what makes Olympia a Best Place to Live!

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