Best Places to Live

Olympia, WA

Population: 48,941
LIV
SCORE
622
courtesy of Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau

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!

Olympia, WA Ranking Data

Civic
67
Demographics
46
Economy
57
Education
79
Health
69
Housing
76
Infrastructure
44