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Olympia, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Olympia had a population of 49,551 as of July 1, 2016. Olympia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Olympia is located at latitude 47.0414 and longitude -122.8968 in Thurston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Olympia (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.82 sq. miles and a water area of 1.86 sq. miles. Thurston County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 92 feet.

The City of Olympia (GNIS ID: 2411318) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Olympia is located within Olympia Division of Thurston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Olympia population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Olympia: Marshville.

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Olympia, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 49,551
Population in Households 48,287
Population in Familes 32,213
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,264
Population Density1 2,781
Diversity Index2 44


Total Households 22,024
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 11,286
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 23,627 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,637 (45.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,387 (48.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,603 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $272,044
Average Home Value $311,716


Median Household Income $54,062
Average Household Income $74,662
Per Capita Income $33,936
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.03% 1.09%
Households 0.95% 1.07%
Families 0.9% 1.01%
Median Household Income   1.25%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Olympia, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Olympia to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 25 96th
Population Density1 # 103 84th
Diversity Index2 # 235 63rd
Median Household Income # 310 51st
Per Capita Income # 161 74th

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