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City of Olympia
Thurston County Washington Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Olympia Highlighted.svg
Coordinates: 47°2′33″N 122°53′35″W / 47.04250°N 122.89306°W / 47.04250; -122.89306Coordinates: 47°2′33″N 122°53′35″W / 47.04250°N 122.89306°W / 47.04250; -122.89306
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedJanuary 28, 1859
 • TypeCouncil/City Manager
 • MayorCheryl Selby (D)
 • City19.68 sq mi (50.97 km2)
 • Land17.82 sq mi (46.15 km2)
 • Water1.86 sq mi (4.82 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • City46,478
 • Estimate 
 • Rank1st in Thurston County
24th in Washington
750th in the United States
 • Density2,608.2/sq mi (1,007.0/km2)
 • Urban
176,617 (US: 195th
 • Metro
269,536 (US: 177th
Time zonePacific
 • Summer (DST)Pacific
ZIP codes
FIPS code53-51300
GNIS feature ID1533353[3]

Olympia is the capital city of the state of Washington, in the United States of America. It became a city on January 28, 1859. As of the 2010 census, it has 46,478 people living in it.[4] The people of Olympia are called Olympians. Olympia is the county seat of Thurston County.


Olympia is located at 47°2'33" North, 122°53'35" West (47.042418, -122.893077).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total size of 48.0 km² (18.5 mi²). 43.3 km² (16.7 mi²) of it is land and 4.7 km² (1.8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 9.77% water.

Olympia is on the water (Puget Sound) and close to dark green forests and high mountains (the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier). On most days of the year the sky is full of clouds and it rains, but sunny weather is more common in July, August, and September.


Many people in Olympia work for the government of the State of Washington. Every year, state representatives and state senators come to Olympia to make laws and to pass a budget for the state government.

Olympia is the home of the Olympia Farmers Market and The Evergreen State College.


Every April, the people of Olympia celebrate the "Procession of the Species,". It is a parade. Many Olympians, of all ages, dress up to look like animals, birds, fish, plants, and even insects, and walk in the parade. Some also play drums or dance the samba.


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