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Moving to Olympia, Washington is a big decision

Should you move to Olympia, Washington? Is Olympia,Washington a good place to live? When determining what cities are good for your personality type, life situation, and personal preferences, there are many factors to consider including climate, cost of living, community, job opportunities, population makeup, activities, and things to do.

With data on over 50,000 cities in the United States, Dwellics makes it easy to find the best place for you to move based on your personal preferences. This page contains detailed facts and statistics to help you determine if moving to Olympia,Washington is the right decision for you.

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Cost of living in Olympia, Washington

Is it expensive to live in Olympia, Washington? When calculating the cost of living in Olympia, Washington we factor in state income tax rates, average housing rental prices, average property values, cost of living index, and more.

The cost of living in Olympia, Washington is the highestAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the United States and moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in Washington, while median household income in Olympia is $59,878 which is high Analytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the United States and moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in Washington.

Taxes in Olympia, Washington

The sales tax rate in Olympia, Washington is 9.4%. Last year, the average property taxes paid was 1.1% Olympia,Washington.

The state of Washington is one of the states with no state income taxes.

Housing costs in Olympia, Washington

In Olympia, Washington, 47% of the population owns their homes, while approximately 53% rent. The average cost of a single-family home in Olympia, Washington in 2021 is $448,581 which is the highestAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the United States and moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in Washington. The average one-bedroom apartment cost is approximately $1,028 per month.

Rental SizeMonthly CostCompared to Washington
1 Bedroom$1,028moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest
2 Bedroom$1,242moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest
3 Bedroom$1,777moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest
4 Bedroom$2,148moderateAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest
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Climate in Olympia, Washington

What is the climate like in Olympia, Washington? There are many important factors that may affect your personal climate preferences including average temperature and humidity, annual rainfall and snow, number of cloudy days, wind speeds, and more.

Climate comfort in Olympia, Washington

In a typical year, Olympia, Washington temperatures fall below 50F&deg for 229 days per year. Annual precipitation in Olympia is typically 50.6 inches per year (the highestAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the US) and snow covers the ground 13 days per year or 3.6% of the year (lowAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the US). It may be helpful to understand the yearly precipitation by imagining 10 straight days of moderate rain per year. The humidity in Olympia, Washington is below 60% for approximately 33.4 days or9.2% of the year.

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Climate Mood comfort

Sunrise and sunset times vary by region in the United States. The duration of each day and the amount of sunlight can affect people's moods in a significant way. In Olympia,Washington, the shortest day starts at 07:57 a.m. and ends at 04:21 p.m. and lasts for 8 hours 29 minutes hours. The longest day starts at 05:16 a.m. and ends at 09:10 p.m. and lasts for 15 hours 53 minutes hours.

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Is Olympia, Washington a safe place to live?

Dwellics analytics team assigned the score 41.3 to Olympia, Washington (with 100 being the best). This score helps find the safest places to live in America. When determining if Olympia, Washington is a safe place to live, we analyze factors including air quality, water quality, crime rates, natural disaster frequency, substance abuse rates, cancer instances, and more.

Crime rates in Olympia, Washington

In Olympia, Washington, violent crime rates are considered to be the highestAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the United States according to our research. Arson crimes are the highestAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest and property crimes, including vandalism rank the highestAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest.

Environmental Hazards Olympia, Washington

In Olympia, Washington, cancer instances are considered to be lowAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the United States according to our research. Substance abuse in Olympia, Washington is highAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest in the United States according to our research.

Natural Disasters in Olympia, Washington

Natural Disaster CategoryProbability
EarthquakesEarthquakes in Olympiaare possible
HurricanesHurricanes inOlympia are unlikely
Severe StormsSevere Storms inOlympia are unlikely
TornadosTornadoes in Olympiaare unlikely
VolcanoesVolcanic hazard in Olympia is medium
WildfiresWildfires in Olympiaare very low

Smoking Laws in Olympia, Washington

Smoking is prohibited inside restaurants and bars in Olympia. Smoking inside of workplaces in Olympia is prohibited. The use of e-cigarettes is not banned. In Olympia, Washington recreational and medical marijuana use is legal.

Air & Water Quality in Olympia, Washington

Olympia, Washington has good air quality 100% of the time or 365 days per year. The water quality index calculated by Dwellics team in Olympia is 100 out of 100 (100 being the best) based on the number of acute health-based violations for every water utility in the last 5 years.

Does Olympia, Washington have good schools?

When determining if Olympia, Washington, has good schools, we analyze key factors including math proficiency, reading/language proficiency, students-per-teacher ratio, average teacher salaries, National Blue Ribbon awards, Spelling Bee and STEM/non-STEM national competitions, and more.

SchoolsNational RankingsPrivate School Enrollment
Elementary schools in OlympiaRank #68.1Dwellics analytics team assigned the score 68.1 to elementary education in Olympia, Washington (with 100 being the best). in the country.12.7%
Middle schools in OlympiaRank #74.3Dwellics analytics team assigned the score 74.3 to middle education in Olympia, Washington (with 100 being the best). in the country.3.7%
High schools in OlympiaRank #73.4Dwellics analytics team assigned the score [r_high] to high education in Olympia, Washington (with 100 being the best). in the country.0.8%

Dwellics searched for winners of 69 nationwide competitions for school children in both STEM and non-STEM fields and found 2 winners in the Olympia, Washingtonin the last 5 years.

Elementary Schools in Olympia, Washington

There are 8 public elementary schools in Olympia, Washington. The public elementary schools inOlympia are ranked #68.1 (with 100 being the best) in the United States according to our research. Among elementary school students, approximately 12.7% are enrolled at private schools in Olympia.

The average percentage of students proficient in math in Olympia, Washington at the elementary level is 58.1%,and proficient in reading & language arts 65.2%.

The average salary of an elementary school teacher in Olympia is $61,333 per year. The average number of elementary school students assigned to a teacher’s classroom in Olympia is 16.

Middle Schools in Olympia, Washington

There are 4 public middle schools inOlympia, Washington. The public middle schools in Olympia are ranked #74.3 (with 100 being the best) in the United States according to our research. Among middle school students, approximately 3.7% are enrolled at private schools in Olympia.

The average percentage of students proficient in math in Olympia, Washington at the elementary level is 68.4%, and proficient in reading & language arts 77.2%.

The average salary of a middle school teacher in Olympia is $61,333 per year. The average number of middle school students assigned to a teacher’s classroom in Olympia is 18.

High Schools in Olympia, Washington

There are 4 high schools in Olympia, Washington. The public high schools in Olympia are ranked #73.4 (with 100 being the best) in the United States according to our research. Among high school students, approximately 0.8% are enrolled at private schools in Olympia.

The average percentage of students proficient in math in Olympia, Washington at the elementary level is 67.2%, and proficient in reading & language arts 87.5%.

The average salary of a high school teacher in Olympia is $61,333 per year. The average number of high school students assigned to a teacher’s classroom in Olympia is 22.

Infrastructure and Government in Olympia, Washington

Olympia, Washington is a city in a metro area of 250,000 to 1 million in the Pacific Time Zone.The wireless internet speeds inOlympia are approximately 51 Mbps, while wired internet connections average a speed of 192 Mbps.

Transportation in Olympia, Washington

The nearest airport to Olympia is 40 miles away. The nearest coastline is 26 miles away. Compared to national averages, traffic on highways and roads in Olympia is lowAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest. The road network is highAnalytics team at Dwellics grouped locations into 5 ranges for each metric: Lowest, Low, Moderate, High, Highest.

Community Demographics in Olympia, Washington

In terms of political views, the Olympia population skews Democratic. The top religion in Olympia is Protestant. The top age group is 25-44 per census data.

Household Types in Olympia, Washington

Household TypePercentage of Population
Singles in Olympia59.1%
Married Couples in Olympia40.9%

Age Groups of People Living in Olympia, Washington

Age GroupPercentage of Population
18 to 24 year olds9.6%
25 to 44 year olds31.4%
45 to 64 year olds23.5%
65+ year olds17.5%

Race Diversity in Olympia, Washington

The Race Diversity score in Olympia, Washington is 20.Race diversity score ranges from 0 to 100. The more diverse, the higher the score..

Race DiversityPercentage of Population
Latino/Hispanics8.9%
Whites82.1%
Black or African Americans2.6%
American Indian & Alaska Natives1%
Asians7.1%
Native Hawaiians & Other Pacific Islanders0.6%
Multi5.3%
Other1.4%

The Religion of people living in Olympia, Washington

The primary religious affiliation in Olympia, Washington is Protestant. The Religion Diversity score inOlympia, Washington is 29.3.Religion diversity score ranges from 0 to 100. The more diverse, the higher the score..

ReligionPercentage of Population
Protestant15.4%
Catholic7.3%
Orthodox0%
Other / Christian0.1%
Mormon4.3%
Jewish0.3%
Muslim0.2%
Buddhist1%
Hindu0%
Other / Non-Christian0.2%

Industry and Occupation in Olympia, Washington

The top industry present in Olympia, Washington is Educational services, health care, and social assistance. 44.8 % of residents work in Management, business, science, and arts occupations, while only 6% work in Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations. The Industry Diversity score in Olympia, Washington is 64.3.Industry diversity score ranges from 0 to 100. The more diverse, the higher the score.

IndustryPercentage of Population
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining1.8%
Construction4.1%
Manufacturing5.7%
Wholesale trade1.4%
Retail trade11.5%
Transportation and warehousing, and utilities3.5%
Information1.8%
Finance and insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing5.1%
Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services8.5%
Educational services, health care, and social assistance21.4%
Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services12.7%
Other services, except public administration5.2%
Public administration17.4%

The Occupation Diversity score in Olympia, Washington is 69.Occupation diversity score ranges from 0 to 100. The more diverse, the higher the score.

OccupationPercentage of Population
Management, business, science, and arts occupations44.8%
Service occupations19.7%
Sales and office occupations19.6%
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations6%
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations9.9%

Average Educational level of people living in Olympia,Washington

76.1% of residents in Olympia, Washington have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to the U.S. average of 46.6%. 50.2% of residents in Olympia, Washington hold STEM degrees (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The Educational level Diversity score in Olympia, Washington is 78.5.Educational diversity score ranges from 0 to 100. The more diverse, the higher the score.

Educational levelPercentage of Population
Less than high school graduate7.4%
High school graduate (includes equivalency)16.4%
Some college or associate's degree32.5%
Bachelor's degree24.7%
Graduate or professional degree18.9%