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Olympia - Town vs. County Stats

Olympia - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Olympia: $533,100 / County Avg $520,200

51%

Avg Taxes in Olympia: $4,000 / County Avg $3,400

59%

Avg Sq. Ft. in Olympia: 2,330 / County Avg 2,323

50%

Avg Price per/ft2 in Olympia: $229 / County Avg $224

102%

Avg Walkscore in Olympia: 23 / County Avg 18

62%

Avg Year Built in Olympia: 1983 / County Avg 1993

50%

Avg Days on Website in Olympia: 121 / County Avg 101

60%

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History
The site of Olympia has been home to Lushootseed-speaking peoples for thousands of years, including Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Suquamish, and Duwamish.

The first recorded visit by Europeans was in 1792 when Peter Puget and a crew from the British Vancouver Expedition charted the site. In 1846, Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith jointly claimed the land that now comprises downtown Olympia. In 1851, the U.S. Congress established the Customs District of Puget Sound for Washington Territory and Olympia became the home of the customs house. Its population being steadily expanded from Oregon Trail immigrants, in 1853 the town settled on the name Olympia, due to its view of the Olympic Mountains to the northwest. The area began to be served by a small fleet of steamboats known as the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.

In 1896, Olympia became the home of the Olympia Brewing Company, which brewed Olympia Beer until 2003.

A 1949 earthquake damaged many historic buildings beyond repair, and they were demolished. Parts of the city also suffered damage from earthquake tremors in 1965 and the 2001 Nisqually earthquake.
In 1967, the state legislature approved the creation of The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Since 1984, Olympia has also been home to the South Puget Sound Community College.


Geography
The city of Olympia is located at the southern end of Puget Sound on Budd Inlet. The Deschutes River estuary was dammed in 1951 to create Capitol Lake. Much of the lower area of downtown Olympia sits on reclaimed land. The cities of Lacey and Tumwater border Olympia.


Local Attractions
Local attractions in Olympia include:
-The Capitol Building situated above Capitol Lake
-The Olympia Artesian Well - natural, free-flowing artesian well was originally constructed a century ago and continues to flow 10 gallons per minute to this day.
-Heritage Splash fountain, a summertime favorite with locals and visitors alike
-The Olympia Hand’s on Children’s Museum
-Percival Landing Boardwalk - Olympia's newly reconstructed, one mile waterfront boardwalk, Percival Landing. Enjoy scenic views of the Olympic Mountains, restaurants, shops, a brand-new playground and Olympia's Harbor House.
-The Olympia Farmer’s Market
-Priest Point Park - This 314 acre regional park includes picnic areas, a playground, basketball, nature trails and more.
-Capital Lakefair Festival and Parade
-Various festivals throughout the year


Business
The largest employer in Olympia is the State of Washington and the local government.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
Although located not directly in Olympia, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is only a short drive away. Olympia, WA makes a perfect location to call home for the men and women serving at JBLM. Olympia is located between exits 109 and101 at the I5 interstate. Joint Base Lewis McChord's Main Gate is located at exit 120.


Bus Service
Bus schedule and information available at the www.intercitytransit.com


Education
Olympia's main public school district is the Olympia School District. Information for each of the schools can be found at the Olympia School School District’s web page: http://osd.wednet.edu/. Links to schools are also available in the Resources tab.

GreatSchools Lacey school ratings and additional information is also available at www.greatschools.org/washington/lacey


Olympia Public Elementary Schools:
Boston Harbor Elementary School - 7300 Zangle Road NE, Olympia WA 98506, Phone: (360) 596-6200
Centennial Elementary School - 2637 45th Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-8300
Garfield Elementary School - 325 Plymouth Street NW, Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-6900
Hansen Elementary School - 1919 Road Sixty-Five NW , Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-7400
Lincoln Elementary School - 213 21st Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-6400
LP Brown Elementary School - 2000 26th Ave NW, Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-6800
Madison Elementary School - 1225 Legion Way SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-6300
McKenny Elementary School - 3250 Morse-Merryman Road SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-8400
McLane Elementary School - 200 Delphi Road SW , Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-6600
Pioneer Elementary School - 1655 Carlyon Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-6500
Roosevelt Elementary School - 1417 San Francisco Ave NE, Olympia WA 98506, Phone: (360) 596-6700

Olympia Public Middle Schools:
Jefferson Middle School - 2200 Conger Ave NW, Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-3200
Marshall Middle School - 3939 20th Ave NW, Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-7600
Reeves Middle School - 2200 Quince Street NE, Olympia WA 98506, Phone: (360) 596-3400
Washington Middle School - 3100 Cain Road SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-3000

Olympia Public High Schools:
Avanti High School - 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-7900
Capital High School - 2707 Conger Avenue , Olympia WA 98502, Phone: (360) 596-8000
Olympia High School - 1302 North Street SE, Olympia WA 98501, Phone: (360) 596-7000