City of Olympia

City of Olympia

The City of Olympia is the capital of Washington State.  It is located near the waters of the South Sound and is about an hour south of Seattle and a half hour from Tacoma.  Olympia offers great freeway access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  In fact, the City of Olympia is about 17 miles from JBLM, a 21 minute commute along the I-5 corridor.

About Olympia, Washington

Olympia has mild winters and warm summers. This city has a great history and many historic buildings that range architecturally from Greek revival to neoclassic in stature.  Olympia has a strong arts community.  The downtown area has great shopping offering many antique stores, art stores and newer retail stories. The City of Olympia offer easy access to and is known as the gateway to the Olympic National Forest, to the Pacific Ocean, and to various historic towns along the Olympic Peninsula where one can walk the beach, fish, camp, shop, hike and ski.

Olympia promotes itself as a very bicycle friendly city and boasts many bicycle lanes and trails.  It is also offers a very sports oriented lifestyle.  The Olympic Center is one of several facilities around the area that caters to adults, teens and children.  Olympia offers a wide variety of activities to all residents of Olympia from adult and kids’ soccer, volleyball, track and field games as well as baseball, kids’ t-ball, and football.  Take a class in rowing and then join the Olympia Row Team.   In the summer, sign up to for river rafting trips. The Olympic Center offers both day and overnight camps, performing arts, animation, fine arts and crafts to mention a few.  The Olympic Center includes instruction in laughter yoga as well as outdoor exploration of the various parks surrounding the City of Olympia.  The Olympic Center is located at 222 Columbia Street N W Olympia, WA and direct telephone is (360) 753-8380.

Olympia is made up of three school districts:  North Thurston County, Olympia and Tumwater.  North Thurston is the only school in the South Sound that offers K-12 Deaf Education.   Olympia is proud of its higher education profile, this includes: Evergreen State College (public, Liberal Arts College); St. Martin’s University (private, liberal arts, education, business and engineering) is a four years and above University; South Puget Sound Community College, (public, two years college) offers enrichment and vocational courses. Settle in Olympia, Washington and enjoy a very full life!

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Welcome to Olympia, Washington


Latitude and Longitude – 47°2′33″N 122°53′35″W
Approximately 17 miles West/SW from JBLM


50,302 (2015 Census)

Housing costs

Apartment rental cost (median): $1,250/month
Home rental cost (median): $1,700/month
Home purchase price (median): $250,000

Public Safety

Law Enforcement

Olympia Police Department
(360) 704-2740


Providence St. Peter Hospital
(360) 491-9480


Water Service

City of Olympia
(360) 753-8340

Electricity Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773

Natural Gas Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773

Waste and Recycling Service

Pacific Disposal
(360) 923-0111