What a location! One of the first things mentioned by physicians who locate here is the amazing livability of the area. Although Olympia is the state capital it still retains a small-town feel, but boasts the resources and amenities of a much larger community. The population of the metropolitan area is upwards of 82,000 but the community is very friendly and accessible.
Olympia is filled with excellent schools, friendly neighborhoods and a lively downtown. It is located on the southern tip of the Puget Sound and the downtown has a boardwalk along the marinas. Olympia boasts a permanent farmer market. It’s a great place to raise a family and housing costs are very reasonable. Many residents choose to purchase homes in Olympia.
You'll enjoy a slower pace of life, yet is an area with lots to do — canoeing to camping, hoops to hiking, baseball to boating, clam digging to fly fishing, restaurant hopping to shopping. Whatever you do for fun, Olympia is home to it or close to it.
Set on the southern tip of Puget Sound, Olympia is right in the heart of the Pacific Northwest ... both in geography and in attitude. Interstate 5 offers quick, convenient access to many great Pacific Northwest destinations.
Seattle, a short hour away, offers sports — NFL football, Major League baseball and Professional Soccer. Not to mention its world-class music, restaurants and shopping!
About three hours north is Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — truly an international crossroads. Portland, Oregon is two hours south. The city’s thriving downtown and historic neighborhoods entice visitors from all over the world!
A two-hour drive east gets you to the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier for a world of wintertime play — downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The ancient rain forests of Olympic National Park are just an hour away to the west. The Pacific Ocean also is just over an hour away … replete with clamming and beach-combing.
The Southwest Washington Service Area encompasses a five-county area including Grays Harbor, Pacific, Mason, Thurston and Lewis counties. What is it like to live in Southwest Washington? Check out the links below to find out more information about some of the cities and schools in our area.
Experience Olympia & Beyone - Visitor & Convention Bureau
Thurston County Economic Development Center
Washington State Tourism Division
City of Olympia
Olympia/Thurston County Chamber
City of Tumwater
City of Lacey
Lewis County Chamber
City of Shelton
Washington State Home Page Index
North Thurston Public Schools
Olympia School District
Tumwater School District
South Puget Sound Community College
The Evergreen State College
Saint Martin's University