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City of Olympia
Olympia

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Coordinates: 47°2′33″N 122°53′35″W / 47.0425, -122.89306
Country United States
State Washington
County Thurston
Incorporated January 28, 1859
Government
 - Mayor Mark Foutch
Area
 - Total 18.5 sq mi (48.0 km²)
 - Land 16.7 sq mi (43.3 km²)
 - Water 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km²)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 42,514
 - Density 2,544.4/sq mi (982.3/km²)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98500-98599
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-51300GR2
GNIS feature ID 1533353GR3
Website: www.ci.olympia.wa.us

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington. It was incorporated on January 28, 1859. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 42,514. Olympia is the county seat of Thurston County and a major cultural center of the Puget Sound region. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1440x400, 83 KB) Summary Downtown Olympia, WA and the Black Hills. ... Flag of Olympia, Washington File links The following pages link to this file: Olympia, Washington Categories: Flag images ... Image File history File links Map_of_Washington_highlighting_Thurston_County. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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History

Old courthouse building and Sylvester Park
Old courthouse building and Sylvester Park

The site of Olympia was 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 the 1840s, Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith jointly claimed the land that now comprises downtown Olympia. In 1853 the town settled on the name Olympia due to its view of the Olympic Mountains to the northwest. It is also claimed to be the farthest point on The Oregon Trail. The local history of Olympia, Washington includes long-term habitation by Native Americans, chartering by a famous British explorer, settlement of the town in the 1840s, the controversial siting of a state college in the 1960s and the ongoing development of arts and culture from a variety of influences. ... Image File history File links Olympia_old_cap_aug_05. ... Image File history File links Olympia_old_cap_aug_05. ... Lushootseed (also xwəlšucid, dxwləšúcid, Puget Salish, Puget Sound Salish, Skagit-Nisqually) is the language or dialect continuum of several Salish Native American groups of modern-day Washington state. ... Squaxin Island Tribe (also Squaxin, Squaxon) is a Native American tribe in western Washington state in the United States. ... Nisqually is a Native American tribe in western Washington state in the United States. ... The Puyallup are a Native American tribe from western Washington state, U.S.A. They settled onto reservation lands in what is today Tacoma, Washington, in late 1854, after signing the Treaty of Medicine Creek. ... Chehalis (tribe) is a group of Native American peoples from western Washington state in the United States. ... Suquamish woman photographed by Edward S. Curtis in 1913. ... Duwamish (the People of the Inside) is a Native American tribe in western Washington. ... Peter Puget was an officer in the British Royal Navy. ... A life sized statue covered in gold of George Vancouver on top of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings Captain George Vancouver RN (June 22, 1757 – May 12, 1798) was an officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his exploration of North America, including the Pacific coast along the modern... The Olympic Mountains The Olympic Mountains are a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington in the United States. ... Oregon Trail may refer to: The Oregon Trail, the historic migration route across the western United States. ...


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. Olympia is often associated with the Olympia Brewing Company, which from 1896-2003 brewed Olympia Beer. The Olympia Brewing Company was a brewery in Tumwater, Washington which existed from 1896 until 2003. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Olympia is a brand of beer brewed since 1983 by Pabst Brewing Company. ...


Pulp fiction writer Raymond Chandler sketchily described depression-era Olympia as a town with government buildings in his 1936 short story "Goldfish". For other persons named Raymond Chandler, see Raymond Chandler (disambiguation). ...


A 1949 earthquake damaged many historic buildings beyond repair, and they were demolished. In 1965 and 2001, Olympia suffered damage from earthquake tremors, including the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. The Nisqually earthquake occurred on February 28, 2001, and was one of the largest recorded earthquakes in Washington state history. ...


In 1967, the state legislature approved the creation of The Evergreen State College near Olympia. Because of the college's presence, Olympia has become a hub for artists and musicians, and was recently named one of the best college towns in the nation for its vibrant downtown and access to outdoor activities.[1] The Evergreen signature clock tower The Evergreen State College is an accredited public liberal arts college and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. ...


Geography and climate

Downtown Olympia and Mt. Rainier
Downtown Olympia and Mt. Rainier

Olympia is located at 47°2′33″N, 122°53′35″W (47.042418, -122.893077).GR1 Image File history File links Olympiaaug05_wf. ... Image File history File links Olympiaaug05_wf. ... Mount Rainier is a stratovolcano (and national park) located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington in Pierce County. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area 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 (9.77%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city of Olympia is located at the southern end of Puget Sound on Budd Inlet. The Deschutes River estuary at Olympia has been dammed to create Capitol Lake. Much of the lower areas of downtown Olympia is reclaimed land. Puget Sound For the university in this region, see University of Puget Sound. ... Budd Inlet from Olympia, WA Budd Inlet is a southern arm of Puget Sound. ... Tumwater Falls of the Deschutes River, Tumwater, Washington. ... For other meanings, see Estuary (disambiguation) Rio de la Plata estuary An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. ... Capitol Lake is a 3 kilometer long, 260 acre artificial lake at the lower end of Deschutes River in Tumwater/Olympia, Washington. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ...


The climate of Olympia is a Marine West Coast climate, with very evenly spread precipitation annually, warm summers, and mild winters. Snow occurs annually, but large accumulations are relatively rare. World map showing the oceanic climate zones. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures[2]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 64 73 79 87 96 101 103 104 98 90 74 64
Norm High °F 44.4 48.3 53 58.2 64.6 70 76.1 77 71.7 60.4 49.6 43.8
Norm Low °F 31.8 32.6 34.1 36.5 42 46.4 49.6 49.5 44.9 38.9 35.3 32.1
Rec Low °F -8 -1 9 23 25 30 35 33 25 14 -1 -7
Precip (in) 7.54 6.17 5.29 3.58 2.27 1.78 0.82 1.1 2.03 4.19 8.13 7.89

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 42,514 people, 18,670 households, and 9,968 families residing in the city. The population density was 982.3/km² (2,544.4/mi²). There were 19,738 housing units at an average density of 456.1/km² (1,181.3/mi²). The ethnic makeup of the city is 85.26% White, 1.90% African American, 1.30% Native American, 5.82% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other cultural backgrounds, and 3.76% from two or more ethnicities. 4.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any ethnicities. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... For the Brazilian pop singer, see Latino (singer). ...


There were 18,670 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $40,846, and the median income for a family was $54,136. Males had a median income of $41,267 versus $31,515 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,590. About 6.9% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Schools and universities

Olympia's main public school district is the Olympia School District. Olympia School District enrolled 9,231 students in K-12, based on the 2005-06 school year enrollment report. The school district has a total of 18 schools: 11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 3 high schools. Its high schools are William Winlock Miller High School (also known as Olympia High School), Capital High School (Washington), and Avanti High School. NOVA Middle School is an independent middle school residing within Olympia, but it is not part of the Olympia School District. Olympia School District is a school district serving the city of Olympia in Thurston County, Washington. ... Name William Winlock Miller High School Also known as Olympia High School Organization AAAA school classification Address 1302 North St SE Town Olympia, WA 98501-3612 Established 1907, present building constructed in 1961, renovated 1999 Community Suburban Type Public Secondary Religion Secular Students Coeducational Enrollment 1850 Grades 9 to 12... Capital High School (CHS), commonly referred to as Capital, is a public high school in Olympia, Washington, USA. It is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Olympia School District. ...


In addition to primary schools Olympia has a number of institutions of higher learning, including The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, and St. Martin's University in adjacent Lacey, Washington. The Evergreen signature clock tower The Evergreen State College is an accredited public liberal arts college and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. ... South Puget Sound Community College is a community college located in southwest Olympia, Washington, USA. It is located in a residential area east of the large Shoreview Park. ... St. ... Lacey is a city located in Thurston County, Washington. ...


Private elementary schools include: Olympia Waldorf School, St. Michael School, Holy Family, Evergreen Christian. There are plans for a new Catholic high school to be built in the area soon as well.


The arts

Olympia is a regional center for fine arts. A number of theater experiences are available with companies such as Capital Playhouse , Theater Artists Olympia (TAO), Olympia Little Theater, and Harlequin Productions at the historic State Theater. The Olympia Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at the Washington Center. Many of the city's venues offer exceptional quality entertainment.


Each year the Olympia Film Society (OFS) produces a nationally-recognized film festival and fosters film and video education in Olympia. It also shows independent, classic and international films year-round at the art-deco Capitol Theater. A mostly volunteer-powered organization, OFS supports and presents a variety of culture events, including All Freakin' Night, an all-night horror film screening with a cult following. Olympia Film Society (OFS) is a nonprofit arts organization in Olympia, Washington that shows independent, international and classic film year-round, offers special live performances, and produces the Olympia Film Festival. ...


Rail transportation

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Olympia-Lacey. Amtrak train 11, the southbound Coast Starlight, departs Olympia at 11:21am with service to Centralia, Portland, Sacramento, Emeryville, California (with bus connection to San Francisco), and Los Angeles. Amtrak train 14, the northbound Coast Starlight, departs Olympia at 6:22pm daily with service to Tacoma and Seattle. Amtrak Cascades trains, operating as far north as Vancouver and as far south as Eugene, Oregon, serve Olympia-Lacey several times daily in both directions. The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo, California. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - Total 376. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County, California, in the United States. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... A view of Union Station familiar to many of downtown Los Angeles visitors. ... Tacoma, with Mount Rainier in background You may be looking for Takoma or Tacoma class frigate. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Amtrak Cascades consist in Portland, Oregon. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: The Worlds Greatest City of the Arts & Outdoors Coordinates: , Country State County Lane Founded 1846 Incorporated 1862 Government  - Mayor Kitty Piercy Area  - City 40. ...


Famous residents

Olympia is remarkable for the number of creative individuals who have made Olympia their home. They include many musicians (such as Kurt Cobain, who wrote most of Nirvana's Nevermind while living in Olympia), cartoonists, actors, political activists (such as Rachel Corrie), and several athletes. A great number of influential politicians have also lived in Olympia, due to its location as the Washington state capital. Ted Nugent has a house there as well as Bob Barker and George Munro.[citation needed] The band Sleater-Kinney is from Olympia and took its name from Sleater-Kinney Road in Lacey, just east of the city. A list in progress of famous people who have lived in or around Olympia, Washington Christopher Baldwin - cartoonist Lynda Barry - cartoonist (Life in Hell) Craig Bartlett - cartoonist/animator Shoshana Bean - Broadway actress Josh Blue - comedian Carrie Brownstein - Guitarist/singer (Sleater-Kinney) Mark Bruener - Tight End, Houston Texans Charles Burns - cartoonist... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Rachel Corrie Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. ... Sleater-Kinney are an indie rock trio from Olympia, Washington influenced by the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. ...


Sister city

Olympia has one sister cityKato, Japan. There were previous agreements with Olympia, Greece and Samarkand, Uzbekistan but these are no longer in effect.[3] On April 18, 2007, the City Council voted against adopting the Gaza Strip town Rafah as sister city. [4] Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ... Katō (加東郡; -gun) is a district located in Hyogo, Japan. ... Olympia among the principal Greek sanctuaries Olympia (Greek: Olympía or Olýmpia, older transliterations, Olimpia, Olimbia), a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, comparable in importance to the Pythian Games held in Delphi. ... Samarkand (Tajik: Самарқанд, Persian: ‎ , Uzbek: , Russian: ), population 412,300 in 2005, is the second-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of Samarqand Province. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Rafah (Arabic: رفح Hebrew: רפיח) is a town in the Gaza Strip, on the Egyptian border, and a nearby town on the Egyptian side of the border, on the Sinai Peninsula. ...


Artesian water

Olympia was historically dependent on artesian waters. Early settlers in Swantown and Tumwater used artesian springs for their main water supply. The artesian spring at Fourth Avenue and Main Street (now called Capitol Way) was the main community well where settlers gathered to socialize. The Diamond Parking lot at Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street is active, located in the parking lot of The Manium (421 4th Street). Another still flows at the corner of Olympia Avenue and Washington Street in the Bigelow Neighborhood. The northeast end of Capitol Lake was the location of an artesian well until the creation of the lake. McAllister Springs, the main water source for Olympia, is fed by artesian wells, and the former Olympia Brewery is supplied by 26 artesian wells.[5] Geological strata giving rise to an Artesian well. ... Bigelow Neighborhood, also called the Bigelow Historic District, is a historic district located on the eastside of Olympia, Washington. ... Pabst Brewing Company is an American company founded in 1844 by Jacob Best. ...


Fictional references

Master pulp fiction writer Raymond Chandler once sent his pre-Philip Marlowe sleuth Carmady to Olympia, in 1936 set short story "Goldfish". Depression-era town with government buildings sketchily described. The yarn ends violently on the extreme tip of Olympic Peninsula, in prohibition time smugglers nest (fictional) Westport. For other persons named Raymond Chandler, see Raymond Chandler (disambiguation). ...


See also

The Evergreen signature clock tower The Evergreen State College is an accredited public liberal arts college and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. ... LakeFair is a five day fair in Olympia, Washington USA. LakeFair has many events including a midway of rides and games on the shore of Capitol Lake. ... Olympia Regional Airport (IATA: OLM, ICAO: KOLM) is a public airport located 4 mi (6. ... CommonAction, founded in 2005, is a U.S. nonprofit organization promoting civic engagement for youth throughout society based in Olympia, Washington. ... The city of Olympia, Washington (USA) has been a center of post-punk, anti-folk, and other youth-oriented musical genres since at least the late 1970s. ... The U.S. state of Washington includes several major hotbeds of musical innovation. ... Different definitions of Cascadia and related terms. ... Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) is a movement which began in 2004 in the City of Olympia, Washington. ... Bigelow Neighborhood, also called the Bigelow Historic District, is a historic district located on the eastside of Olympia, Washington. ... The Bigelow House, also known as the Bigelow House Museum, is located at 918 Glass Avenue Northeast in the Bigelow Neighborhood of Olympia, Washington. ... Olympia High School (OHS or WWMHS)), also known as William Winlock Miller High School and commonly referred to as Oly, is a public high school in the southeast side of Olympia, Washington along its border with Tumwater. ...

External links

View from Tumwater Hill
View from Tumwater Hill

Coordinates: 47.042418° N 122.893077° W Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1152x427, 71 KB) Summary Olympia, WA from Tumwater Hill. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1152x427, 71 KB) Summary Olympia, WA from Tumwater Hill. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


References

  1. ^ (2003) Outside Magazine.
  2. ^ Olympia's normal and record temperatures according to Ustravelweather.com
  3. ^ Information on Olympia's former sister cities
  4. ^ Olympia city council votes against adopting Rafah as a sister city
  5. ^ Friends of Artesians. "Historic locations.". Retrieved on 2007-07-02.

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