The indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, known as the Coastal Salish Tribes, inhabited the area and referred to the peninsula of Olympia as “Cheetwoot” or “the black bear place.” The area is primely located at the tip of Budd Inlet and was a favored gathering site for salmon and shellfish. The name Olympia was given by settlers in 1850 after the view of the majestic Olympic Mountains nearby, and the city was later incorporated in 1859. It became a popular site for maritime commerce on the Puget Sound and the town was built up around the waterfront.
Though technically a mid-sized city, the capital of Washington is known for its small town feel. Here you’ll find an eclectic dining and shopping scene as well as an active arts community. Its picturesque, well-kept downtown is along the waterfront and most of the area is walkable. Evergreen State College, a public liberal arts school, is here and feeds a robust music and entertainment niche. Well-funded schools, a stable job market and educated residents are all contributing factors that make Olympia a desirable locale. Government activity drives most of the growth and “liveability” factors. Even the Capitol Building is an architectural prize and tourist attraction.
A diverse mix of Washingtonians call Olympia home. You’ll find a healthy mix of students, politicians, professionals, artists, military — you name it!
Olympia is relatively quiet for a capital city. Amenities are abundant and the people are diverse. The area is surrounded by 40 parks and most homes are nestled among the trees.