The small city of Olympia, Washington is home to just under 50,000 residents. With an average age of just under 40, the city's population is slightly older than other cities in Washington, which has an average age of 38. Renters slightly outnumber homeowners in Olympia by a narrow 55%-45% margin. With a relatively reasonable average rent of $1,100/month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Washington. Each month, renters in Olympia will save around $108 compared to the state average. That adds up over the course of 12 months.
Averaging about 22 minutes, the commute time for Olympia residents is shorter than the Washington average of about 29 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the most common means of commuting to work, chosen by 40% of residents, while public transit isn't widely used. Relatively few residents (2%) walk to work, though the number is greater than the national average.
Compared to the national average (7%), Olympia has a high percentage of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees, as 10% possess a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Furthermore, 19% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Olympia. The four most common are public administration, healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 28% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, which ranks as the top profession in the city. With an average annual income of just under $69K, Olympia workers earn around $13,000 less than the average Washington resident. Olympia's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345).
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