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Olympia Information

Olympia Facts  (See more on Olympia and Thurston County)

Government:  Olympia is run by a council-manager form with seven council members, including the mayor. The City Manager is in charge of day-to-day business.  City Hall is located at 601 4th Ave. E, 360-753-8447,

Population:  44,114 (2005 U.S. Census estimate)
Square Miles:  16.7 land, 1.8 water
State Legislative District:  20th
Rank in population size:  First in Thurston County

Check it out:   Olympia is 6th on Kiplinger’s 2009 Best Cities10th on the Forbes Magazine 2007 list of Best Places for Business and Careers; 16th on Sperling’s 2007 ranking of Best U.S. cities;27th on Kiplinger’s 2006 list of 50 Smart Places to Live; featured in the 2006 edition of 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family!; ranked 36th on the  2007 Country Home Magazine list of Best Green Cities in America; and ranked 10th on the Men’s Journal 2005 list of Top 50 Best Places to Live.
Olympia is also home to the Evergreen State College – one of the country’s top liberal arts institutions, St. Martin’s University in Lacey, and South Puget Sound Community College.
From Olympia’s historic downtown to the Westside shopping mall to the waterfront Farmers Market, Olympia boasts a diverse mix of shops, restaurants and amenities.

Olympia’s Parks, Arts & Recreation manages 40 City parks, and 963 acres of undeveloped open space and a public art collection valued at over 1 million dollars. Many Olympia parks have something unique to offer. From playgrounds and ball fields to public art and wildlife habitats, come explore nature in a way that only Olympia.

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