Olympia, WA

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Population

49,928

0.645% growth

Median Age

38.3


Median Household Income

$55,539

1.86% growth

Poverty Rate

18.4%


Number of Employees

24,317

1.77% growth

Median Property Value

$265,400

7.84% growth

About

In 2017, Olympia, WA had a population of 49.9k people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $55,539. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Olympia, WA grew from 49,608 to 49,928, a 0.645% increase and its median household income grew from $54,523 to $55,539, a 1.86% increase.

The population of Olympia, WA is 78.5% White Alone, 7.38% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.78% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Olympia, WA speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Olympia, WA are South Puget Sound Community College (1,567 degrees awarded in 2016) and Fosbre Academy of Hair Design (12 degrees).

The median property value in Olympia, WA is $265,400, and the homeownership rate is 45.2%. Most people in Olympia, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Olympia, WA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Olympia, WA employs 24.3k people. The largest industries in Olympia, WA are Public Administration (4,236 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,560 people), and Retail Trade (3,125 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($64,875), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,688), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,554).

Median household income in Olympia, WA is $55,539. Males in Olympia, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,882. The income inequality in Olympia, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,539

2017 value

± $3,078

1.86%

1 Year Growth

± 7.58%

Households in Olympia, WA have a median annual income of $55,539, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,523 in 2016, which represents a 1.86% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,040

Average Male Salary

± $1,385

$53,882

Average Female Salary

± $1,130

In 2017, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,555 ± $3,156

  2. White

    $57,225 ± $943

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,049 ± $3,328

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Olympia, WA is from Washington.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.104% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 121

  2. Census Tract 120

  3. Census Tract 117.10

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Olympia, WA was Census Tract 121 with a value of $88,564, followed by Census Tract 120 and Census Tract 117.10, with respective values of $85,278 and $83,608.

The following map shows all of the places in Olympia, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Olympia, WA (8.97k out of 48.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,093 ± 741

  2. Hispanic

    1,291 ± 356

  3. Asian

    674 ± 227

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Olympia, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

24.3k

2017 Value

± 1,217

1.77%

1 Year growth

± 6.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Olympia, WA grew at a rate of 1.77%, from 23.9k employees to 24.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Olympia, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,059 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,688 people), and Management Occupations (2,626 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Olympia, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Olympia, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,059 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,688 people), and Management Occupations (2,626 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Olympia, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.11 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.61 times), and Legal Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Olympia, WA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($79,412), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,750), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($69,792).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

24.3k

2017 Value

± 1,217

1.77%

1 Year growth

± 6.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Olympia, WA grew at a rate of 1.77%, from 23.9k employees to 24.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Olympia, WA, are Public Administration (4,236 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,560 people), and Retail Trade (3,125 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Olympia, WA, though some of these residents may live in Olympia, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Olympia, WA, by number of employees, are Public Administration (4,236 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,560 people), and Retail Trade (3,125 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Olympia, WA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (3.73 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.48 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Olympia, WA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($64,875), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,688), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,554).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($37.2B) and Gasoline ($28.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92% of the population of Olympia, WA has health coverage, with 47.3% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 2.89% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Olympia, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Olympia, WA see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1192 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1254 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 335 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1,192 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.03%

Uninsured

47.3%

Employer Coverage

15.1%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

16%

Non-Group

2.89%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Olympia, WA declined by 17.7% from 9.76% to 8.03%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Olympia, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Washington by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Olympia, WA is home to a population of 49.9k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Olympia, WA residents were born outside of the country (4.49k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Olympia, WA is composed of 39.2k White Alone residents (78.5%), 3.69k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.38%), 3.39k Asian Alone residents (6.78%), 1.81k Two or More Races residents (3.62%), 1.27k Black or African American Alone residents (2.55%), 392 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.785%), 109 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.218%), and 98 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.196%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Olympia, WA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Olympia, WA was 38.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Olympia, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Olympia, WA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    4.49k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Olympia, WA residents (4.49k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Olympia, WA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,445 ± 11,764 people

  2. Philippines

    67,799 ± 6,362 people

  3. India

    67,429 ± 6,345 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Washington residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

95.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.8% of Olympia, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Olympia, WA was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    39.2k ± 853

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.69k ± 717

  3. Asian Alone

    3.39k ± 523

In 2017, there were 10.6 times more White Alone residents (39.2k people) in Olympia, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.69k Hispanic or Latino and 3.39k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Olympia, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Olympia, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Olympia, WA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Olympia, WA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    991 ± 174

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    792 ± 221

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    661 ± 173

Olympia, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Olympia, WA awarded 1,579 degrees. The student population of Olympia, WA is skewed towards women, with 2,108 male students and 2,765 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Olympia, WA are White (1,026 and 65.8%), followed by Unknown (145 and 9.3%), Hispanic or Latino (134 and 8.6%), and Two or More Races (116 and 7.44%).

The largest universities in Olympia, WA by number of degrees awarded are South Puget Sound Community College (1,567 and 99.2%) and Fosbre Academy of Hair Design (12 and 0.76%).

The most popular majors in Olympia, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (740 and 46.9%), Welding Technology (67 and 4.24%), and Medical Assistant (65 and 4.12%).

The median tuition costs in Olympia, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 740 degrees awarded

  2. 48 degrees awarded

  3. 38 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Olympia, WA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 740 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Olympia, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,567 degrees awarded

  2. 12 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Olympia, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was South Puget Sound Community College with 1,567 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

670

Degrees Awarded to Men

909

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 670 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Olympia, WA, which is 0.737 times less than the 909 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,026 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    145 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    134 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Olympia, WA were to White students. These 1,026 degrees mean that there were 7.08 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 145 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Olympia, WA was $265,400 in 2017, which is 1.22 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $246,100 to $265,400, a 7.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Olympia, WA is 45.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Olympia, WA have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Olympia, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,539

Median Household Income

± $3,078

22k

Number of Households

± 1,073

In 2017, the median household income of the 22k households in Olympia, WA grew to $55,539 from the previous year's value of $54,523.

The following chart displays the households in Olympia, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$265,400

2017 Median

± $6,143

$246,100

2016 Median

± $5,353

In 2017, the median property value in Olympia, WA grew to to $265,400 from the previous year's value of $246,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Olympia, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Olympia, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Olympia, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Olympia, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

45.2%

2017 Homeownership

46.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 45.2% of the housing units in Olympia, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 46.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Olympia, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Olympia, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Olympia, WA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Olympia, WA have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.01% of the workforce in Olympia, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73%

  2. Carpooled

    9.55%

  3. Walked

    4.66%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Olympia, WA was Drove Alone (73%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.55%) and those who Walked (4.66%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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