Olympia is the inspiring capital of Washington. It is the county seat of Thurston County. It is in the Puget Sound region.
Lushootseed-speaking Native American tribes inhabited the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. In 1792, a Vancouver Expedition mapped the area. In 1851, the United States established the Customs District and Olympia became the location of the customs house. The city was incorporated in 1859.
Olympia has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry and cool. Late fall to early winter is rainy. Flooding can occur at this time of year. There is a high percentage of cloud cover throughout the year. Snow occurs in the winters as well.
The State of Washington, local government, and Providence St. Peter Hospital employs the largest numbers of Olympia residents. Other government, healthcare, education, Walmart, and Great Wolf Lodges employ many residents as well.
Fine arts are a substantial aspect of Olympia’s culture. An annual Earth Day festival is a large community celebration. The Procession of the Species is another. Thirty thousand people have been known to attend. The women’s flat track roller derby league is popular as well.
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