About the Area
Olympia is the capital of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. It was incorporated on January 28, 1859. It borders Lacey to the east and Tumwater to the south and is located 60 miles southwest of Seattle.
Population = 49,670 (estimated as of 2014)
Mild winters and pleasantly warm summers make the Olympia area an ideal place for outdoor recreation. In Olympia, you can "get out of town" without even leaving the city. Olympia maintains 40 public parks for your recreation enjoyment. Olympia's strategic geographic location along Interstate 5 at the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula, puts one within two hours or less of regional recreational attractions - from hiking and skiing in the mountains to beachcombing along ocean shores.
On April 22, 1981 the City of Olympia signed a Sister City Friendship Agreement with the Town of Yashiro, Japan (now Kato City, Japan). The Yashiro Japanese Garden, created in honor of the friendship, is located adjacent to Lee Creighton Justice Center (former City Hall) on Plum Street. The main street in Kato City is named Olympia Avenue.
Amtrak - Centennial Station