10 Best Places to Live in Washington

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8) Olympia

Olympia is the beautiful state capital of Washington located near Puget Sound and just 60 miles from Seattle. The city is chock full of parks and forest preserves including numerous skate parks, Watershed Park, Sunrise Park, Priest Point Park, and the nearby Capitol State Park. Olympia currently has a population of over 50,000 residents and contains the nearby Olympia Regional Airport for convenient transportation. The Washington state government is the city’s largest employer with a staff of over 25,000. Popular local attractions and activities include the Fish Brewing Company, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Olympia Family Theater, Centennial Station, and Kurt Cobain’s former home. Olympia is also heavily involved in roller derby and is the dwelling grounds of the 2009 Women’s Flat Track Derby champions, the Oly Rollers. In terms of education, Evergreen State College is located in Olympia and is a more unconventional liberal arts college offering degrees in fields such as comedy, music, animation, organic farming, and more.

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