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Olympia, Washington (WA)

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Where is the Capital of Washington?
The Map of Washington (WA) shows the location of the state capital in the "Evergreen State". Washington has 39 counties, and the capital of the State is Olympia. On a map, the capital city is always indicated by a star. Interesting fun facts about Olympia including its history, location, county, current population, size of the city and the nickname of Olympia, Washington.


The Map of Washington and map provides an outline of the state, which covers 71,303 square miles. The size of the state's capital city, Olympia, is 18.5 square miles. Test your recognition skills of the map of the state, and knowledge of its capital, with our State Maps Quiz Game.

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Where is Olympia located?
The location of Olympia is at the south end of Puget Sound on Budd Inlet, at the mouth of the Deschutes River. The city is located in Thurston county, Washington.

Capital of Washington - Olympia
Each of the 50 states have their own capital city. The city of Olympia is the capital of the state. The capital does not have to be the largest city in the state, but is usually centrally located either geographically or by population.

The capital is the prominent city, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of the state where the state legislature, senate, governor, mayor and other state offices are located.

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Where is Washington? (WA)

The State of Washington is located in the Pacific North west region of the United States.


History & Facts on Olympia, the Capital of Washington
The History and Fast, fun facts about Olympia, the capital city of the "Evergreen State":

History & Facts about Olympia, Washington - Fast Fact Sheet
Fact 1: The Capital is Olympia although the largest city is Seattle

Fact 2: The state covers 71,303 square miles and the size of the capital is 18.5 square miles

Fact 3: The population of the capital city is 47,698. Nickname "Oly" and "O Town"
Fact 4: It is the county seat of Thurston county

Fact 5 on History: Native Indian tribes were the early inhabitants of the area, including the Chinook, Columbia, Makah, Nez Perce, Ozette, Wallawalla, Wynoochee and Yakima.

Fact 6 on History: In 1792 the explorer Peter Puget (1765 1822) an officer in the British Royal Navy led British Vancouver Expedition and charted the site in the area of Puget Sound

Fact 7 on History: In 1846, Levi Smith and Edmund Sylvester jointly claimed the land that is now downtown Olympia.

Fact 8 on History: In 1851, the U.S. Congress established the Customs District of Puget Sound for Washington Territory and the city of Olympia became the home of the customs house.

Fact 9 on History: The number of settlers increased making the long journey along the wagon train route of the 2000 mile Oregon Trail

Fact 10 on History: Isaac N. Ebey (1818 1857) a settler who worked for the U.S. Customs service and is credited with naming the city in honor of the Olympic Peninsula mountains to the west of Puget Sound.

Fact 11 on History: In 1949 an earthquake caused major damage to many historic buildings and they were demolished.

Facts about the Population of Olympia, Washington
The number of people, or the population of the capital city of Olympia, obviously changes constantly but the government statistics for the 2012 population of Olympia was 47,698, which provides a good indication of the number of inhabitants of the city.

Olympia, Washington - Homework Help for Kids
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