Olympia has the 593rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 7.3% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Olympia area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Olympia has the 193rd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Olympia is below average at $48,700, and the median cost of a home in Olympia is $240,800, which is above the national average. 43% of workers in Olympia hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Olympia. 77% of Olympia workers drive to work alone, 2% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Olympia spend an average of 20 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.