Olympia is located in a scenic waterfront setting at the southern tip of Puget Sound and enjoys a temperate marine climate. The City is routinely recognized in reputable rankings for its livability. Olympia is also within easy driving distance of major national parks, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and the urban centers of Seattle, Portland and Vancouver BC.As state capitol of Washington State, Olympia is home to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of State government.Olympia was incorporated in 1859 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009. Olympia is a Council-Manager city, with a seven member City Council including an elected Mayor. The City Manager has executive authority to oversee and manage municipal services and operations.