If you have been looking to live in a relaxed college town with ample access to the great outdoors and where great boating is readily accessible, then Olympia, with 45,000 people in southern Washington, might be the place for you. Boating on Puget Sound should appeal to sailors and fishermen. Beyond boating, Outside Magazine recently named Olympia as one of the best college towns in America. There are 3 community colleges, led by Evergreen State College which creates a youthful presence here. The city, the capital of Washington, serves as a regional shopping, cultural, and entertainment center. There are many cultural activities, along with plenty of open spaces and beautiful parklands. Olympia National Park is perfect for hiking and other activities. The area gets plenty of rain but it also has a relatively mild climate. All that rain results in a lush and picturesque environment that is second to none, with Puget Sound on one side and the Olympic mountains on the other. This diverse city has a wet but mild climate in the winter.