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National Geographic names Olympia one of the 29 Best Small Cities in America

We've said it before, we'll say it again - Olympia doesn't get the kudos it deserves!

Well, National Geographic (and us, of course - but NatGeo is a slightly bigger deal - we guess) is changing that.

The magazine compiled a list of the 29 Best Small Cities in America - and Olympia grabbed a spot on their list.

NatGeo partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to identify the top small cities in the U.S. The metrics they used were maybe a bit unconventional but, we'll let you be the judge. Here’s what they measured:

  • Green spaces/parks
  • Galleries
  • Coffee shops
  • Breweries
  • Music venues
  • “Instagrammable” moments
  • Yelp reviews
  • Nightlife
  • Culture
  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouses and delis

We're unclear as to whether Instagrammable moments should define whether a city is the BEST or not - but hey - some might! We can though get behind the green spaces and coffee shop categories, which of course Olympia ranked high on. DUH.

Congrats Oly!

Click here to visit NatGeo’s article for more information and to see other U.S. cities who made the cut.