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Olalla is a small unincorporated community in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. It is located on Colvos Passage on Puget Sound just north of the Pierce County county line. Olalla used to be larger than Port Orchard, county seat of Kitsap County. A former logging area, Olalla now partially relies on tourism, hosting an annual Polar Bear Jump on January 1 and Bluegrass Festival the third Saturday in August. Olalla is now a residential community for commuters to nearby cities and towns, although a working-class population from the logging days still remains. Its name is the Salishan and Chinook Jargon word for "berry" or "berries" (usually olallie or ollalie in most lexicons of the Jargon). The Olalla Community Club has been operated by Marty Kellogg and his family since the early eighties. An old original church stands just down the street from the Club and is being used to this day. The former pioneers church Pastor lived right across the street from the Church. Olalla has some small claim to fame as the location of an early 20th-century health retreat (Sanitarium) called Wilderness Heights a.k.a. "Starvation Heights", The sanitarium was owned and operated by Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. Dr. Hazzard's practice of starvation to cure one's ills resulted in the death of a visiting English heiress in 1911, and the conviction of Dr. Hazzard for her murder. The original bathtub where Hazzard performed autopsies is still in the house, which has a family residing there. Olalla author Gregg Olsen wrote about Starvation Heights in his award-winning book of the same name. Olalla was served by many steamship including the Virginia V which is the last operational example of a Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer. She was once part of a large fleet of small passenger and freight carrying ships that linked the islands and ports of Puget Sound in Washington State in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.On 21 October 1934, a severe Pacific storm swept through the Puget Sound. Virginia V was attempting to dock at Olalla, when the brunt of the storm hit. The powerful winds pushed the ship against the dock as the waves pounded the ship into the pilings. The result was the near destruction of the upper decks.


Olalla in United States offers a unique experience to travellers. After your splendid visit to Olalla, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Seattle. Add Seattle to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Sky View Observatory, Space Needle, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Tour packages of Olalla are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Olalla*

  • Pollution Statistics in Olalla

    Know the pollution level of Olalla before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 29.17 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 4.17 (Very Low)
  • Olalla: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Olalla for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Olalla.

    • Burglary and Theft 52.63 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 43.42 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 55.26 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.17 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 46.05 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 46.05 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 72.22 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 64.47 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 30.26 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.26 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 72.37 (High)
  • Living in Olalla - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Olalla is 175.33 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 45.81 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 90.69 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 26.91 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 55.83 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 78.7 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 68.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.23 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 129 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Olalla

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Olalla

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.29 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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