Washington, US

Washington: State of the United States of America


Washington became the 42nd state admitted to the Union on November 11, 1889. Its diverse landscape and economy support a growing population.

Geography and Climate

Washington covers 71,362 square miles of mountains, forests, coastal regions and arid areas. It shares a border with Canada and borders Oregon, Idaho and the Pacific Ocean. Prominent geographical features include the volcanic Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier along with the Columbia River.

The climate ranges from rainy in the west to semi-arid in the east. Summers are mild while winters are cold with significant snow in mountain areas.

Economy and Industry

Major industries include aerospace, technology, forestry, agriculture and tourism. Many global companies started in Washington like Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Costco. It is a top producer of lumber and apples. The Hanford Site supported Cold War nuclear projects.

Popular tourist attractions are the Space Needle, Mount Rainier National Park and Pike Place Market.

Culture and Demographics

Washington has about 7.5 million residents with the largest ethnicity being white at 67%, followed by Hispanic/Latino and Asian. Pacific Northwest culture is laidback and progressive with Native American influences. Seattle is known as a vibrant hub for arts and innovation.

Government and Politics

The capital is Olympia while Seattle is the largest city. The current governor is Jay Inslee, Democrat. Washington has voted for Democratic presidential candidates since 1988.

Washington is known for its rainy climate, major technology companies and Pacific Northwest culture. It has a diverse landscape supporting a strong forestry industry and agriculture. As both a coastal and mountainous state, Washington offers many natural highlights.

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Location of Washington

Quick Facts about Washington

Population : 7,693,612
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Washington
Area : 184827 km2
Water as percent of area : 6.79%
Land as percent of area : 93.21%
Legislative body : Washington State Legislature
Named for : George Washington
Altitude : 1,706 feet / 520 meters
Capital : Olympia
Establishment : November 11, 1889 (134 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−08:00, America/Los_Angeles
Local time : 01:46:16 (5th December 2023)
Weather : 31℉ Rain 7-days weather
View of Puget Sound from Harborview Park image
View of Puget Sound from Harborview Park
View of Puget Sound from Harborview Park image


Washington is located at 47°30'0"N 120°30'5"W (47.5001200, -120.5014700). It has 3 neighbors: Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia.

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The largest city of Washington is Seattle with a population of 769,714. Other cities include, Spokane population 222,050, Tacoma population 219,945, Vancouver population 186,192 and Bellevue population 148,073. See all Washington cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Washington (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Washington.

City Name Title County Population
Seattle The eighteenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Seattle metropolitan area. King 769,714
Spokane The second most populous city in Washington. Spokane 222,050
Tacoma The third most populous city in Washington. Pierce 219,945
Vancouver The third most populous city in Washington. Clark 186,192
Bellevue The most populous city in Washington. King 148,073
Kent The fourth most populous city in King County, Washington. King 130,676
Everett The most populous city in Snohomish County, Washington. Snohomish 112,482
Spokane Valley The most populous city in Spokane County, Washington. Spokane 102,893
Renton The second most populous city in King County, Washington. King 101,494
Federal Way A city in King County, Washington. King 96,307
Kirkland A city in King County, Washington. King 95,431
Yakima The second most populous city in Yakima County, Washington. Yakima 94,322
Bellingham The most populous city in Whatcom County, Washington. Whatcom 93,955
Kennewick The second most populous city in Benton County, Washington. Benton 84,515
Auburn The second most populous city in Pierce County, Washington. King 81,024
Pasco The third most populous city in Franklin County, Washington. Franklin 77,095

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Washington forecast: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 100%. more

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Washington has 3 neighbours.

  • Adams County
  • Grays Harbor County
  • Spokane County
  • Cowlitz County
  • Whatcom County
  • Benton County
  • Kittitas County
  • Klickitat County
  • Skagit County
  • Okanogan County
  • Snohomish County
  • Columbia County
  • Franklin County
  • King County
  • Stevens County
  • Yakima County
  • Wahkiakum County
  • Walla Walla County
  • Asotin County
  • Jefferson County
  • Pacific County
  • Thurston County
  • Kitsap County
  • Lincoln County
  • San Juan County
  • Chelan County
  • Douglas County
  • Clark County
  • Garfield County
  • Lewis County
  • Grant County
  • Pierce County
  • Pend Oreille County
  • Whitman County
  • Clallam County
  • Island County
  • Mason County
  • Skamania County
  • Ferry County


Year Population % Change Method
1800 8,144 - estimation process
1810 15,471 47.36% estimation process
1820 23,336 33.7% estimation process
1830 30,261 22.88% census
1840 33,745 10.32% census
1850 51,687 34.71% estimation process
1860 75,080 31.16% estimation process
1870 131,700 42.99% estimation process
1880 177,624 25.85% census
1890 230,392 22.9% census
1900 278,718 17.34% census
1908 321,000 13.17% census
1910 331,069 3.04% census
1918 418,000 20.8% census
1920 437,571 4.47% census
1930 486,869 10.13% census
1940 663,091 26.58% 1940 United States Census
1950 802,178 17.34% census
1960 763,956 -5% census
1970 756,510 -0.98% census
1980 638,333 -18.51% census
1990 606,900 -5.18% census
2000 572,059 -6.09% census
2010 6,724,540 91.49% census
2011 6,826,627 1.5% estimation process
2012 6,897,058 1.02% estimation process
2013 6,963,985 0.96% estimation process
2014 7,054,655 1.29% estimation process
2015 7,163,657 1.52% estimation process
2016 7,294,771 1.8% estimation process
2017 7,423,362 1.73% estimation process
2018 7,523,869 1.34% estimation process
2019 7,614,893 1.2% estimation process
2020 7,693,612 1.02% estimation process

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People born in Washington (109)

People born in Washington, including writer Adora Svitak, artist David Ireland, actress Alexys Nycole Sánchez, .


  • Scott Forstall (American software engineer) he was born in 01/01/1968
  • Chief Seattle (Duwamish chief) he was born in 01/01/1786
  • Red Badgro (Player of American football) he was born in 01/12/1902
  • Pat Murphy (American author of science fiction and fantasy novels) she was born in 09/03/1955
  • Bill Crow (American bassist) he was born in 27/12/1927
  • Sol Lesser (film producer) he was born in 17/02/1890
  • Julia Quinn (American novelist) she was born in 12/01/1970
  • Lisa Jackson (American romance novelist) she was born in 01/01/1951
  • David Ray Griffin (American philosopher) he was born in 08/08/1939
  • Laurel Rose Willson (Disgraced American writer) she was born in 18/08/1941
  • Carole Nelson Douglas (American writer) she was born in 11/05/1944
  • Bob Crosby (American dixieland bandleader and vocalist (1913-1993)) he was born in 25/08/1913
  • Eleanor Columbus (actress from the United States) she was born in 12/10/1989
  • G. C. Edmondson (American writer) he was born in 11/10/1922
  • Cait London (American writer) she was born in 01/01/2000
  • Don Lanphere (American musician) he was born in 26/06/1928
  • Joe S. Bain (American economist) he was born in 12/07/1912
  • Donald Trunkey (US physician) he was born in 01/01/1937

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Washington Counties (more)

King County
King County

King County, county in the state of Washington, United States

Pierce County
Pierce County

Pierce County, county in the state of Washington, United States

Snohomish County
Snohomish County

Snohomish County, county in the state of Washington, United States

County Name Population
King County 2,274,315
Pierce County 913,890
Snohomish County 830,393
Spokane County 528,225
Clark County 496,865
Thurston County 294,074
Kitsap County 272,787
Yakima County 251,879
Whatcom County 231,016
Benton County 206,426
Skagit County 130,789
Cowlitz County 111,371
Grant County 99,377
Franklin County 97,075
Island County 86,014
Lewis County 82,109

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