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.
Quick Facts about Washington
|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|
|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|
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.
|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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- 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
|1940||663,091||26.58%||1940 United States Census|
People born in Washington (109)
- 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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