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About Washington State

Where is Washington?
The US state of Washington is located in the Pacific Northwest region. It shares its borders with the Canadian province of British Columbia in the north, Oregon in the south, Idaho in the east and the Pacific Ocean in the west. It is the eighteenth largest state in the union.

How did Washington get its name?
The state of Washington is named after the first president of the United States, George Washington. It is the only state in the country which is named after a president.

What is the capital of Washington ?
Incorporated on January 28, 1859, Olympia is the capital of Washington. It is located at the southern end of the Puget Sound on Budd Inlet and is the county seat of Thurston County. It is a major cultural center of the Puget Sound lowland region. It covers a total area of 18.5 square miles and has an estimated population of 46,478.

How big is Washington ?
The US state of Washington is the eighteenth largest state in the country. It covers a total area of 71,300 square miles and has an estimated population of 6,724,540. It the thirteenth most populous state in the country.

Which is the largest city of Washington ?
Seattle is the largest city of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. It covers a total area of 142.5 square miles and has an estimated population of 608,660. It is a major seaport and is named after Chief Sealth "Seattle." It is the county seat of King County and is the major economic, cultural and educational center in the region. It is ranked as one of the most car-congested cities in United States of America.

Why is Washington called "The Evergreen State" ?
"The evergreen state" is the nickname of Washington. The name was proposed by Charles T. Conover in 1890. It is called "evergreen state" because of the evergreen forests in the state.

What is the religion of Washington ?
Christianity is the predominant religion in Washington state. The religious affiliations of the people of Washington are: Protestant (49%), Unaffiliated (25%), Catholic (16%), Latter-day Saint (4%), Jewish (1%), Muslim (1%), and other religious (3%).

Who is the political leader of Washington ?
The government of Washington has three divisions: Executive, Legislature and Judicial. The state legislature comprised a lower House of Representatives and an upper State Senate. The governor is the head of the executive branch. The governor of Washington is Jay Inslee. He assumed office on January 16, 2013 and is the 23rd Governor of the State of Washington. Brad Owen is the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Washington. He assumed office on January 15, 1997.

When did Washington achieve statehood ?
Washington became the 42nd state in the United States of America on November 11, 1869. Before statehood, it was called the Territory of Washington. The original territory included the present day State of Washington as well as northern Idaho and Montana west of the continental divide.

What are some of the famous places in Washington ?
The Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Other notable places in the state are Mount St. Helens, Yakima Canyon Byway, The Wells House, Washington State Capitol, Snoqualmie Falls, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, and Grays River Covered Bridge.

What is the economy of Washington like ?
The total state product of Washington in 2010 was $351.5 billion and the per capita income in 2009 was $52,403. The unemployment rate in the state is 9%. The GDP of the state is the fourteenth-largest in the nation, while the per capita income ranks tenth-highest in the nation. It is the leading producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. Tourism, mining, online retailers, manufacture of aircrafts and computer software development are some of the significant businesses within the state. It is a leading agricultural state. Apple industry is important to the state. It is the leading producer of apples since 1920s.

Last Updated Date: July 15, 2017

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