Washington State Facts & Information

Washington State Facts & Information

This article "Washington State Facts" is about the most northwestern state in contagious USA that is Washington State, which is often confused with Washington DC: capital of USA.

Washington State Location

Washington is one of the three contagious US state with Pacific coast. Pacific Ocean is towards its west. Oregon state is towards south of it most: Columbia River forms most of their border. Idaho State is in the east of Washington. In the north it has international border with Canadian state British Columbia, remember ole name of Washington State was also Colombia. As I have told you earlier it is the most north western state of USA, the Northwestern most point lies in Olympic peninsula named Cape Flattery.

Washington State Map

Washington Map

Area of Washington State

Area of Washington State is 184,665 square kilometers. It is the 8th largest state in the USA. Its area is almost equal to Arab country Syria or you can take about 90% of Pakistan province Punja ab.

Population of Washington State

With population around 6.5 million, it is 13th most populous US state.

World Largest Building

Washington is home to Boeing, the world's largest aircraft maker is Boeing and it is located in Washington State. “Everett” Boeing factory site in Washington is the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant. It covers around 100 acres.

Washington Representation in US governing and Legislative bodies

There is no US president from Washington so far. Washington has most 55 Electoral College votes in US presidential elections. It has 10 representatives in the US House of Representatives and 2 senators in US Senate.

US Congress

Capital and Major Cities

Olympia is the capital of Washington. Seattle is the largest city of it. Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Renton, Kent and Everett are other major cities.

Washungton Major Cities

Washington State Flag

Flag of Washington has the green background with the state seal in the center. It is the only US state flag with green background. State seal contains year of statehood: 1889, text "THE SEAL OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON" and image of US founder George Washington enclosed by seal text. It is the only state flag that contains US founder image. George Washington is the only president in fact person who appears on any state flag.

Geography of Washington State

North West peninsular area comprises of Olympic Mountains. The Cascade Range passes from the center west. Rocky Mountains (Okanogan Highlands) passes from the northeast. Columbia plateau is in Southeast and extends into Idaho and Oregon states. Central Washington mainly comprises of Columbia basin plateau which is surrounded by Cascades range, Okanogan Highlands (Rocky Mountains) and the Blue Mountains. There are lot of water bodies in this mountainous state, there are more than 40,000 miles of rivers and streams whereas lakes count goes beyond 8,000. Columbia, Yakima and the Snake are the major rivers. Lake Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lake Washington are the prominent lakes.

Washington State Facts

Washington State Facts

Contagious US Rainforest

Olympic Peninsular area is among the rainiest places in the world, rainforests here are the only rainforests in the contagious US.

Washington State Name Origin & Old Name

Washington State is named after US founder and first president George Washington. Earlier it was named Columbia name after Columbia River, here remember the Canadian Province in the north of it is the British Columbia. It is the only US state named after any president.

George Washington

George Washington

The primary reason behind the named change was to avoid confusion with The District of Columbia (capital of USA). The name change took place in 1853, during Millard Fillmore reign under the bill named "Washington”. Residents of Washington State are called "Washingtonians".

What is Washington's Nickname?

 The Evergreen State

Washington State Facts

Washington History Facts

The area got inhabited just after the last ice age, more than 10,000 years ago, by the people came in North America by crossing the Bering Strait. It was one of the late explored areas in North America. In 1775, Spanish Captain Don Bruno de Heceta was the first European explorer who set foot here.  

Major Indian tribes have been living here includes Yakima, Chinook, Nez Perce, and Puget Sound Salish. Earlier the area was not claimed seriously by any regional colonial players like France, Spain, UK or Russia. After the independence American sent an expedition to explore the area in 1805. The first settlement in Washington was founded in 1846. The ownership was disputed between the British and Americans. In 1853 Oregon Territory signed between the two parties, according to that southern area like Washington and Oregon were deemed part of USA and UK took the took the control over the northern area.

Washington Statehood

Washington got statehood in 1889, the same year when Brazil became Republic!!!! It was the 42nd US state.

Washington State Motto

The unofficial state motto is Alki (or Al-ki), an Indian word meaning "bye and bye”.

Washington Weird Facts

  • Washington is the largest apple producer in the US with around 60% of overall production. Apart from apples, it is also the largest producer of red raspberries, cherries, pears, grapes and hops.
  • Washington is one of the most dam own states, there are more than 1150 dams here. Grand Coulee Dam, is the largest dam in the state. Here 124 dams in King County, most in any US county.
  • Mt. Rainier is the highest peak in the state with the height of 14,410 feet. Mt. Adams, Mt. Olympus and Mt. St. Helens are some other famous peaks.

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

  • Many technology-oriented are Washington based like Amazon.com, Classmates.com, Whitepages.com, Marchex, Microsoft Corporation etc.
  • There are seven states in the USA with no personal income tax and Washington is one of those.
  • Four out of longest floating bridges in the world are in Washington.
  • North America’s deepest gorge Hells Canyon, lies in Washington with around  5,000 feet depth.
  • Contagious USA first revolving restaurant build in Washington in 1961 lies atop the Space Needle, built just after the world first revolving restaurant in Honolulu Hawaii.


Space Needle Seattle

  • Though North America's largest glaciers are in Alaska, Washington is the state that contains the largest glacial area in the contiguous USA: around 80%.
  • With 25% of its population, Washington has the highest percentage of nonreligious population among all US states.
  • German is the major ancestry in Washington population with one-fifth of the total population,

Washington State Symbols

State Fruit


State Flower

Coast Rhododendron

State Bird

Willow Goldfinch

State Tree

Western Hemlock

State Fish

Steelhead Trout

State Fossil

Columbian Mammoth

State Vegetable

Walla Walla sweet onion

State Waterfall

Palouse Falls

State  Marine Mammal 




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