Washington - The Evergreen State

  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Pasayten Wilderness
  • North Cascades National Park
  • The Seattle skyline
  • Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
The famous floating bridges of Interstate 90

The only American state named after a president, Washington is a land of contrasts. There's a lot of mountain in the state, some of it high and dry, some of it high and very wet (much of the Olympic Peninsula is a veritable rainforest). East of the Cascade Mountains there are also some large, wide-open, high-latitude deserts and the incredible scenery of the Columbia River Gorge. Mount Baker set the world record for snowfall in a single season in 1999: 1,140 inches. Then there's the Hanford Reservation (a couple hundred miles south of Mount Baker) which averages between 6 and 7 inches of precipitation per year.

Nearly 60% of the human population of Washington lives in the Seattle Metropolitan Area.

Mount Rainier
Mt. Rainier reflected in Reflection Lake
Fast Facts about Washington
Capital: Olympia
Largest City: Seattle
Admitted to the Union: November 11, 1889 : 42nd
Area: 71,342 square miles : 18th
Highest Point: Mount Rainier : 14,411'
Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean : 0'
Washington Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 6,724,540
Males 3,349,707
Females 3,374,833
Population by Age
Under 18 1,581,354
18 & over 5,143,186
20-24 461,512
25-34 933,781
35-49 1,401,214
50-64 1,330,461
65 & over 827,677
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 755,790
Non Hispanic or Latino 5,968,750
Population by Race
White 5,196,362
African-American 240,042
Asian 481,067
Native American 103,869
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 40,475
Other 349,799
Two or more 312,926
Washington state map