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
 
Photo of Mount Rainier courtesy of Wikipedia userid Kelvin Kay, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License
Photo of the floating bridges courtesy of Wikipedia userd Tradnor, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License
Photo of the Seattle Skyline courtesy of Wikipedia userid Jamies
Map courtesy of Cartesia MapArt US Terrain