Population: 7,535,591 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Kent
Borders: Oregon, Idaho, Canada, Pacific Ocean
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $375,730 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including apples, berries, cattle, fishing, poultry, and wheat
Timber and wood products, paper products, computer software, aircraft, and tourism
How Washington got its name: The state is named after the first president of the United States, George Washington.
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Washington State Symbols
State Nickname: Evergreen State
State Slogan: SayWA!; (formerly) Experience Washington; The Evergreen State; also on its license plate as Evergreen State
State Motto: Al-Ki (Indian word meaning bye-and-bye)
State flower: Rhododendron
State bird: Willow Goldfinch aka American Goldfinch
State fish: Steelhead Trout
State tree: Western Hemlock
State mammal: Orca (Killer Whale)
State foods: Blueberry Muffin
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Monday, November 11, 1889
Number admitted: 42
Prior Name: Washington Territory
Postal Abbreviation: WA
The Geography of Washington
Total Size: 66,544 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Pacific Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Mt. Rainier at 14,411 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Pierce (source:
Central Point: Located in Chelan County approx. 10 miles west-southwest of Wenatchee (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Bodies of Water: Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Columbia River, Snake River, Skagit River, Lake Chelan, Lake Washington
- Bob Barker - Game show host
- Kurt Cobain - Singer and songwriter
- Bing Crosby - Singer and actor
- Bill Gates - Co-founder of Microsoft
- John Elway - Professional football player
- Richard Gordon - Astronaut
- Alex Haley - Author
- Jimi Hendrix - Rock star and guitarist
- Steve Largent - Professional football player
- Gary Larson - Cartoonist famous for "The Far side"
- Tim Lincecum - Professional baseball player
- Carl Sagan - Astronomer
- Hope Solo - Soccer player
- In Everett, Washington is the final assembly plant for Boeing airplanes. It is the biggest building in the world.
- Seattle, Washington is home to the world famous Space Needle. It has a rotating restaurant at the top.
- It is the only state to be named for a US president. The residents had recommended Columbia, but Congress decided to name the land after George Washington.
- Washington is the leading apple producer of the states.
- It gets the nickname, the Evergreen State, from its large forests of evergreen trees.
- Microsoft corporation is headquartered in Redmond. Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft and the richest man in the US, also lives in this state.
- The state insect is the dragonfly.
- Aberdeen was once called the 'roughest town west of the Mississippi'.
- Mount St. Helens is an active volcano. It had a huge eruption in 1980.
Professional Sports Teams
- Seattle Storm - WNBA (basketball)
- Seattle Mariners - MLB (baseball)
- Seattle Seahawks - NFL (football)
- Seattle Sounders - MLS (soccer)
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