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Location of Washington State


Capital: Olympia

Population: 6,897,012 (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)

Key Industries:
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

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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)

Counties: 39

Bodies of Water: Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Columbia River, Snake River, Skagit River, Lake Chelan, Lake Washington

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