This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Washington. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 71,300 sq miles; Land Only: 66,544 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Pacific Time Zone|
|Highest Point||Mount Rainier, 14,417 feet|
|National Parks||Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
|State Population (2015)||7,170,351|
|State Population Density||107.8 people / square mile|
||206, 253, 360, 425, 509, 564|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Amphibian||Pacific chorus frog|
|State Dance||Square dance|
|State Endemic Mammal||Olympic marmot|
|State Fish||Steelhead trout|
|State Folk Song||"Roll On, Columbia, Roll On"|
|State Fossil||Columbian mammoth|
|State Gem||Petrified wood|
|State Grass||Bluebunch wheatgrass|
|State Insect||Green darner dragonfly|
|State Marine Mammal||Orca|
||Al-ki (By and by)|
|State Oyster||Ostrea lurida|
|State Ship||Lady Washington|
|State Song||"Washington, My Home"|
|State Vegetable||Walla Walla sweet onion|
|State Waterfall||Palouse Falls|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Space Needle: Tower in Seattle, Washington.
- Mount Rainier National Park: National park near Seattle, Washington.
- Olympic National Park: National park in Port Angeles, Washington.
- Pike Place Market: Marketplace in Seattle, Washington.
- Mount St. Helens: Active volcano located in Skamania County, Washington.
- Snoqualmie Falls: Waterfall on the Snoqualmie River in Snoqualmie, Washington.
- Woodland Park Zoo: Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
- San Juan Islands: Archipelago in northwestern Washington.
- Seattle Aquarium: Aquarium in Seattle, Washington.
- Chihuly Garden and Glass: Art museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Pacific Science Center: Science museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Seattle Art Museum: Art museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Museum of Flight: Air and space museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Lake Chelan: Lake in Chelan County, Washington.
- Northwest Trek: Wildlife park in Eatonville, Washington.
- North Cascades National Park: National park in northern Washington.
- Mount Baker: Active volcano in northwestern Washington.
- Gum Wall: Brick wall covered in used chewing gum, in Seattle, Washington.
Famous People Born In Washington
Nobel Prize Winners
- George J. Stigler (Economic Sciences, 1982)
- George H. Hitchings (Physiology or Medicine, 1988)
- Robert E. Lucas Jr. (Economic Sciences, 1995)
- Douglas D. Osheroff (Physics, 1996)
- Linda B. Buck (Physiology or Medicine, 2004)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Albert Glen "Turk" Edwards (Tackle. Inducted in 1969)
- Ray Flaherty (Offensive End, Coach. Inducted in 1976)
- Red Badgro (End. Inducted in 1981)
- John Elway (Quarterback. Inducted in 2004)
- Len Ford (Defensive End. Inducted in 1976)
- Willie Wood (Safety. Inducted in 1989)
- Jonathan Ogden (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 2013)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Earl Averill (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1975)
- Ryne Sandberg (Second Baseman. Inducted in 2005)
- Ron Santo (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2012)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players
- John Stockton (Guard. Inducted in 2009)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Erika Christensen
- Bing Crosby
- Rainn Wilson
- Kurt Cobain
- Chris Cornell
- Kenny G
- Jimi Hendrix
- Kenny Loggins
- Layne Staley
- Jennifer Warnes
Washington Fun Facts
- The state of Washington was named after the first president of the United States, George Washington. It is the only state to be named after a president.
- Washington state is the largest producer of apples in the United States.
- Boeing’s Everett factory is the world’s largest building by volume, covering 4.3 million square feet and encompassing 472 million cubic feet of space.
- Harbor Island, located in the mouth of Seattle’s Duwamish Waterway, is the largest man-made island in the United States.
- The world’s largest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1971.
- 57 people perished in the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, the deadliest volcano eruption in the recorded history of the United States.
- Washington state flag is the only U.S. state flag with a field of green as well as the only state flag with the image of an American president.
- Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant in the 48 contiguous United States, the SkyCity Restaurant on top of the Space Needle.
- Washington has more glaciers than any of the other 47 contiguous states.
- Washington is the only state with an official State Oyster: Ostrea lurida.
- In 2012, Washington (along with Colorado) became the first to legalize marijuana (weed) for recreational use.
- In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban texting while driving.
This page was last updated on October 20, 2016.