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General Facts

For Washington

Washington real estate - homes for sale
 
Medium Household Income: $ 48,196
Income (w/ Children): $ 64,320
Population: 5,689,263
Land Area: 55,581 Square Miles
Population Density: 85 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Evergreen State
Capital: Olympia
Date of Statehood: November 11, 1889
State Bird: Willow Goldfinch
State Flower: Western Rhododendron
State Tree: Western Hemlock

  

Washington is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is bordered on the north by the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the south by Oregon, on the east by Idaho, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Washington is the only state named for a U.S. President. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. Washington has beautiful glaciated mountains and dense forests in the west, and a vast expanse of golden grainland in the eastern section of the state. Olympia is the capital of Washington. The state’s largest city, Seattle, is an important port and a gateway to East Asia and the Arctic North. However, it is the Columbia River, which carves its way down through the central part of the state before turning westward toward the Pacific Ocean, that is Washington’s most important resource.

The Columbia River is the greatest source for potential and actual hydroelectric waterpower in the United States. The construction of such great dams as Grand Coulee, Chief Joseph, and The Dalles to harness the power of this mighty river has revolutionized the state’s economy and wrought startling changes in its landscape. The Columbia’s water provides electric power for industry, most of which has come into the state during and since World War II (1941-1945), and irrigation for agriculture, especially in the drier region east of the Cascade Range, where semiarid desert land has been transformed into highly productive ranchland and farms. Washington is known as the Evergreen State, for its extensive forests of evergreen trees.

Washington is the 19th largest state of the United States. It has an area of 70,637 square miles, including 1,545 square miles of inland water and 2,511 square miles of coastal waters over which the state has jurisdiction. The state has an extreme length, from east to west, of 377 miles and a maximum width, from north to south, of 239 miles. The mean elevation is about 1,700 feet.

The crest of the Cascade Range divides Washington into two distinct climatic regions. The area west of the Cascades, which is exposed throughout the year to rain-bearing winds from the Pacific Ocean, has a temperate marine type of climate that is characterized by mild wet winters and cool summers. The Cascades prevent the moist air blowing in from the Pacific from reaching eastern Washington. The Rocky Mountains on the eastern border also represent a climatic barrier. As a result, the severe winter storms that sweep the Northern Plains States do not reach Washington. Eastern Washington is much drier than western Washington, and its summers are hotter and its winters are colder.

Average January temperatures in eastern Washington range from less than 20° to 30° and often drop down to 0° . January averages in western areas range from 32° at the higher elevations to more than 40° along the Pacific Coast. July averages in the east are from 65°  to 75°. However, daytime temperatures are often above 90°. By contrast, July averages in the west are mostly in the vicinity of 60°. The western coast has mild temperatures throughout most of the year, with relatively few days below freezing.

The Olympic Mountains receive more precipitation than any other area in the mid-continental United States, often more than 140 inches yearly, much of it snow. The Cascades receive almost as much, and more than 300 inches has been known to fall on the mountain peaks in one year. Precipitation in Seattle, in the Puget Trough, averages about 36 inches per year, while the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range and much of the east receive only 15 inches. In parts of the Columbia Plateau in south-central Washington, an average of only about six inches falls annually.