Washington, nicknamed the Evergreen State, is located on the Pacific coast of the northwestern United States. Named in honor of President George Washington, Washington is the only U.S. state to be named after a president. Much of Washington is mountainous with Mount Ranier serving as the highest peak in the continental United States. Washington is a leading lumber producer along with being the nation’s leading producer of apples, pears, and sweet cherries. Popular attractions include the Olympic and North Cascades National Parks, Mount St. Helens, and the Seattle Space Needle.
Washington Real Estate:
Washington offers a wide variety of real estate, including Puget Sound waterfront communities, retirement communities, active-adult communities, golf communities, gated communities, and master-planned communities. No state income tax, a mild climate, beautiful scenery, and varied outdoor entertainment make Washington a popular place for retirement, with Seattle frequently ranking on “best places to retire” lists.
The Cascade Mountains divide Washington into two distinct climate zones. West of the Cascades, summers and winters are mild while the eastern portion of the state has warm summers and cool winters. See Washington temperature charts.
Regions in Washington: Olympic Mountains, Willapa Hills, Puget Lowlands, Northern Cascades, Southern Cascades, Rocky Mountains, Columbia Basin, Blue Mountains
Washington Airports: Bellingham International Airport (BLI), Friday Harbor Airport (FHR), Tri-Cities Airport (PSC), William R. Fairchild International Airport (CLM), Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport (PUW), King County International Airport (BFI), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Spokane International Airport (GEG), Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW), Pangborn Memorial Airport (EAT), Yakima Air Terminal (YKM)
Washington Facts: Capital City – Olympia; Population is ranked 13th in the United States; Largest metro area – Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue; Washington State Abbreviations –WA, Wash.
Washington Trivia: Nickname – The Evergreen State; Home of the coffee chain Starbucks; Residents are called “Washingtonians.”
Washington State Government Resource Link: access.wa.gov
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