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Washington By the Numbers

If you like numbers, Washington State has plenty of them. From our national rankings to the number of state and national parks, we’ve put together what we call Washington By The Numbers.


National Rankings

  • #1 - for Technology and Innovation (CNBC's 2016 Top States for Business)
  • #1 - Percent of Workforce who are STEM Professionals (Bloomberg 2016)
  • #1 - States with the lowest average retail cost per kilowatt-hour for industrial electricity (U.S. Department of Energy)
  • #1 - Best Broadband Connectivity (Technet)
  • #2 - Best State Economy (WalletHub 2016)
  • #3 - Most Innovative State in the U.S. (Bloomberg 2016)
  • #3 - Access to Capital (CNBC's Best States for Business)
  • #3 - Patent Activity (Bloomberg 2016)
  • #5 - Best States (U.S. News & World Report 2017)

Top Exports

  • $28.1 Billion - Transportation Products
  • $11.4 Billion - Agricultural Products
  • $3.7 Billion - Petroleum and Coal Products
  • $3.7 Billion - Computer and Electronic Products
  • $2.9 Billion - Food and Kindred Products
  • $1.8 Billion - Machinery (except electrical)

Quality of Life

  • 13 - National parks, attracting 7.3 million visitors annually
  • 185 - State parks, wildlife preserves and wilderness areas
  • 3,200 - Miles of coastline
  • 50,000 - Miles of rivers and streams
  • 7,800 - Lakes
  • 900+ - Wineries
  • 347 - Breweries and brew pubs
  • 1,640 - Coffee shops

Education

  • 90.2 - Percent of residents who have graduated high school
  • 32.3 - Percent who have an advanced degree
  • 65 - Number of two- and four-year public and private institutions
  • 30,000 - Number of bachelor degrees conferred annually
  • 12,000 - Number of advanced degrees conferred annually
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