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, oddly enough, Washington By The Numbers.

National Rankings

  • #1 – CNBC’s Top States for Business (2017)
  • #1 – Best State Economy (WalletHub, 2017)
  • #1 – Best Economy (Business Insider, 2016)
  • #1 – Best State to Make a Living (MoneyRates.com, 2017)
  • #1 – for Technology and Innovation (CNBC, 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 – Infrastructure (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • #3 – State New Economy Index  (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, 2017)
  • #3 – Most Innovative State in the U.S. (Bloomberg, 2016)
  • #3 – Access to Capital (CNBC, Best States for Business)
  • #3 – Patent Activity (Bloomberg, 2016)
  • #5 – Best States (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

Quality of Life

  • 50,000 – Miles of rivers and streams
  • 12,000 – Miles of hiking trails
  • 8,000 – Lakes
  • 3,200 – Miles of coastline
  • 1,640 – Coffee shops
  • 900+ – Wineries
  • 337 – Breweries
  • 334 – Golf courses
  • 185 – State parks, wildlife preserves and wilderness areas
  • 13 – National parks, attracting 7.3 million visitors annually
  • 4 – Floating bridges (including the world’s longest)

Top Exports

  • $47.8 Billion – Transportation Products
  • $10.2 Billion – Agricultural Products
  • $3.8 Billion – Computer and Electronic Products
  • $3.1 Billion – Processed Foods
  • $2.0 Billion – Petroleum and Coal Products

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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