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 – Best State Economy (WalletHub, 2022 & 2023)
  • #1 – Best State to Make a Living (MoneyRates.com, 2022)
  • #1 – States with the lowest average retail cost per kilowatt-hour for industrial electricity (U.S. Department of Energy)
  • #1 – Best Broadband Connectivity (Statista, 2020)
  • #2 – Best States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • #2 – Renewable Energy Usage (U.S. News, 2024)
  • #2 – Innovation Potential (WalletHub, 2022)
  • #2 – America’s Top States for Business (CNBC, 2022)
  • #3 – Infrastructure (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • #3 – Most Innovative U.S. State (WalletHub, 2023 & 2024)

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
  • 1,050 – Wineries
  • 375 – Breweries
  • 113 – Craft distilleries
  • 287 – Golf courses
  • 382 – Pickleball Courts 
  • 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

  • $41.8 Billion – Transportation Products
  • $3.71 Billion – Corn
  • $2.38 Billion – Soybeans
  • $2.05 Billion – Wheat
  • $1.2 Billion – Misc. Petroleum Oils
  • $871 Million – Ultrasonic Scanning Equipment
  • $798 Million – Frozen Potatoes
  • $760 Million – Fresh Apples

Education

  • 91.7 – Percent of residents who have graduated high school
  • 36.7- 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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