Fascinating facts about Washington State.

statemap2Located in the Northwest corner of the United States, Washington State is the 42nd state, admitted to the union in 1889. It is bordered by the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north, Idaho to the east, Oregon to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

The state is divided by the Cascade Mountains. The area to the east is referred to as Eastern Washington and conversely, the west is known as Western Washington, where approximately 60% of the state’s residents live. The Cascades and the Olympic Mountains, which border the Pacific Ocean, create tremendous geological diversity in the state. Along the coast you’ll find temperate rain forest and quaint beach communities. The Puget Sound region is characterized by deep natural harbors and bays and major population centers. Eastern Washington is semi-arid, a perfect growing region for the 300 crops that grow in the state.

The state is the 18th largest in the U.S. with 71,300 square miles of land. The state is 240 miles long and 360 miles wide and has a population of 7.06 million.

Washington is in the Pacific time zone of the United States (UTC -8/-7).

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