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Building Business Legends

Since rugged pioneers first set eyes on our virgin forests, vast network of waterways and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, Washington State has built a reputation as a place where legendary businesses take root and flourish. From world famous brands to game-changing products and services, Washington businesses have carved their rightful place in history due to their creativity, tenacity, vision and competitive spirit.

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Washington State offers businesses a highly skilled workforce, an inspirational culture of creativity, low-cost energy, robust supply chain, superior quality of life and a centralized export hub. Nearly a quarter million businesses call Washington home, creating a diverse economy where any startup can become the next Starbucks, Amazon or Expedia.

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While Washington businesses represent nearly every industry and category imaginable, the state focuses on eight key sectors, including aerospace, agriculture, clean energy, forest productsICT, life science/global health, maritime and military and defense.

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One of Washington’s greatest assets is its diversity. The state’s 39 counties are all very different in terms of geography, industries, workforce, lifestyle and even climate. Choosing a place to do business in Washington is as much about choosing the pace and quality of life you desire as it is about location and amenities.

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Do you have questions about Washington's weather, climate, ease of travel or culture? How about how our economy came to be? Perhaps you even wonder what Chris Pratt and Bing Crosby have in common. You can get all the answers right here in our handy Washington Overview. And don't worry, there's no quiz at the end.

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Sure, we can brag all we want about being a great place to do business, but we've also got the numbers to prove it. Here you'll find lots of facts and figures, rankings, state demographics and maps to help you understand why Washington is a great place to be.