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The 42nd state in the USA, admitted on November 11, 1889.

A state of rugged beauty and geographical diversity, Washington encompasses miles of western coastline, the Cascade Mountains, and vast stretches of old growth forests. The arid and semi-arid regions to the east were converted to fertile farmland through the irrigation provided by the Columbia River, which is also known worldwide as a supplier of hydroelectric power. The states natural resources support the lumber industry, the seafood industry, and make Washington the nations leading supplier of apples. The majority of the state's population live in Seattle, home of industrial giants such as Amazon.com, Boeing aerospace, Microsoft, and the world's largest coffee chain, Starbucks. Washington has more glaciers than all the other states combined, with the exception of Alaska.

Some facts about Washington:

State Abbreviation: WA
Population: 6,724,540
Area: 71,300 square miles
State Nickname: The Evergreen State
State Motto: Al-ki
State Capital: Olympia
Largest City: Seattle
Official Web Site: http://access.wa.gov/


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