Fast Facts: Washington is the only state named after a former U.S. President, the illustrious George Washington. 70% of its population is located in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Washington Careers: The 2008 U.S. Census data estimated Washington’s population at over 6.5 million, a striking 11% increase from the Year 2000. Washington ranked an impressive 3rd in Forbes recent “Best State for Business” rankings.
Washington Career Education: Washington ranked 11th in a 2009 K-12 “Academic Achievement” study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Washington Economy: The state is known for its apples, which net a higher revenue than in any other state.
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Location, Location, Location…: Washington is located in the pacific northwest Region of the United States.
Cities: Nearly 70% of Washington’s residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, a national center of transportation, business, and industry and home to an recognized arts community.
Behind the Name: Washington is nicknamed “the Evergreen State,” referring to the contribution of its forests to both the economy and to the region’s ecosystems.
A Closer Look: Washington was carved out of the western part of the Washington Territory in 1889, after being ceded by Britain in the 1846 Oregon Treaty.
Did You Know?: The state was named after George Washington, the country’s first President, and is the only U.S. state named after a president.
Population: 6,549,224 (11.1% increase since 2000) – 50.2% Female, 49.8% Male (2008 U.S. Census Bureau).
Business Environment: Ranked 3rd in Forbes Magazine’s “Best States for Business,” 2008.
Top Industries: In terms of paid employees, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study: (1) health care and social assistance; (2) retail trade; (3) manufacturing; (4) accommodation and food services; and (5) construction.
Taxes: No Income Tax and Sales Tax, 6.5% (Federation of Tax Administrators).
Cost of Living: 103.4 in relation to the “National Average” of 100 (Federal Cost of Living Index).
Quality of Life: Ranked 11th of 50 states by CNBC, 2009.
Weather: Average Temperature (In °F) – Jan: 31.47; Apr: 47.40; July: 65.73; Oct: 40.50 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
K-12: Ranked 8th of 50 states in “Academic Achievement” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2009.
In General: Washington has a workforce that numbers over three million people. Manufacturing, international trade and agriculture produce much of the revenue for the state.
Service Industry: The community, business and personal services group is the leading service industry group in Washington, with income sources in private health care, computer programming and engineering companies and law firms.
Agriculture: Although Washington ranks only fourteenth in the nation in total agricultural receipts, it provides a broad range of agricultural products not customarily provided by other states including hay, hops, mint and bluegrass.
Manufacturing: Transportation equipment is Washington’s most valuable manufactured product, as the state is a leading producer in the aircraft and space industry.
Mining: The most important mined products of the state are coal, cement, crushed stone, gold, and sand and gravel.
Fishing: Washington is famous for its fish, exporting a wide variety ranging from salmon and halibut to crab and oysters.
A Closer Look: Several major retailers are based in Washington, including Nordstrom, Starbucks, REI and Amazon.com.
Did You Know?: An apple a day is good for the health of this state: Washington generates more apple revenues than any other state, producing well over half of the nation’s apples.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service; Netstate.com; Education-Portal.com; USCollegeSearch.org; and Wikipedia.com.
|5,893,617||Population (as of 2000)||2.1||Average Persons Per Household (as of 2000)|
|6,341,018||Population (current)||$134,020||Average House Value (as of 2000)|
|48,324.5||Square Miles of Land||$38,213||Average House Income (as of 2000)|
|240.7||Square Miles of Water|
|166,467||Number of Businesses (as of 2003)||$21,436,374,000||Total First Quarter Payroll (as of 2003)|
|2,226,614||Number of Employees (as of 2003)||$88,334,268,000||Total Annual Payroll (as of 2003)|