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WASHINGTON State Facts and Figures

Interesting information you may or may not know!

State Facts

Full Name - State of Washington

Admitted to the Union (Rank) - November 11, 1889 (42nd)

Population 2012 (Rank) - 6,897,012 (13th)

Land Area (Rank) - 66,544 square miles; 172,348 sq km (20th)

Capital - Olympia

State Nicknames - Evergreen State

Motto - Al-Ki (American Indian word meaning “by and by”)


“Washington, My Home” (music by Helen Davis, arranged by Stuart Churchill)

State Symbols

Flower: Western rhododendron

Tree: Western hemlock

Bird: American goldfinch

Gem: Petrified wood

Fruit: Apple

Insect: Blue darner dragonfly

Fossil: Columbian mammoth


Agriculture: Seafood, dairy products, apples, cattle, wheat, potatoes, nursery stock

Industry: Aerospace, software development, food processing, paper products, lumber and wood products, chemical products, tourism