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State Facts

Full Name

State of Washington

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

November 11, 1889 (42nd)

Population 2000 (Rank)

5,894,121 (15th)

Land Area (Rank)

66,544 square miles; 172,348 square kilometers (20th)

Capital

Olympia

Postal Abbreviation

WA

State Nickname

Evergreen State

Motto

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

Song

“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

Economy

  • 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