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Alternate meanings: George Washington, Washington, D.C., other uses
Washington
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State nickname: Evergreen State

(In Detail)
Capital Olympia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water
 - % water
Ranked 18th
184,824 kmē
172,587 kmē
12,237 kmē
6.6%
Population
 - Total (2000)
 - Density
Ranked 15th
5,894,121
32/kmē
Admittance into Union
 - Order
 - Date

42nd
November 11, 1889
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Latitude
Longitude
45°32'N to 49°N
116°57'W to 124°48'W
Width
Length
Elevation
  -Highest
  -Mean
  -Lowest
385 km
580 km
 
4,392 meters
520 meters
0 meters
ISO 3166-2:US-WA

Washington is a state located in the northwestern United States. It should not be confused with Washington, D.C., the capital of the USA. While the state capital is Olympia, the largest city in Washington is Seattle.

USS Washington was named in honor of this state.

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History

In 1853, the Washington Territory was formed from part of the Oregon Territory. Washington became the 42nd state on November 11, 1889.

Geography See: List of Washington counties

Washington shares borders with the Pacific Ocean to the west, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and British Columbia, Canada to the north. Washington is famous for scenery of breathtaking beauty and sharp contrasts. High mountains rise above evergreen forests and sparkling coastal waters. Its coastal location and Puget Sound harbors give it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim.

The deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world but the flat semi-desert land that lies east of the Cascade Mountains stretches for long distances without a single tree. Snow-covered peaks tower above the foothills and lowlands around them. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain, in the state, appears to "float" on the horizon, southeast of Seattle and Tacoma.

Important Cities and Towns

See also Washington City Government

Education

Colleges and Universities

Professional Sports Teams

Miscellaneous Information

===Arts and culture==

Major Highways

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