Washington State Facts and History

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Washington Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Jay Inslee (Democrat)
  • Capital: Olympia
  • Population: 7,614,893 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 66,455.52 sq km
  • Water Area: 4,842.43 sq km
  • Total Area: 71,297.95 SQ KM
  • Width: 360 mi (580 km)
  • Length: 240 mi (400 km)
  • State Motto: “Alki (By and By)”
  • Nickname: Evergreen State
  • Electoral votes: 12
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 10 (of 435)
  • State Song: “Washington, My Home”
  • Date of Statehood: Nov. 11, 1889
  • Time Zone: Pacific (GMT − 8 hours)
  • Official Website of Washington: wa.gov
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: WA
  • Origin of name: The Washington place name itself is derived from the Old English personal name wassa, which means “hunting,” combined with the locative suffix -thn, meaning “settlement, homestead.”

State Symbol of Washington

State AmphibianPacific chorus frog
State BirdWillow goldfinch
State DanceSquare dance
State Endemic MammalOlympic marmot
State FishSteelhead trout
State FlowerCoast rhododendron
State Folk Song“Roll On, Columbia, Roll On”
State FossilColumbian mammoth
State FruitApple
State GemPetrified wood
State GrassBluebunch wheatgrass
State InsectGreen darner dragonfly
State Marine MammalOrca
State MottoAl-ki (By and by)
State NicknameEvergreen State
State OysterOstrea lurida
State ShipLady Washington
State Song“Washington, My Home”
State TreeWestern hemlock
State VegetableWalla Walla sweet onion
State WaterfallPalouse Falls

Sports Teams

  • MLB: Seattle Mariners
  • NFL: Seattle Seahawks
  • MLS: Seattle Sounders FC

College & Universities

Antioch University-SeattleHeritage University
Ashmead College-Everett CampusHighline Community College
Bastyr UniversityInterface College-Spokane
Bates Technical CollegeInterface Computer School
Bellevue CollegeInternational Academy of Design and Technology-Seattle
Bellingham Beauty SchoolInternational Air and Hospitality Academy
Bellingham Technical CollegeITT Technical Institute-Everett
Big Bend Community CollegeITT Technical Institute-Seattle
BJ’s Beauty & Barber CollegeITT Technical Institute-Spokane Valley
Cambridge College-SeattleLake Washington Technical College
Cascadia Community CollegeLower Columbia College
Central Washington UniversityLucas Marc Academy
Centralia CollegeMars Hill Graduate School
Chetta’s Academy of Hair and NailsNorthwest College of Art
City University of SeattleNorthwest Hair Academy
Clark CollegeNorthwest HVAC/R Training Center
Clover Park Technical CollegeNorthwest Indian College
Columbia Basin CollegeNorthwest University
Corban University School of MinistryOlympic College
Cornish College of the ArtsPacific Lutheran University
Cortiva Institute – Brian Utting School of Massage – SeattleParoba College of Cosmetology
Cortiva Institute-SeattlePeninsula College
CRI Career TrainingPerry Technical Institute
Crown CollegePhagans Orchards Beauty School
DeVry University-WashingtonPierce College at Fort Steilacoom
DigiPen Institute of TechnologyPierce College at Puyallup
Divers Institute of TechnologyPima Medical Institute-Seattle
Eastern Washington UniversityProfessional Beauty School
Edmonds Community CollegePuget Sound Christian College
Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training CenterRenton Technical College
Everest College-BremertonSaint Martin’s University
Everest College-EverettSeattle Community College-Central Campus
Everest College-FifeSeattle Community College-North Campus
Everest College-RentonSeattle Community College-South Campus
Everest College-SeattleSeattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
Everest College-TacomaSeattle Midwifery School
Everest College-VancouverSeattle Pacific University
Everest College-Vancouver Massage TherapySeattle University
Everett Community CollegeSeattle Vocational Institute
Evergreen Beauty & Barber College-BellevueShoreline Community College
Evergreen Beauty & Barber College-EverettSkagit Valley College
Faith Evangelical College & SeminarySouth Puget Sound Community College
Gene Juarez Academy of BeautySpokane Community College
Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Branch CampusSpokane Falls Community College
Glen Dow Academy of Hair DesignStylemaster College of Hair Design
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary-northwestTacoma Community College
Gonzaga UniversityThe Art Institute of Seattle
Grays Harbor CollegeThe Evergreen State College
Green River Community CollegeToni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Shoreline
Henry Cogswell CollegeTrinity Lutheran College
University of Phoenix-Eastern Washington CampusUniversity of Washington-Tacoma Campus
University of Phoenix-Western Washington CampusWalla Walla Community College
University of Puget SoundWalla Walla University
University of Washington-Bothell CampusWashington State University
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWenatchee Valley College
Western Washington UniversityWhitman College
Whatcom Community CollegeWhitworth University
Yakima Valley Community College

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Space Needle
  2. Mount Rainier National Park
  3. Olympic National Park
  4. Pike Place Market
  5. Mount St. Helens
  6. Snoqualmie Falls
  7. Woodland Park Zoo
  8. San Juan Islands
  9. Seattle Aquarium
  10. Chihuly Garden and Glass
  11. Pacific Science Center
  12. Seattle Art Museum
  13. Museum of Flight
  14. Lake Chelan
  15. Northwest Trek
  16. North Cascades National Park
  17. Mount Baker
  18. Gum Wall

Famous Natives and Residents

Sherman Alexieauthor;
Earl Anthonyprofessional bowler;
Mildred Baileysinger;
Bob BarkerTV host;
Dyan Cannonactress;
Raymond Carverwriter;
Carol Channingactress;
Ray Charlessinger and musician;
Kurt Cobainrock musician;
Judy Collinssinger;
Chris Cornellrock musician;
Fred Couplesprofessional golfer;
Bing Crosbysinger and actor;
Bob Crosbymusician;
Merce Cunninghamchoreographer;
Howard Duffactor;
John Elwayfootball player;
Frances Farmeractress;
Kenny G.saxophonist;
Bill Gatessoftware executive;
Jimi Hendrixguitarist;
Frank Herbertwriter;
Robert Joffreychoreographer;
Chuck Jonesanimator;
Quincy Jonesmusic producer;
Hank Ketchamcartoonist;
Amanda KnoxItalian murder suspect known as “Foxy Knoxy”;
Gary Larsoncartoonist;
Gypsy Rose Leeentertainer;
Tim Lincecumprofessional baseball pitcher;
Kenny Logginsrock musician;
Mary McCarthynovelist;
Guthrie McClintictheatrical producer and director;
John McIntireactor;
Steve Millerrock musician;
Robert Motherwellartist;
Patrice Munselsoprano;
Craig T. Nelsonactor;
Ella Rainesactress;
Ahmad Rashadfootball player;
Ann Reinkingdancer and actress;
Tom Robbinsnovelist;
Ann Rulewriter;
Francis Scobeeastronaut;
Hope Solosoccer goalkeeper;
SeattleSuquamish chief;
SmohallaIndian prophet and chief;
Hilary Swankactress;
Julia Sweeneyactress;
Adam Westactor;
Audrey Wurdemannpoet.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Erika Christensen
  2. Bing Crosby
  3. Rainn Wilson

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