is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located south of British Columbia, Canada, north of Oregon and west of Idaho. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the forty-second state in
The 2010 United States Census recorded the state's population at 6,724,540. Almost 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry along the Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea. The remainder of the state consists of deep rain forests in the west, mountain ranges in the center, northeast and far southeast, and eastern semi-deserts given over to intensive agriculture.
Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, and is the only U.S. state named after a president. Washington is commonly called Washington state or occasionally the State of Washington to distinguish it from the U.S. capital (and because its proper name is the State of Washington). However, Washingtonians (residents of Washington) and many residents of neighboring states normally refer to the state simply as "Washington", while usually referring to the nation's capital as "Washington, D.C." or simply "D.C."
Washington State offers a
cornucopia of destinations as varied as its topography to fit the taste
of almost any traveler. The urban-oriented traveler will find a host of
attractions and activities including concerts, festivals, dance and
theatre. The outdoor-oriented visitor will enjoy a wide variety of
activities including bicycling, hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing,
boating, sailing, kayaking, rafting, skiing, cross-country skiing, and
downhill skiing. More pastoral pursuits will be found among wheat
fields, tulip fields, apple orchards and vineyards.
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