Washington, the evergreen state with more than fifty percent forest
cover, is a region that attracts with diverse landscapes. Here,
visitors can roam through a temperate rain forest in one day, hike
through high volcanic mountains and explore semi-deserts and green,
agricultural valleys and river landscapes. This picture is rounded
off positively by metropolitan regions such as Seattle and Tacoma.
Washington in the far northwest of the United States
The state of Washington should not be confused with the
capital Washington DC, because it is not on the east coast, but on
the west coast, more precisely, on the Pacific coast in the far
northwest. Washington borders the Canadian province of British
Columbia in the north, Oregon and Idaho in the south and east. This
state was named after the first President of the United
States, George Washington, who is still venerated today.
Washington State: facts
- Area: 184,665 sq km
- Population: 6,724,540
- Abbreviation: WA
- Capital: Olympia
- Local time: UTC -8
- Nickname: Evergreen State
Because of the numerous conifers and large forests, Washington is
nicknamed "Evergreen State", the evergreen state. In the size
ranking of all states, this part of the country ranks 19th. With a
population of just over 6.7 million people, on the other hand, it
ranks 13th. Washington is largely rural, but the quality of life is
This area is a popular destination for tourists, because there
are numerous opportunities to spend an active vacation with hiking,
fishing, cycling, canoeing and boating, climbing and diving. On the
other hand, if you want to be God a good man and just laze around a
bit, you can spend relaxing days on the beach.
The Pacific coast is known for its special beaches and
wonderful sunrises and sunsets. The diverse flora and fauna can be
explored excellently in the three national parks.
The history and economy of the evergreen state
In 1889, this area was named after the first President of the
United States, George Washington, and was admitted to the State
Union as the 42nd state. This admission to the United States of
America took place 100 years after the founding of the same state
union. At that time Olympia was determined as the capital and the
various counties were founded as administrative units.
However, Washington did not spoil itself with dealing with the
indigenous peoples, because most Indians were forced into
reservations against their will and wars were waged against those
who did not submit to the will of the white majority. In this way,
the regional government sparked several wars. However, Washington is
not alone in this tradition of Indian wars.
In addition to the gold boom, another natural branch flourished
here, the wood industry. However, both raw materials were always
available in limited quantities and this area in Washington soon
reached its limits. People focused on other ways of making a living
and were spread across the country, including previously less
As early as the mid-19th century, with the advent of
the industrial age and the railroad, Seattle became the most
important city in this state. Seattle is right on the Pacific coast,
as is much of the rest of the state. Due to its geographical
location and proximity to the Pacific and the Pacific states,
Washington benefited from the political and economic development in
this region, in which there were numerous other armed and political
conflicts in addition to the two world wars. In this regard,
Washington gained strategic importance for the fleet and air force.
An important armaments industry and a nuclear power plant emerged
around this development. Information technology also discovered this
northwestern state on the Pacific for itself. Due to the diverse
landscape, the tourism industry developed on its own.
Important industries are aluminum and copper extraction, the wood
and paper industry, mechanical engineering and shipbuilding, the
chemical industry, a core test center, hydroelectric power
generation, as well as salmon fishing and salmon
farming. Agricultural use is also successful.
The secret capital of Seattle
Seattle is one of the most important international seaports in
the USA, because it is from here that cruise ships to Alaska and the
Pacific states such as Hawaii depart. At the same time, this city is
a direct sea connection to the Asian economy. An international
airport completes this picture. The hallmark of this city is its
international and young orientation. Not only students come and go
at Starbucks, young families also like to settle here.
The atmosphere of the city is cosmopolitan, racism is hardly an
issue. A well-positioned range of restaurants and chic cafés
inspires residents and visitors. A famous son of the city is the
musician Jimi Hendrix, who died in 1970 and whose grave is still a
pilgrimage site for numerous fans.
The honor of the capital is due to the much smaller and more
tranquil Olympia, in which just 46,000 residents have found their
home. For U.S. standards, it is almost a village, or at least a
small town. However, this small town has an exceptional inner city
center, which is perceived as a historical monument.
A high-quality gastronomy scene attracts many people, especially
the oyster farming is considered here. The range of culinary
delicacies from the sea is correspondingly large and varied.