Washington covers 71,303 square miles and has a population of 6,724,540 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Washington’s capital is Olympia, which has a population of 46,478. Other important cities are Seattle (pop. 608,660), Spokane (pop. 208,916), Tacoma (pop. 198,397), Vancouver (pop. 161,791), Bellevue (pop. 161,791), Everett (pop. 103,019), Federal Way (pop. 89,306), Kent (pop. 92,411), Yakima (pop. 91,067) and Bellingham (pop. 80,885).
Washington was admitted to the Union on November 11th, 1889 as the 42nd state. The state flower is the “Pink Rhododendron” and its’ nickname is “The Evergreen State”. Washington is bordered by Canada to the north, Idaho to the east, Oregon to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Washington’s economy is broken into two categories; agriculture and industry. Seafood, dairy products, apples, cattle, wheat, potatoes and nursery stock provide for the agricultural side. While aerospace, software development, food processing, paper products, lumber and wood products, chemical products and tourism provide for the industrial side.