36 Interesting Facts About Washington

Last updated on December 31st, 2020

31. The first father’s day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, by its creator – Spokane citizen – Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father was a civil war veteran who was a single parent and raised six children.[17]

32. Washington is the second most populous state in the west coast and in the western United States after California. The state is a leading lumber producer.

33. Washington is one of the thirty six states to legalize same-sex marriage.

34. The name of the nation’s capital “Washington D.C.” may confuse some with “Washington state.” To avoid this, the name of the state was to be changed and instead the territory was to be named Tacoma. However, the proposal failed to garner support, and the name remains unchanged.[18]

35. There is no tax on personal income in the state.

36. Washington has 3,101 glaciers (covering 450.5 square kilometers), making it the most glaciated state in the contiguous continental states of the United States of America. Its largest glacier is 10.59 square kilometers in size.[19]

Washington – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationWA
State CapitalOlympia
Largest CitySeattle
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 71,300 sq miles; Land Only: 66,544 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodNovember 11, 1889
State rank by population13th
State rank by date of formation42nd
State rank by area18th
Number of Counties39
Bordering StatesIdaho, Oregon
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointMount Rainier
14,411 ft (4,392 m)
Lowest pointPacific Ocean
Sea level
Length240 miles (400 km)
Width360 miles (580 km)
National ParksMount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
GovernorJay Inslee (D)
Electoral Votes12
State MottoAl-ki (By and by)
State NicknameEvergreen State
% Water6.6
Nobel Prize WinnersGeorge J. Stigler (Economic Sciences, 1982)
George H. Hitchings (Physiology or Medicine, 1988)
Robert E. Lucas Jr. (Economic Sciences, 1995)
Douglas D. Osheroff (Physics, 1996)
Linda B. Buck (Physiology or Medicine, 2004)
Famous PeopleJonathan Ogden (Pro Football Player)
Ron Santo (Baseball Player)
John Stockton (Basketball Player)
Erika Christensen (Actress)
Jennifer Warnes (Singer)
DanceSquare dance
State Song"Washington, My Home"
State Flag

A green flag with a circular seal consisting of concentric circles. The inner circles contains an image of a stately man wearing a powdered wig. The outer circle has the words "The Seal of the State of Washington" and "1889" written clockwise within a yellow banner surrounding the inner circle.

State seal

A circular seal with the words "The Seal of the State of Washington, 1889" centered around it from top to bottom. In the center, a man with gray hair poses.

State quarter

Washington quarter

State BirdAmerican goldfinch

A yellow bird with black coloring on its wings and head, with an orange beak and white striations on its wings, perching on a wood branch

Endemic mammalOlympic marmot


State FlowerPacific rhododendron

Pink Beauty
State OysterOstrea lurida

Ostrea Lurida
GemPetrified Wood

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State ShipThe Lady Washington

Lady Washington
State FossilColumbian Mammoth

Mammuthus columbi (North American Columbian Mammoth)
State Marine MammalOrca

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State TreeWestern hemlock

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State FishSteelhead Trout

Steelhead Trout
State InsectGreen darner dragonfly

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State GrassBluebunch wheatgrass

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State AmphibianPacific chorus frog

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State FruitApple

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Longitude116°  55′ W to 124°  46′ W
Latitude45°  33′ N to 49° N
Time ZonePacific Time Zone
Area Codes206, 253, 360, 425, 509, 564
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020