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Once most famous for its acres of timber and lumber production, Washington is most noted today as the corporate home to such hi-tech industries as Boeing, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, and Amazon.com.
Tourism is another major industry offering scenic attractions along its Pacific Northwest coastline and more outdoor adventures inland with world-class Washington State ski resorts, hiking and mountain climbing.
The unofficial capital, Seattle, has also recently appeared on several Top Ten lists of major cities to which Americans most want to relocate.
Bisected by Cascade Range mountains, Washington State contains several volcanoes including those at Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount St. Helens (which most famously erupted in 1980), Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, the state's highest peak.
Washington State quality-of-life statistics
Major cities: Olympia (capital), Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma
Population : 6,395,798
White : 85%
Black, African American : 3.5%
Hispanic : 8.8%
High school graduates : 87.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 27.7%
Average household income: $44,438
of Living: Sperling's
Best Places - Washington - Compared to the rest of the
country, Washington's cost of living is 9.92% higher than
the U.S. average.
Personal Income Tax : The state of Washington is one of only nine states that does not levy a personal income tax nor a corporate income tax.
& Real Estate Overview : see Zillow = Washington State Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 64.6%
Average home price : $311,329
Average travel time to work : 25.5 minutes
: see Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction | Washington State Report Card
: Along the coast, temperatures are typically warmer
in winter and cooler in summer, with abundant rainfall throughout
the year. Much drier inland around the Cascade Range, the
general climate also varies greatly depending on elevation
with record winter snowfalls occurring in higher mountain
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More about relocating to Washington State around the Web:
Become a Washington State Resident - The official state portal with information on voter registration, student aid, state taxes.
20 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Seattle - Local real estate feature with insider tips on rain (and more
rain), restaurants, traffic and getting around, with tongue-in-cheek commentary on the city's culture.
City of Spokane Official Website - Directory of city services, neighborhood guides, traffic advisories, local news & events, Web cams.
Washington State real estate, apartments & job classifieds:
Seattle : Post
Intelligencer | Seattle Times