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Washington Almanac

The Washington Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Washington.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Washington. W-X-Y-Z, Vol. 21. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 48. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union November 11, 1889
Capital Olympia, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Evergreen State, Green Tree State, Chinook State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Al-ki or Alki, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 71,303 square miles Rank among states 18th
Land area 66,582 square miles Rank among states 20th
Water area 4,721 square miles Rank among states 11th
Greatest distance East to West 370 miles
Greatest distance North to South 239 miles
Highest point 14,410 feet (Mount Rainier) Rank among states 4th
Lowest point Sea level (Pacific Ocean) Rank among states 3rd
Mean elevation 1,700 feet Rank among states 18th
Highest recorded temperature 118 degrees on August 5, 1961 at Ice Harbor Dam
Lowest recorded temperature -48 degrees on December 30, 1968 at Mazama and Winthrop
Highest monthly average temperature 84.0 degrees Rank among states 41st
Lowest monthly average temperature 20.0 degrees Rank among states 27th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 38 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
5,894,121 Rank among states 15th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
88.52 Rank among states 25th
Ten largest cities by population
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Seattle 563,374 6. Everett 91,488
2. Spokane 195,629 7. Federal Way 83,259
3. Tacoma 193,556 8. Kent 79,524
4. Vancouver 143,560 9. Yakima 71,845
5. Bellevue 109,569 10. Bellingham 67,171
Median age 33.1
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 75.13 Rank among states 10th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 5,952.3 Rank among states 12th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 514.6 Rank among states 26th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 5,437.7 Rank among states 8th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$31,230 Rank among states 11th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$26,291 Rank among states 11th
Median household income (1993) $35,655 Rank among states 12th

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The Washington Almanac

The Washington Almanac, edited by Andrea Jarvela. 240 pages. Publisher: Westwinds Press (June 1, 2003)

A fun-filled source of factoids on Washington state, this first edition of The Washington Almanac is an essential read for anyone wanting the latest scoop on regional history, nature, geography, enconomy, and peoples of the famous Evergreen State.

Did you know.... Beacon Rock in Washington is the biggest single rock in the world next to Gilbratar. The famous Lake Washington Floating Bridge is the longest and heaviest floating structure in the world.

Some statistical information will be out of date in this 2003 publication, but enjoyable none-the-less.

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