|Population (1994): 4,867,000
(19th in size)
State size: 68,139 square miles (20th in
State Capital: Olympia (named after the Olympic
Major cities: Bellevue, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and
Admission to union: The 42nd State
Date entered the union: November 11, 1889
Origin of state name: Named after George Washington,
the first president of the United States.
Nicknames: The Evergreen State
Bordering states: Idaho and Oregon, with Canada to the
north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
State bird: Willow Goldfinch
State flower: Coast Rhododendron
State tree: Western Hemlock
Motto: By and By