Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fun Facts About Washington State

Did you know:
1. The forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and the only rain forests in the continental United States.
2. Washington has the largest ferry system in the nation; 26 million passengers travel by ferry each year.
3. Washington state is the nation's largest exporter, representing 34 billion dollars and 5% of all US exports which includes forest products, aerospace products, apples, tulips, hops, mint, wheat and several other quality food products.
4. Washington State defines innovation.  Some of the leading companies include Microsoft, Amazon, Nordstrom, Boeing, Costco and Starbucks.
5. Washington has hosted the World's Fair twice:  1962 in Seattle and 1974 in Spokane.  The first revolving restaurant in the US was built for the  Seattle World's Fair at the top of the Space Needle.
Washington is America’s coffee capital with more coffee bean roasters per capita than any other state.
6. “The Wave”, a popular fan cheer for the past 25 years, was started by Husky fans at the University of Washington.
7. The state is home to the world’s largest private car collection featuring over 3,000 vehicles.
8. Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in North America, is located in Washington State.
9. Washington’s residents are educated with the most residents holding high school diplomas than any other state. Seattle leads the country in residents with more college degrees per capita.
10. The Boeing Plant, located in Everett, is the world’s largest building able to fit 74 football fields inside.
11. In Washington, a Seahawk is an athlete, not a bird. The closest thing to a seahawk is an osprey hawk.
12. Washington, the 42nd state in the union, is the only state named for a president.
13. Washington produces 70% of the nation’s hops used to brew beer.
14. With 37” annually, Seattle gets less rainfall than Atlanta, Boston, New York, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C.
15. Washington’s Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon at over 5,500 feet deep.
16. Homegrown musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Kenny G, The Wailers, Pat Boone, Bing Crosby, Quincy Jones and American Idol runner up, Blake Lewis.
17. Petrified wood is the state’s gem. There is a petrified forest in the state that is considered the most unusual fossil forest in the world.
18. More people in Seattle commute to work on bicycles than any other city in the nation.
19. Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson is a Washington native.
20. The longest accessible beach in the U.S. is in Washington. The 28 mile long stretch is aptly named Long Beach.
21. Washington’s cows produce more milk per cow than any other state, totaling 1.3 billion pounds of milk each year.
22. The state’s nickname is the Evergreen State for its abundant evergreen forests.
23. The state is America’s raspberry capital harvesting more than 57 million pounds of raspberries each year.
24. Washington is the nation’s top apple producing state with 10-12 billion apples handpicked annually.
25. Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any major city in the nation.

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