The state flag of Washington.
|Population:||7,288,000 (July, 2016)|
|Size:||66,455 square miles|
|Motto:||“Al-ki” or “Alki”|
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There are a variety of reasons to have your car or truck shipped to Washington from California. If you are relocating to Washington, here are a few differences between the states to consider:
The state of Washington is 6.9 million in 2012, making it the 13th most populated state in the U.S. It covers 66,544 square miles, has 2.1 million acres of state forest, 120 state parks and has six major cities: Seattle (608,660); Spokane (208,916); Tacoma (198,397); Vancouver (161,791); Bellevue (122,363) and Everett (103,019). Washington is home to Mount St. Helens, which was made famous when the top blew off of it on May 18, 1980 and was categorized Mount St Helens as a volcano. It was the equivalent of a geological tsunami and created the largest landslide in recorded history at 3.7 billion cubic yards.
Washington State acquired its name to honor the first president of the United States, George Washington. This state was part of the Oregon Country that was visited by Spanish, British and American explorers. Lewis and Clark explored the Columbia River region and along the coastal region for the U.S. in 1805-1806. There were conflicts between British and American settlers in the early 1840’s. The Oregon Treaty was established to set a boundary at the 49th parallel to prevent a war, and established the present day Canadian border. Washington was part of the Oregon Treaty. In 1848, the Oregon Territory which was comprised of Washington Territory, Oregon and Idaho was established. On November 11, 1889, Washington became the 42nd state of the United States.
Women were previously given the right to vote in 1883 in this state, but it was rescinded in 1887 due to the support women were giving the prohibition movement. Despite the setback for women, Washington is the first state to give women the right to vote in 1910.
The culture of Washington State has many influences. The regional influences of being a logging state with lumber mills and fisherman along the coast give this state a uniqueness from any other region in the country. It has a fascinating mix of maritime, industrial and technological influences. It is the land of loggers, fishermen and sailors and high-tech beautiful minds. It also has a rich heritage of Asian culture as it is along the coastline from the Pacific Rim. Washington State has a progressive or liberal reputation, as it is the only state that has passed laws making the passion of pot, same-sex marriage and assisted suicide legal.
Washington is home to many famous people that have set many trends not only in this state, but across the world. Starbucks was founded in 1971 in Seattle, WA by three friends, Zev Siegl, Jerry Baldwin and Gordon Bowker. It has since blossomed from one small store into over 18,000 in 62 countries. It gave coffee businesses a standard and a culture that will pass on to each generation for many years to come. Bill Gates is another famous entrepreneur from Seattle. He has dramatically changed the face of the world in how we communicate. You wouldn’t be reading this or able to locate an auto shipping company online without the influence of Bill Gates. Love him or hate him, we can agree that his contribution has changed our modern day culture.
Washington is an obvious leader in the production of lumber. This state produces some of the best wood in the nation such as the Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa and white pine, spruce and cedar. Washington is famous for its apples, generating 1.44 billion in revenue in 2010. This state also is a top producer of potatoes, raspberries, cherries and pears. Boeing has had a presence in Everett, WA since 1943 when it built planes for WW II, adjacent to Paine Field. Boeing began building the 747 jumbo jet in 1967. It is the largest building in the world by volume at 472,370,319 cubic feet. The facility employs about 30,000 people. In fact, many car shipping requests are from people relocating to Everett to begin a new career at Boeing.
This state’s location along the Pacific coast provides a great place for ships to export and import goods from the Asian and Australian continents and other countries along the Pacific Rim. It has many of the major harbors and ports along the west coast. This is a major port for several auto shipping companies to import and export their vehicles to nations across the Pacific. There are 2 major ports, 1 large, 3 medium and many smaller ports that extend all the way to the eastern border of Washington, along the Columbia River. Fishing is still a major industry in Washington. The most common fishing produce is salmon, halibut, oysters and crab.
The state of Washington is only one of seven states that doesn’t require personal income tax. It also doesn’t collect corporate income tax or franchise tax. However, there is a business and occupation tax (B&O tax).
Washington’s unemployment rate is as its lowest point in 5 years and continues to fall. The unemployment rate in October 2013 was 7.0 percent, in Seattle it’s 5.3 percent. In December 2013, it was 6.6 percent. The estimated jobs added to the economy were 4,800 between November and December 2013, bringing the total increase to about 47,000 jobs added for 2013. The minimum wage for Washington State is $9.32 per hour, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Washington’s climate is fairly mild due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. But it varies from west Washington and east Washington which are divided by many mountain ranges, the Cascade Mountains is the predominate range. The western region of the state is referenced as an “oceanic climate” or “marine climate” as it is in direct line with the jet stream bringing high and low pressure systems off the Pacific Ocean. The ocean keeps the state warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. As the warming and drying of the air passes over the Cascade Mountains, it make the eastern region dry and desert like while the western region remains lush and green all year. In the western region, summers are cool and mild, while winters are wet from early winter through spring. Seattle, Washington’s most populated city is on the western side of the state. It receives approximately 152 days of sun and rains approximately 155. Its average high in July is 75 degrees, its average low in January is 38 degrees.
The western region receives anywhere between 20 inches near the Olympic Mountains, up to 150 inches along the southwestern part of the state. July and August are the driest months, December and January are the wettest. In the eastern region, summers are warmer and winters are colder. Rainfall averages around 8 inches near the Snake and Columbia Rivers, to approximately 24 inches on the eastern border.
The Cascade Mountains separate the western and eastern parts of the state. The Cascades receive up to 90 inches of precipitation annually. Most of that falls as snow in the winter. Mount Baker gets around 500 inches of snow in the 4,000 to 5,500 elevations. Spokane, WA is on the eastern edge of the state. The sun shines on average 171 days and rains an average of 89 days. The average high in July is 86 degrees; the average low in January is 24 degrees.
Washington State has a base sales tax of 6.5 percent and is combined with local city rates. Seattle, for instance, has a rate of 9.5 percent. The combined state and local taxes are generally between 8 and 9 percent. The cost of living in Washington State is at 17 percent, a little higher than average. The median household income is $59,374 and home ownership is at 63.8 percent (national average is 65.5 percent).
The housing market is growing, but the growth has shifted over the last 10 years. It used to be primarily in Seattle, which currently is home to one-sixth of the population in the state. The stricter building codes and the fact that families want to live in less densely populated areas contribute to this shift. The majority of growth is in Puget Sound as the preference of families with children want a single family home and more affordable housing. Growth in this area is up 100 percent since 2000.
There are approximately 295 public school districts in the state of Washington. The average student-to-teacher ratio in Washington is 18.6:1, higher than the national average of 16:1. The percentage of high school students who graduate on time is at 76 percent, higher than the national average of 74.7 percent. Only about 51 percent of high school graduates going straight to college, although 69 percent will graduate, one of the highest rates in the nation. High school juniors and seniors have the option of participating in a state program called “Running Start”. It allows students to go to undergraduate schools with public funding while simultaneously earning high school and college credits.
There are more than 40 colleges and universities in Washington. There are major research universities, religious institutions and private career colleges. Among the public universities are University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University and The Evergreen State College. Gonzaga University in Spokane, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University are among the top private universities in the state of Washington. Students travel to Washington from all parts of the nation. Many parents prefer to have an auto shipping company ship their car instead of having their student make a long road trip. Most likely for the peace of mind.
Washington only has two major league teams, both in Seattle. The Seattle Seahawks are the professional football team in the NFL and part of the NFC division. They prove to be are a true crowd pleaser (on their way to the Superbowl XLVIII as of this writing) and have a strong and loyal fan base. They play their home games at Century Link Field near downtown Seattle.
The Seattle Mariners are the major league baseball team. They are members of the AL division of the MLB. Their home field is Safeco Field, near SoDo (south of downtown), an industrial district of Seattle. The Mariners are owned by a corporation, Nintendo of America. It is one of three MLB teams under corporate ownership (Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays are corporate owned as well). The Mariners have never appeared in a World Series.
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