The state of Washington was named in honor of President George Washington and has earned the nickname the Evergreen State for the abundance of evergreen forests. In fact, Washington is home to three National Parks, nine National Forests and 100 State Parks.
Washington is the next stop in our United States of Energy data series ranking number 6 in residential electricity prices averaging $8.04 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. Washington is the leading hydroelectric power producer in the nation. Hydroelectric power accounts for nearly three- fourths of State electricity generation.
Did you know? The Washington State Ferry System is the largest Ferry System in the US and the state’s number one tourist attraction.
There are over 40,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 lakes in Washington. Eighty percent of the glacial ice in the U.S. is found in Washington State. Early prominent industries for the state included fishing and salmon canning.
Many of you probably know Washington for Microsoft, Starbucks or the famous needle, which was the first revolving restaurant… what else is the state of Washington known for?