State of Washington


cop-side-washingtonAbout 60 percent of Washingtonians live in the Seattle metropolitan area, which is the center of transit, business and industry in the Northwest. And while the state is home to tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon and Nintendo, it is still most associated with the apple, the state’s biggest agricultural crop. Six out of every 10 apples consumed in the U.S. comes from Washington as more than 10 billion apples — each picked by hand — are harvested in the Evergreen State each year. Someone actually took the time to determine that if all the apples picked in the only state named for a president each year were laid side-by-side, they would circle the Earth 29 times. But Washington is also known for its yield of hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil and sweet cherries as well. The state is also remembered for one of the biggest natural disasters to hit the U.S. in the last 40 years. In May of 1980, following a period of heavy tremors and eruptions, the northern face of Mount St. Helens exploded, taking more than 1,000 feet from the volcano. Not only was it the most economically destructive volcano eruption in the U.S. history, flattening forests and destroying about 200 miles of highway, it also killed 57 people and turned day into night.

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