Washington, the 42nd state admitted to the U.S., is in the Pacific Northwest with Canada to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Large cities include Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane although the majority of the state population is in the Seattle metro area.
Much of Washington is covered in mountains and dense forests. The climate ranges from wet and mild along the Pacific coast to drier in the eastern part of the state. Washington is an economic leader in agriculture, lumber and wood products and information technology. Though Washington has no state income tax it ranks as a high tax state given the sales, local and property tax burden.
Washington is a favorite of retirees and five places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Washington videos.