Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest
region of the United States of America. The state is named after George
Washington, the first President of the United States. It is the only U.S. state
named after a president.
Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory and
admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. In 2006, the Census Bureau
estimated the state's population at 6,395,798. Residents are called
"Washingtonians" (emphasis on the third syllable, pronounced as tone).
Washington is sometimes called Washington state or The state of Washington to distinguish it
from Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital.
Washington is the northwesternmost state of the contiguous United States. Its
northern border lies mainly along the 49th parallel, with the Canadian province
of British Columbia to the north. Washington borders Oregon to the south, with
the Columbia River forming most of the boundary and the 46th parallel forming
the eastern part of the southern boundary. To the east Washington borders Idaho,
bounded mostly by the meridian running north from the confluence of the Snake
River and Clearwater River (about 116°57' west), except for
the southernmost section where the border follows the Snake River. To the west
of Washington lies the Pacific Ocean.
Washington is in the region known as the Pacific Northwest, a term which
often includes part or all of British Columbia in Canada and part of Alaska.
Sometimes it refers only to lands within the northwestern United States,
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