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The Evergreen State: Washington
The “Evergreen State” is Washington, named after the first President George Washington. It was the 42nd state admitted to statehood on November 11, 1889. The state capital is Olympia. The state bird is the American Goldfinch and the state flower is the Coast Rhododendron.
Washington’s economy is fueled by (agriculture) nursery stock, wheat, potatoes, apples, cattle, dairy products and seafood as well as (industry) aerospace, software development, paper products, lumber/wood products, food processing, chemical products and tourism.
The gross state product was $351.5-billion (2010) which ranked Washington at 14th in the country. The unemployment rate is 7.0% (April 2013). A base state sales tax sits at 6.5% with a variable local rate added to that.