Washington is a leading lumber producer. Its rugged surface is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa, white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar. The state is the biggest producer of apples, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries, and ranks high in the production of apricots, asparagus, dry edible peas, grapes, lentils, peppermint oil, and potatoes. Washington ranks second in the U.S. in the production of wine, behind only California.
Manufacturing industries in Washington include aircraft and missiles, shipbuilding and other transportation equipment, lumber, food processing, metals and metal products, chemicals, and machinery. Washington is an exceptionally beautiful state if you’re moving in, with over 1,000 dams to explore including the Grand Coulee Dam, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, power, flood control, and water storage.
Outdoor adventures abound in the state, with mountains (Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens), rivers (Columbia River, Snake River, Yakima River) and the Puget Sound of the Pacific Ocean complete with fjords to explore. Washington has a variety of National Park Service units. Among these are the Alta Lake State Park, San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, as well as three national parks, the Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park and Mount Rainier National Park.
If you’re moving to Washington and looking to further your education, the state has major research universities, technical schools, religious schools, and private career colleges. Colleges and Universities include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, and The Evergreen State College.
In the NFL, the Seattle Sea Hawks call the state home, as do the Seattle Mariners for Major League Baseball. Further, the state hosts Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Seattle Sounders FC, the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)'s Seattle Storm and the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)'s Seattle Reign FC.