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Washington is a state located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, bordered by Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and Canada to the north. It is the 18th largest state in the country, covering an area of approximately 71,362 square miles (184,827 square kilometers), and has a population of around 7.8 million people, making it the 13th most populous state.

Washington is known for its natural beauty, including the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, and the Columbia River Gorge. The state is also home to several major cities, including Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Bellevue. Seattle, the largest city in the state, is known for its thriving tech industry and cultural landmarks such as the Space Needle and Pike Place Market.

The state’s economy is diverse and includes a mix of industries, including technology, aerospace, agriculture, and forestry. Washington is home to several major tech companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing. The state is also a major producer of apples, cherries, and other fruits, and is a leading lumber producer.

Washington is known for its progressive politics and has been a leader in environmental and social justice initiatives. The state was the first in the country to legalize recreational marijuana and same-sex marriage through voter initiatives.

The state capital is Olympia, located in the south of the state, and other major cities include Spokane, Vancouver, and Bellevue.