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Washington - The Evergreen State

Situated in the northwestern part of the United States, the Evergreen State received its statehood on November 11, 1889, making it the 42nd state of the US. The estimated population of Washington is about 7.7 million making it the 13th most populous state of America. Olympia is the state's capital city, whereas the largest city is Seattle. Washington is bordered by Canada, Idaho, Oregon, and the Pacific Ocean. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Yakima, Cayuse, Colville, Spokane, Chinook, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Quinault, and Puyallup.

Washington got its name from one of the Founding Fathers of America, George Washington. It is popularly known as the 'Evergreen State' (named by C.T. Conover) because of the abundant evergreen forests present in this state. Because of this, agriculture and timber production are major economic sectors of this state. The name is also symbolic of the state's timeless natural charm. Washington experiences a temperate climate where summers are dry and sunny, and winters are cold and occasionally wet.

Major Cities in Washington


Seattle is the biggest city in Washington state with a population of over 737,000. It was founded on November 13, 1851, and was established as a city on December 2, 1869. The city was named in honor of a Suquamish and Duwamish chief, called Si'ahl. The city is a major industrial hub with major companies headquartered here such as, Starbucks, Nash Holdings LLC, Swedish Health Services, Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom Inc., Avanade, etc. Seattle University, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Seattle Pacific University, are some of the top universities situated in this city.


With a population of around 229,000, Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington. Situated in Spokane County, the city is popularly known as 'The Lilac City' because of the abundant lilac flowers surrounding the region. The city was founded in 1873 by an American politician named James Nettle Glover. Spokane was established as a city on November 29, 1881. Gonzaga University and Whitworth University are popular educational institutes situated in this city. Spokane is also a major center for business and transportation.


The estimated population of Tacoma is approximately 220,000, which makes it the third-largest city in the state of Washington. The word 'Tacoma' is derived from the Salish Indian term which means "mountain that provided water to their tribe". Tacoma was established as a city in the year 1874. The city is also popularly nicknamed the "City of Destiny". Some of the major educational institutes in this city are the Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound.


Vancouver is Washington's fourth-largest city and has an estimated population of about 191,000. The city is located in Clark County and was established as a city in 1857. Vancouver was founded in the year 1825 and was named in honor of Captain George Vancouver. The region used to be a major center for fur trading. The major industries in this city currently are healthcare services and business services. Top attractions in this city include Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver Lake Regional Park, and so on.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Washington

The cost of living in the state of Washington is considerably higher than the national average. Housing costs are a lot higher than the national average, followed by the cost of transportation. However, healthcare and utilities are cheaper when compared to the national average. Lynnwood, Bellingham, Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, and Issaquah are some of the most expensive cities in Washington. Cities like Quincy, Ephrata, Toppenish, and Grandview are some of the most affordable places to live in.

The cost of education in some of the top universities/colleges (public and private) is more expensive than the national average. For example, the tuition fee for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Washington-Seattle Campus is around $13,000 (the national average is about $11,000). For out-of-state students, the tuition fee is around $41,000, which is not only more than the in-state fee but also much higher than the national average, which is roughly $23,000. In the top private institutions such as Seattle University and Whitman College, the tuition fee is almost $50,000 (the national average is about $39,000).

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

Some of the top universities/colleges in the state of Washington are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


Washington state is known as the Evergreen State not just for its multiple evergreen forests but also for its timeless natural beauty. With its abundant natural wonders and diverse landscapes, the state is a blessing for lovers of Nature. Washington is a state so beautiful that one must keep aside ample time to explore the best this place has to offer. Some of the best natural attractions include the Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest, Granite Mountain, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Ape Caves, Dry Falls, Palouse Falls, The Enchantments, Columbia River Gorge, Snoqualmie Falls, and a lot more. These places are ideal for a variety of adventures and fun outdoor activities like hiking, biking, cycling, camping, etc.

Must-try foods in Washington state include Rainier Cherries, Salmon, Almond Roca, Razor Clams, and Apples.

Universities & Colleges in Washington

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus (Seattle) 56315$12545 / $40772$20908 / $35545
Washington State University (Pullman) 35149$12545 / $28227$14636 / $28227
Gonzaga University (Spokane) 8474$48090 / $48090$18818 / $18818
Whitman College (Walla Walla) 1470$49136 / $49136$N/A / $N/A
Seattle University (Seattle) 8254$49136 / $49136$21954 / $21954
DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond) 1190$34499 / $34499$29272 / $29272
Western Washington University (Bellingham) 17966$9409 / $26136$12545 / $25090
University of Washington-Bothell Campus (Bothell) 7188$12545 / $40772$20908 / $35545
Northwest University (Kirkland) 1457$34499 / $34499$20908 / $20908
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle) 4204$39727 / $39727$25090 / $25090
Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma) 3170$39727 / $39727$24045 / $24045
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (Tacoma) 6354$12545 / $40772$20908 / $35545
Central Washington University (Ellensburg) 17678$9409 / $25090$12545 / $26136
The Evergreen State College (Olympia) 4036$9409 / $29272$10454 / $21954
Eastern Washington University (Cheney) 15961$8363 / $27181$13590 / $30318
Saint Martin's University (Lacey) 1719$35545 / $35545$14636 / $14636
Whitworth University (Spokane) 2650$41817 / $41817$17772 / $17772
Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) 724$39727 / $39727$38681 / $38681
Argosy University-Seattle (Seattle) 152$14636 / $14636$14636 / $14636
Bastyr University (Kenmore) 1183$28227 / $28227$32408 / $32408
University of Puget Sound (Tacoma) 2774$47045 / $47045$32408 / $32408
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (Seattle) 302$N/A / $N/A$16727 / $16727
University of Phoenix-Washington (Tukwila) 387$12545 / $12545$16727 / $16727
Walla Walla University (College Place) 2137$30318 / $30318$24045 / $24045
Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (Seattle) 37$N/A / $N/A$19863 / $19863
Antioch University-Seattle (Seattle) 861$24045 / $24045$20908 / $20908
Olympic College (Bremerton) 7177$5227 / $5227$N/A / $N/A
Heritage University (Toppenish) 1251$19863 / $19863$10454 / $10454
City University of Seattle (Seattle) 2347$17772 / $17772$14636 / $14636
Faith Evangelical College & Seminary (Tacoma) 517$9409 / $9409$9409 / $9409
Bellevue College (Bellevue) 13398$4181 / $9409$N/A / $N/A
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland) 3531$4181 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Northwest College of Art & Design (Poulsbo) 100$20908 / $20908$N/A / $N/A
South Seattle College (Seattle) 6076$4181 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Northwest Indian College (Bellingham) 641$5227 / $5227$N/A / $N/A
Seattle Central College (Seattle) 6574$4181 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Peninsula College (Port Angeles) 2271$5227 / $5227$N/A / $N/A
Columbia Basin College (Pasco) 6422$5227 / $7318$N/A / $N/A
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (Yakima) 495$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Trinity Lutheran College (Everett) 211$31363 / $31363$N/A / $N/A
The Art Institute of Seattle (Seattle) 1190$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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