Washington

Overview

Washington is located in the Pacific Northwest. It was named after the first president, George Washington, and officially entered the Union in 1889. Washington is the 13th most populous state despite being only the 18th largest, and one of the only states in which cannabis, same-sex marriage, and assisted suicide are legal. Unsurprisingly, about 60% of the state’s population resides in Seattle. The rest of the state is sparsely populated and leaves room for Washington’s many exports. It is a leader for the production of lumber; its mountainous terrain is rich in Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa, and white pine. Washington is also a heavyweight among the states for its agricultural production. It is the national leader in production of apples, lentils, peas, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries. Washington has everything you need to successfully run a small business.

Industry Stats

  • Washington has over twice as many people working in computer systems design as banking.
  • $1.4 billion was spent on weddings in Washington alone.
  • A staggering 174,290 people work in the food service industry in this state.
  • Despite Washington being a powerhouse agricultural state, only about 47,616 people work as farmers.
  • Washington couples spent an average of $108 on postage alone.
  • The state has more people working to produce aerospace parts than working in department stores.

Washington has no shortage of reasons for being a great place for small businesses. It has a booming and expanding tech industry, easy access to development centers for struggling or new businesses, an extremely skilled talent pool, a centralized market in Seattle, and manageable taxes.

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