There’s no place quite like Washington. We have unbeatable mountainous views, perfect climates to grow agriculture, worldwide companies and so much more. Our state contributes so much to the country, and even leads the nation in many things. Here are 10 that we’re ranked number one in:
1. Red raspberries
More than 90% of raspberries for the country are grown right here in Washington. Combine them with white chocolate, and you can make a heavenly cheesecake.
2. Generating electricity from renewable energy
The Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River is the single largest producer of electricity in the nation. It's also the largest concrete structure ever built.
3. Concord & Niagara Grapes
To make into wine, of course. Back during the Ice Age period, deposits from the Missoula Floods made our soil perfect for grapevines to grow deep roots for absorbing nutrients.
4. Spearmint oil
Washington produces enough mint oil every year to supply everyone in the U.S. with 135 sticks of Doublemint gum. It's also been measured that it could make into over 3.5 million tubes of toothpaste. Either way, it will make your breath smell amazing.
5. Our ferry system
Sure, you can catch a ferry in New York or California, but the system here in Washington is by far the largest and most extensive. It features 22 vessels that carry millions of passengers around to 20 ports of call across Puget Sound.
6. Hops to make beer
The hops grown in the Yakima Valley alone make up for about 75% produced for the whole nation. You're welcome, America.
7. Apples & pears
The Wenatchee Valley is known as the "Apple Capital of the World". This area alone produces nearly 70% of apples for the country, to make into pies, sauce, juice and more. In addition, we produce about 50% of all fresh pears.
8. Floating bridges
We're also the floating bridge capital of the world, with the four longest and heaviest floating bridges. These include the Lacey Murrow , Evergreen Point, Homer Hadley, and Hood Canal bridges.
9. Sweet cherries
Rainier Cherries were even named after our iconic
. We grow 62.3% for the whole country, making us the top producer.
10. STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
With Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon here, it's not surprising we have the highest concentration of jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In fact, nearly 9.2% of all jobs in Washington are in one of these fields.
And of course, Washington is the #1 place to live. What are some other things we rank first in?