WA Posted in Washington June 27, 2015 by Nikki Cleveland 10 Reasons Why People in Washington Should Be Proud of Their State It’s pretty much impossible to not love this Northwest state but here are 10 reasons in particular to be proud to call Washington home: 1. Our state is rich with natural beauty. Flickr / bohlander Every state has some nice views here and there - but none as vibrant and breathtaking as ours! 2. We produce some delicious drinks. Flickr / i5design Our wine, beer, milk and coffee are all made locally, giving them a fresh flavor you won't find anywhere else. 3. Our agriculture. Flickr / buzzhoffman We have ideal weather all around Washington to garden a variety of amazing fruits and veggies! 4. We're MUCH smarter than a fifth grader. Flickr / carbonnyc Nearly 32% of the population has advanced degrees! 5. We've innovated industries. Flickr / trufflepig Some companies based around here, to name a few: Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Pop Cap Games, Expedia, Nordstrom, Costco, Classmates.com... 6. We have all kinds of culture. Flickr / 15216811@N06 From the music and art scene in Seattle to the historical sites and landmarks in Eastern Washington, you'll find all of our communities are thriving with culture! 7. We set trends. Flickr / https://flic.kr/p/cuXpCq In addition to all of our homegrown inventive companies, we've had numerous groundbreaking musicians, artists and more emerge from our state! 8. We take care of our beautiful environment. Flickr / parksdh Nearly 75% of the state’s power comes from renewable energy sources including hydroelectric, solar and wind. We also recycle and compost constantly! 9. Our economy is solid! Flickr / armydre2008 We have the highest state mandated minimum wage at $9.47! Forbes.com has even listed Washington as #1 for the Best State to Make a Living In. 10. We have a little something for everyone. Flickr / edsuom Our huge variety of climates and ecosystems includes everything from the coastal Pacific shores to the plains of Eastern Washington, which actually sees more sunshine every year than parts of Florida! Gotta love this state! So, why are YOU proud to call Washington home?? Share your reasons below!