Western Washington

Western Washington is a region of the United States defined as the area of Washington state west of the Cascade Mountains. This region is home to the state's largest city, Seattle, the state capital, Olympia, and most of the state's residents. The climate is generally far more damp and temperate than that of Eastern Washington.

Western Washington
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Coordinates: 48°N 122°W / 48°N 122°W / 48; -122Coordinates: 48°N 122°W / 48°N 122°W / 48; -122
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Köppen climate types in western Washington

Western Washington is known as having a far wetter climate than the eastern portion of the state, primarily due to the effects of the Cascades rain shadow. The average location in Eastern Washington only receives an average of 46.87 centimeters (18.45 inches) of precipitation per year,[1] whereas the average place in Western Washington receives 167.72 centimeters (66.03 inches).[1] The average location in Western Washington gets 168 days of measurable precipitation per year.[2]

The place that receives the most recorded precipitation is Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula, with an average of 332.92 centimeters (131.07 inches) per year.[3] The Long Beach Experimental Station has the most days of measurable precipitation, averaging 215 each year.[2]


As of the 2010 census, Western Washington was home to 5,229,486 of the state's total 6,724,540 residents, making its population comparable to that of Minnesota.[4][5] The region has a land area of 24,742 square miles (64,080 km2), for a population density of 211.36 people per square mile (81.61 people per square kilometer).


Counties in Western Washington:

Cities of noteEdit

Major cities in Western Washington:[6]



  1. ^ a b http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/summary/Climsmwa.html Western Regional Climate Data Center Website
  2. ^ a b http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/htmlfiles/wa/wa.01.html Western Regional Climate Data Center, Days of Precipitation
  3. ^ "QUINAULT RS, WASHINGTON - Climate Summary". dri.edu. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Washington population by county - Census 2010: Washington - The Spokesman-Review". spokesman.com. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  5. ^ See List of U.S. states and territories by population for the most recent state population figures.
  6. ^ "US Census Bureau for Washington". Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2005-08-08.