The heart of the Pacific Northwest, Washington has been nicknamed "The Evergreen State." The state developed out of the western portion of the Washington Territory ceded by Britain in 1846. Washington is the 18th largest state and and 13th most populous. Nearly 60 percent of the Washington state population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area. Popular homes in Washington state typically have 4 bedrooms and three full baths.
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The top cities in Washington state, according to 2014 state population estimates, are Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver. Seattle is the seat of King County and is a coastal inlet seaport city. In July of 2013, Seattle was the fastest-growing city in the United States. The city has a very hilly topography, and many of the areas are aptly named for it: Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Beacon Hill. One of the most iconic views of the state is the Seattle Skyline view from Queen Anne Hill, which captures the Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the background. Seattle is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which makes it prone to major earthquakes. Some of the major neighborhoods in the area include North Seattle (north of Lake Washington Ship Canal), Broadview, Bitter Lake, Crown Hill, and Greenwood.