Cities & States

King County
Population: 2,045,756
Pierce County
Population: 821,952
Snohomish County
Population: 746,653
Spokane County
Population: 480,832
Clark County
Population: 444,506
Thurston County
Population: 262,723
Kitsap County
Population: 255,441
Yakima County
Population: 247,408
Whatcom County
Population: 207,100
Benton County
Population: 184,930


State of Washington Demographics

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Washington has a diverse economy. The most vulnerable industries are tourism, mining, and agriculture. Productivity improvement, policy changes and technological innovation have heavily influenced employment in software publishing, healthcare related industries and wholesale electronic markets. The occupational groups likely to experience the fastest growth rates in the future are construction and extraction, followed by computer and mathematical, legal and healthcare support occupations. (Source: Washington Employment Security Department)

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Washington for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington state has a strong civilian labor force growth rate of 1.89 percent. The labor force participation rate increased 0.1 percent, essentially holding flat a strong 63.9 percent participation rate, which is higher than the U.S. rate of 62.9 percent. The unemployment rate fell 0.8 percent to 4.6 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Washington, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

washington demographics

View more Washington demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Washington below. More employment information for the State of Washington and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; manufacturing; and professional and technical services, respectively. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)


Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
13.57% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Washington

Directory of Counties in Washington

Washington Unemployment Data
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