Gay Guide

Washington
Pink Star Rating

6

Capital

Olympia

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma

Gay Age of Consent

16/18

Lesbian Age of Consent

16/18

Straight Age of Consent

16/18

Legal Notes

Sodomy laws were repealed in Washington through legislative action in 1976.

Population

5.89 million

Climate

Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains receives significantly less rainfall than that west of the mountains, 300mm is the annual average. Temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months, because it is landlocked. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington. Western Washington is temperate, due to the the effects of the sea which is a moderating force, making extreme temperatures rare. The area receives large amounts of rainfall from Pacific storms and some snow during winter months. The mountains of Washington receive large amounts of water-laden snow from October to May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year.

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