23 Facts About Pacific Northwest


Pacific Northwest is a geographic region in western North America bounded by its coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west and, loosely, by the Rocky Mountains to the east.

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Culture of the Pacific Northwest is influenced by the Canada–United States border, which the United States and the United Kingdom established at a time when the region's inhabitants were composed mostly of indigenous peoples.

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Sometimes, the Pacific Northwest is defined as being the Northwestern United States specifically, excluding Canada.

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Pacific Northwest has been occupied by a diverse array of indigenous peoples for millennia.

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The Pacific Northwest Coast is seen by some scholars as a major coastal migration route in the settlement of the Americas by late Pleistocene peoples moving from northeast Asia into the Americas.

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The Pacific Northwest Coast is one of the few places where politically complex hunter-gatherers evolved and survived to historic contacts, and therefore has been vital for anthropologists and archaeologists seeking to understand how complex hunter and gatherer societies function.

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Pacific Northwest is still highly geologically active, with both active volcanoes and geologic faults.

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Pacific Northwest is a diverse geographic region, dominated by several mountain ranges, including the Coast Mountains, the Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains, the Columbia Mountains, and the Rocky Mountains.

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The highest peak in the Pacific Northwest is Mount Rainier, in the Washington Cascades, at 14, 410 feet.

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Many areas have plentiful rainfall and mild summers, the Pacific Northwest has some of North America's most lush and extensive forests, which are extensively populated with Coast Douglas fir trees, the second tallest growing evergreen conifer on earth.

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The coastline of the Pacific Northwest is dotted by numerous fjords, bays, islands, and mountains.

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Pacific Northwest contains an uncountable number of islands, many of the smaller ones being unnamed.

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Main general climatic types of the Pacific Northwest are temperate oceanic, where cool temperatures and frequent cloudy skies are typical: both moderate and four seasons, but mountainous and arid high desert climates occupy the sparsely populated areas east of the Cascades.

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Overwhelming majority of the population of the Pacific Northwest is concentrated in the Portland–Seattle–Vancouver corridor.

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For example, all cities within the portion of California which are sometimes included some definitions of the "Pacific Northwest" have populations less than 100, 000, with that portion of the state containing millions of acres of national forests and parks.

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Pacific Northwest has the lowest rate of church attendance in the United States and consistently reports the highest percentage of atheism; this is most pronounced on the part of the region west of the Cascades.

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Political conservatives in the Pacific Northwest tend to identify more strongly with free-market libertarian values than they do with more religious social conservatives.

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Religious sees that are based in the Pacific Northwest include the Roman Catholic ecclesiastical provinces of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, Province 8 of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, the Anglican Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon, and the suffragan dioceses that make up those provinces.

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Not only were women's suffrage movements prominent in the Pacific Northwest, but there was a fight for women to keep their jobs after men returned from war in World War I A group titled the Washington State Women's Council fought for women's policies, this group worked towards the states' equal rights amendment, and fought for women's property rights in marriage during the 1972 legislative session.

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Conservatism in the eastern part of the Pacific Northwest tends to be distrustful of federal government interference in the market.

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Foods typical of the Pacific Northwest include wild salmon, halibut, shellfish, huckleberries, marionberries, a wide variety of Asian cuisines, and locally produced fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.

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Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and Greek cuisines are prevalent throughout the Pacific Northwest, and reflect the historically strong presence of those communities in the restaurant industry there.

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Only NASCAR track in the Pacific Northwest region is Evergreen Speedway, the largest short track west of the Mississippi River and has hosted many of the marquee drivers of NASCAR.

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