Washington's military might
Western Washington's surrounding beauty and fascination
with coffee and things high tech belies the fact the area is
also home to one of America's heaviest military
concentrations. The mix of air, land and sea forces here makes
Washington a critical component of the nation's defense. It
also means steady jobs, injecting $6 billion in payroll and
contracts into the state economy last year. The military
employs 83,000 active-duty and civilian personnel, more than
Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser. Only state government
employs more. Chris Johnson, an economist with Washington
Employment Security Department, estimates the military's
presence indirectly creates another 83,000 civilian jobs in
service and other industries.
For information on the state's military installations,
click the numbers on the map.
Sources: U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S.
Army, U.S. Coast Guard
by CHRISTINE CLARRIDGE, RAY RIVERA AND VINCE KUETER / THE
Graphics by MARK NOWLIN AND WHITNEY STENSRUD / THE SEATTLE