The state of Washington, located in the far northwest corner of the United States, is home to nearly 7 million people. Over half of those people live in the Seattle metropolitan area. Washington has seen a recent significant influx of mostly educated foreign-born residents, primarily of Hispanic, Latin, and Asian descent, adding to its populace. When it comes to the issues of poverty, there are significant Washington programs and legislation geared toward both lowering the poverty level in the state and improving the overall quality of life for its residents. The state has a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage, while the city of Seattle itself has established an even higher minimum wage than that in order to come closer to the standard ...

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