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Southwest Washington
Country United States
State Washington
Part of Western Washington
Borders on Puget Sound region, Western Oregon, Pacific Ocean, Cascade Range/Eastern Washington
Rivers Columbia River, Chehalis River, South Puget Sound watershed (numerous)
Coordinates 46°30′N 122°45′W / 46.5°N 122.75°W / 46.5; -122.75

Southwest Washington is a geographical area of the State of Washington, comprising roughly half of Western Washington. It generally includes the Olympia area south to Vancouver at the Oregon-Washington state line. Olympia has been a transshipment center for Southwest Washington since its settlement in the mid 19th century.


Cities and towns in Southwest Washington include:

Cultural events and institutions

The Southwest Washington Fair is held annually in Chehalis, Washington.

The Southwest Washington State College Committee study of the late 1960s eventually resulted in the establishment of The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver is the region's largest medical center.

In the early 20th century, the region was home to a Class-D Minor league baseball league known as the Southwest Washington League.

The Sou'wester is the magazine of the Pacific County Historical Society.

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