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With Washington voters approving legal, recreational pot and gay marriage almost certain to be declared a winner later today, Washington could be looking more like the Netherlands than any other U.S. state.

If we really are “going Dutch,” might as well brush upon some facts about about the Netherlands.   So here is a basic demographics and economic comparison:

 

 

Population

6,830,038

16,730,632

Median Age

37.3

41.5

Birth Rate

13.4 births/1,000 pop.

10.9 births/1,000 pop.

Life Expectancy

79.78 years

80.91 years

GDP $355.1 billion

 

$836.3 billion

GDP per capita

$44,294

 

$42,700

Pop. Below Poverty

12.1%

 

10.5%

Unemployment rate

8.5%

 

4.4%

Exports

$64.8 billion

$551.8 billion

Imports

$46.7 billion

$493.1 billion

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; CIA World Factbook; Washington State Office of Financial Management; The World Bank, U.S. Department of Commerce; Kaiser Family Foundation