Washington Federal is a bank holding company that has its headquarters based in Seattle, Washington. The company conducts its business through a federally insured national bank subsidiary. It was founded in the year 1917 and went under the name of Ballard Savings and Loan. There are a number of different locations all across the country. It is primarily housed in the Northwestern and Western parts of the United States. There are over 243 branch locations in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Utah and others. Hundreds of locations are open in these states, and they employ thousands of people at these locations.