Washington, District of Columbia

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  • District of Columbia was created July 9, 1790.
  • Congress first met in Washington November 17, 1800
  • Established by decree: 1790
  • Name Origin: Named for George Washington (1732-1799), first president of the United States

Washington, DC is the capital city of the United States. According to the US Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress, and not a part of any US state. It occupies 68.3 square miles of land that was originally ceded by the state of Maryland as the site for a national capital.

The resident population jumps to a million during the workweek as commuters come in from the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia to work. The centers of all three branches of the federal government are here – the Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. There are 176 foreign embassies here, as well as headquarters of international organizations, trade unions, non-profits, and lobbying groups.

Over 19 million visitors come every year too. It would take a long time to visit all the museums in this city – there are 19 within the Smithsonian alone. The architecture, park spaces, and memorials scattered around the city are stunning.

Planning and construction of the beautiful US capitol began in 1793 and Congress first met there in 1800. The capitol was burned by British troops in the War of 1812, but was not completely destroyed. It was essentially completed in 1863, but restorations, additions, and modernizations continue to this day.

Things To Love About Washington

The excitement, the vibrancy, POTUS zipping by in a black limo caravan; Lincoln sitting placidly on a marble chair. Kennedy Center and the arts; memorials honoring everything we stand for. A place to gather and state your case, or kick back for an outdoor summer concert by the Marine Corps band. The patriotism, the diversity; cuisine from every corner of the world, and down home too.

Blogs To Read About Washington

The Soup Bowl http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?cat=1742

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 601,723
  • Population density: 9,857 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 61.05 square miles
  • Elevation: The highest point in the District is in Fort Reno Park in northwest Washington at 409 feet.
  • Normal high/low temps: January 43/29, July 88/71. Annual rainfall: 40 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Potomac River
  • Mountains near: Appalachian Mountains
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Annapolis, MD 34; Dover, DE 97; Richmond, VA 107

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 601,723           Population
  • 16.8%              Under 18
  • 11.4%               Over 65
  • 3.5%                Asian
  • 50.7%              Black
  • 9.1%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.3%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 34.8%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 14.51%             English Not Spoken at Home
  • 87.1%               High School Graduate
  • 50.5%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 18.2%               Below Poverty Level
  • $49,993           Per Capita Income
  • $61,835           Median Household Income
  • $442,600        Median Value of Home
  • 42.8%              Home Ownership

City: http://dc.gov/

Visitors: http://washington.org/