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Overview of Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. “D.C” is actually a short form for the District of Columbia. The city was named after military leader of the American Revolution and the first President of the United States, George Washington. Columbia is an early poetic form for the United States. Washington D.C serves head offices for the Word Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other national and international institutions such as labor unions and professional associates. Washington is the common location for political demonstrations and protests. The city is a popular destination for tourists to tour popular monuments and national landmarks. Washington is a major American culture center, with a huge amount of important museums, galleries, universities, cathedrals, performing arts centers and institution, and native music scenes.

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  • Population: 581,530
  • Population Density: 9,015/mi²
  • Area: 68.3 /mi²
  • Latitude: 38.89
  • Longitude: -77.03
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 0–125 m
  • Time Zone: EST
  • Language: English
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History of Washington, District of Columbia

Washington D.C. was found on July 16, 1790.The actual land forming the District came from the state of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia. On September 11, 2001, Flight 77 a Boeing 757 was hijacked and intentionally crashed into the Pentagon, causing a partial collapse of one side of the building. The city has experienced marvellous growth the areas of Massachusetts Avenue, the Southwest Waterfront, the Shaw/U Street Corridor and H street, with thousand of condos, apartments and retail shops opening.

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Washington's Demographics

As of 2000, there were 572,059 people, 248,338 households, and 114,235 families living in Washington. Population density was 9,316.4 per square mile. The medium income for a household was $40,127 and the medium income for a family was $46,283. Washington D.C is the 9th wealthiest city in the country based on a medium income

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Washington's Climate

Washington D.C had four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be hot and humid with daily high temperature in July and August averaging in the high 80's to low 90's. Thunderstorms are very common in the summer because of the heat and humidity. Spring and fall are easy going with higher temperatures in April and October averaging in the high 60's to low 70's. Winter brings cool temperatures as well as irregular snowfall. The average snowfall is 15 inches. Spring is commonly the most likable time of the year, with low humidity, mild temperatures and blooming foliage.

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Education in Washington, District of Columbia

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Transportation around Washington, District of Columbia

The north-south streets are mostly named with numbers and the east-west streets with letters. Street addresses are identified by their location in one of the four quadrants of the city, centered on the Capitol building: Northeast (NE), Northwest (NW), Southeast (SE) and Southwest (SW). Washington area is served by the Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a transportation system which operates the regions subway system, which is the second, busies right after New York's subway. The major highway running through the area is the Capital Beltway. Washington D.C has three major airports. One in Maryland and two in Virginia. General aviation is additionally available at several smaller airfields.

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Tourism and Attractions of Washington

Washington DC is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States with many great attractions. The National Mall is an open park area that features many monuments to American leaders, and it is also connected with the White House and the United States Capitol buildings. The famous Smithsonian Institution is located in the District. Today it is the collection of free museums that include the Anacostia Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery and National Zoo. The Library of Congress and the National Archives cover every period in the American history. Other points of interest in the District include Arena Stage, Chinatown, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Blair House, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Folger Shakespeare Library, Ford's Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, International Spy Museum, National Building Museum, National Geographic Society, the Awakening at Hains Point, Old Post Office Building, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Franciscan Monastery, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Washington National Cathedral.

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Geography of Washington, District of Columbia

Washington D.C. has a total area of 68.3 square miles. The city is surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia. The District has three major natural flowing streams: the Potomac River, the Anacostia River and Rock Creek. The highest point in the District of Columbia is 410 feet (125 m) above sea level at Tenleytown. The lowest point is sea level, which occurs next to all of the Anacostia shore and all of the Potomac shore except the uppermost portion Geographical features of Washington, D.C. include Theodore Roosevelt Island, Columbia Island, the Three Sisters Islands and Hains Point.

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Washington's Government

Washington is governed by Adrian Fenty, who is the current mayor as well as a district council composed of 13members. The council conducts its work through committees. Washington residents pay federal taxes such as income tax, as well as local taxes. The council and the mayor adopt a budget of local money, and are in charge of any changes. The city has high expenses such as police overtime and street cleaning after frequents parades and festivals.

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Washington's Economy and Industry

Washington has a growing economy that is also diversifying with a decreasing percentage of federal government jobs over the current and next decade and an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs over the same period. Washington D.C. is the leading city for global real estate investments. The gross state product of the city in 2006 was $87.664 billions ranking #35. Washington was also ranked the top ten metropolitan areas in the nation for climate favorable to business expansion. In terms of commercial office space Washington in ranked third right behind New York City, and Chicago. Of non-government employers, Washington, D.C.'s major universities and hospitals are among the top employers with the George Washington University, Georgetown University and Washington Hospital Center as the top three. Howard University and Fannie Mae round out the top five employers in Washington, D.C.

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Washington's Culture and Significant Events

The culture of Washington DC is influenced by the presence of the Federal Government, which has been instrumental in developing numerous cultural institutions throughout the city. Washington celebrates the Emancipation Day which is held yearly from 1866 to 1901 and was resumed as a traditional an historic celebration in 2002.

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Sports in Washington, District of Columbia

Professional and semi-professional teams in D.C. include the USAFL, Baltimors Washington Eagles, the NWFA D.C. Divas, the Minor League Football D.C. Explosion, the Washington RFC rugby union team of the Rugby Super League, as well as a host of others playing in the Potomac Rugby Union and the Washington Cricket League. The city's soccer team is the most successful franchise in MLS history. Marine Corps Marathon and the National Marathon are hosted in the city.

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Media of Washington

The Washington Post is the oldest and most read daily newspaper in Washington D.C. Newspapers such as Washington Blade and Metro Weekly focus on gay issues. The metro area is the ninth largest designed market area in the U.S. It is served by several local broadcast television stations. Quite a few cable television networks have their headquarters in the Washington area. These include C-SPAN, Black Entertainment Television, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Communications. There are several major radio stations serving the metro area as well.

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