Washington DC City Guide


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Washington DC City Profile

Washington, DC is the capital of the United States and is located in the state of Maryland. DC stands for the "District of Columbia," the federal district containing the city of Washington. The District of Columbia, founded in 1790, is a federal district as termed so by the United States Constitution. The US Congress has ultimate authority over the district.

All three branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) of the U.S. Federal government are located in Washington DC, as well as are the headquarters of most federal agencies, such as the FBI, CIA, and the FTC.

The city's tourism is based around the historic landmarks and the attractions related to the US federal government, including the White House, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and several war memorials. Another world-known attraction that brings tourism to the city is the Smithsonian Institution, which is a collection of over ten museums and galleries. Hotels and restaurants around the greater DC area cater to tourists as well as business related to the Federal government.

Washington DC Facts at a Glance:

  • The greater Washington DC metropolitan area contains about 4.7 million residents.
  • Washington DC is home to many colleges and universities, including American University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.
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