22 Facts About Washington DC


The city was named for George Washington DC, a Founding Father and the first president of the United States, and the federal district is named after Columbia, a female personification of the nation.

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The City of Washington DC was founded in 1791 to serve as the national capital, and Congress held its first session there in 1800.

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Washington DC is home to many national monuments and museums, primarily situated on or around the National Mall.

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In 1975, Walter Washington DC became the first elected and first black mayor of the district.

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In 1791, President Washington DC commissioned Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French-born architect and city planner, to design the new capital.

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Washington DC enlisted Scottish surveyor Alexander Ralston to help lay out the city plan.

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Washington DC based his design on plans of cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, and Milan that Thomas Jefferson had sent to him.

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City of Washington DC was bordered by Boundary Street to the north, Rock Creek to the west, and the Anacostia River to the east.

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Washington DC was the 24th most populous place in the United States as of 2010.

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Washington DC has had a significant African American population since the city's foundation.

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The Washington D C Temple is a large Mormon temple located just outside the city in Kensington, Maryland.

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Washington DC was once described as the "murder capital" of the United States during the early 1990s.

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Between 2009 and 2016, GDP per capita in Washington has consistently ranked on the very top among U S states.

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The large amount of government employment in the region is thought to immunize Washington DC from suffering the consequences of national economic downturns, since the federal government continues operations during economic recessions.

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Washington DC region has one of the country's largest private sectors.

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City and wider Washington DC region has a diverse array of attractions for tourists, such as monuments, memorials, museums, sports events, and trails.

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Washington DC is one of 13 cities in the United States with teams from all four major professional men's sports and is home to one major professional women's team.

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The Washington DC Commanders plays at FedExField in nearby Landover, Maryland.

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Washington DC is home to two major annual marathon races: the Marine Corps Marathon, which is held every autumn, and the Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon held in the spring.

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The Washington DC Post, founded in 1877, is the oldest and most-read local daily newspaper in Washington DC.

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The interstate highways that continue into Washington DC, including I-66 and I-395, both terminate shortly after entering the city.

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Washington DC Gas is the city's natural gas utility and serves more than a million customers in the district and its suburbs.

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