is the capital city of the United States of America (USA).
"D.C." stands for the "District of Columbia" which is the federal
district containing the city of Washington.
The city is named for George Washington, military leader of the American
Revolution and the first President of the United States.
The District of Columbia and the city of Washington are coextensive and are
governed by a single municipal government, so for most practical purposes they
are considered to be the same entity. It is known locally as the District or
simply D.C. Historically, it was called the Federal City.
The District of Columbia, founded on July 16, 1790, is a federal district as
specified by the United States Constitution with limited local rule. The
District is ruled "in all cases whatsoever" by the U.S. Congress, while being
unrepresented in that body.
The land forming the original District came from the states of Virginia and
Maryland. However, the area south of the Potomac River (39 sq miles or about 100
km²) was "retroceded", to Virginia in 1847 and now is incorporated into
Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.
The term "District of Columbia" uses an old poetic name for the United
States, Columbia, which has otherwise fallen out of common use since the early
The US postal abbreviation is
The population of the District of Columbia, as of 2003 U.S. Census Bureau
estimates, is 563,384. The Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
includes the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West
Virginia, with a population surpassing 4.7 million.
The centers of all three branches of the U.S. federal government are in
Washington, D.C., as well as the headquarters of most federal agencies.
Washington also serves as the headquarters for the World Bank, the
International Monetary Fund, and the Organization of American States.
Population of DC
Time in DC
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Time Zone: America New York (USA Eastern Time)
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