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D.C Facts and Figures

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Washington, D.C., in the United States, is located at 38°53′42″N 77°02′11″W (the coordinates of the Zero Milestone, on the Ellipse). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a geographical area of 68.3 square miles (176.9 km2), 61.4 square miles (159.0 km2) of which is land, and the remaining 6.9 square miles (17.9 km2) (10.16%) of which is water.

Washington is surrounded by the states of Virginia (on its southwest side) and Maryland (on its southeast, northeast, and northwest sides); it interrupts those states' common border, which is the south shore of the Potomac River both upstream and downstream from the District. The portion of the Potomac River that passes Washington is virtually entirely within the District's border, as the District extends to the south bank. The city contains the historic "federal city", the territory of which was formerly part of those two adjacent states before they respectively ceded it for the national capital. The land ceded from Virginia was returned by Congress in 1847, so what remains of the modern District was all once part of Maryland.


Washington, DC attracts visitors from all over the world. weather the reason for their visit i.e vacation, or a business , there are many things to be done and various attractions to be seen. Visitors to Washington DC who are here for business could still enjoy the city either in the afternoons or evenings.

The international presence in Washington, DC is very clear. Many of the memorials, monuments and int’l organizations show their reflection, either in the architectural style or the physical existence of international people.

The tourism is the second industry in Washington, DC area after the government. Many people here benefit from tourism industry directly or indirectly. For examples: hotels, gift shops, tour companies, taxi cabs and restaurants are businesses that depend on visitors to Washington, DC area, and most of the employees who work in such businesses are local residents.

An Average of twenty million people come to Washington, DC each year. Nineteen million of them come from around the nation, and just one million from around the world. Why all these people target Washington, DC every year to come and visit? What is it in Washington to attract such number of people to visit? What are the reasons behind the concentration of many of the ethnic groups such as Chinese, Spanish, Oriental, Africans, Middle Eastern and others, almost from around the world in the nation’s capital?

The answers for the questions above can be explained and explained in many guidebooks , but still ,the best answer is YOU MUST COME TO VISIT THE MOST POWERFUL CITY IN THE WORLD.

Washington DC Population

According to census data, the population of D.C. is approximately 660,000 and is 51% black, 39% white, and 9% Hispanic.Due in part to its nature as a political hub, whereby regimes change every 4 or 8 years, D.C. is one of the most transient cities in the U.S. According to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011, only 37.3% of D.C. residents were born in D.C. The transient population is overwhelmingly professional, young, white, affluent, and highly educated. This is in stark contrast to the local African-American population, which has deep roots in the community. The sometimes uncomfortable blend of the transient professional population and permanent residents is often the source of controversy, especially as D.C. has been experiencing a wave of neighborhood rebuilding and "gentrification." Young professionals have been moving into poorer neighborhoods in search of lower rents, short commutes, and easy access to city amenities. While there is inevitably some conflict around neighborhood change, these changes have also created D.C.'s most diverse, culturally vibrant, and exciting neighborhoods—just walk up U St in Shaw or 18th St in Adams Morgan and you'll see that it's not a vain hope that the city's various cultures can come together to create something greater.

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