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Washington, D.C.

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Abbreviation DC
Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Capital It is the capital: of the United States.
Population 599,657
Source: 2009 population estimate for the District of Columbia – American FactFinder – U.S. Census Bureau
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (to January 2015) (D).
Entered the Union February 21, 1871 (as a municipal corporation)
Motto Justitia omnibus (Justice to all)
Flower American Beauty rose
Bird Wood Thrush
Professional Sports Teams Washington Nationals (Baseball); Washington Wizards (Basketball); Washington Redskins (Football); Washington Capitals (Hockey); D.C. United (Soccer); Washington Mystics (Women’s Basketball). Note: The Washington Redskins football team’s home stadium is in Landover, Maryland.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name The district is named after Christopher Columbus
Historical Sites
Points of Interest
Numerous sites associated with the history of the United States, including the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials; the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum; the National Archives
Bordering States Washington D.C. borders Virginia and Maryland.
Flag Washington D.C.'s flag

Follow these links to read articles about Washington, D.C. from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official City Links

Other City Links

  • Things To Do in Washington, DC
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Washington DC’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the city’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: District of Columbia Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in the District of Columbia.
  • Washington, DC List of Sites
    This site offers dozens of online links to national historic sites in the city, grouped into five areas: Georgetown/NW, Dupont Circle/Embassy Row, Downtown, the National Mall, and capital Hill/Anacostia.
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
    In addition to learning basic information about this famous historic site, online visitors can even take a virtual mansion tour.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Washington D.C.
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Washington D.C.
  • Washington D.C.’s official tree is the Scarlet oak.
  • The District of Columbia is is divided into four quadrants–Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast–and the U.S. Capitol Building marks the spot where all four meet.
  • Washington D.C. was the first carefully planned capital in the world.
  • The capital of the U.S. was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington on Dec. 1, 1800.
  • In 1978, a proposed constitutional amendment to give the District of Columbia voting representation in the U.S. Congress was passed by Congress; the proposal died in 1985, having failed to get the needed 28 states to approve it.

Some Famous People from this City

  • Billie Burke, comedienne and actress best known for playing Glenda the good witch in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Duke Ellington, jazz musician.
  • Goldie Hawn, television and movie actress whose credits include Laugh In and The First Wives Club.
  • J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the F.B.I.
  • John Philip Sousa, composer known for his compositions for marching bands.