Washington, DC is unique among America’s major cities because it was created by the US Constitution to serve as the nation’s capital on July 16,1790. Since its beginning, Washington, DC been enmeshed in political maneuvering, national identity and power.
George Washington, our first president and namesake of the city, selected the site with land donated by Maryland and Virginia to serve as the nation’s capital. Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed the new capital with sweeping boulevards and ceremonial spaces reminiscent of his native Paris.
Washington, DC has a variety of neighborhoods that range from bustling urban communities to family-friendly communities. There are abundant entertainment and recreational options from visiting the many museums along the National Mall, dining at first-rate restaurants, going to a Washington Nationals game, to enjoying the springtime cherry blossoms.
Besides being the capital of the United States with the federal government and tourism dominating the culture, Washington, DC is more than just a government town. It attracts the highly educated to work at distinguished universities, high-tech and biotech companies, national and international non-profit organizations and law firms. The District of Columbia has a population of more than 650,000. However, with the surrounding suburbs the metropolitan area has a population of approximately 5.3 million making it the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the country.
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