Washington D.C is the capital of the United State. Washington had an estimated population of 681,170 as of July 2016. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city’s population to more than one million during the workweek.
On July 9, 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which approved the creation of a national capital on the Potomac River. The exact location was to be selected by President George Washington, who signed the bill into law on July 16. Formed from land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia, the initial shape of the federal district was square measuring (10 miles/16 km) on each side, totaling (100 square miles/259 km). In the 1830s, the District’s southern territory of Alexandria went into economic decline partly due to neglect by Congress. The city of Alexandria was a major market in the American slave trade, and pro-slavery residents feared that abolitionists in Congress would end slavery in the District.
Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs. The gross state product of the District in 2010 was $103.3 billion, which would rank it No. 34 compared to the 50 states. The gross product of the Washington Metropolitan Area was $435 billion in 2014, making it the sixth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States. Between 2009 and 2016, GDP per capita in Washington, D.C has consistently ranked on the very top among US states. In 2016, at $160,472, its GDP per capita is almost three times as high as that of Massachusetts, which ranked second place in the country. As of June 2011, the Washington Metropolitan Area had an unemployment rate of 6.2%; the second-lowest rate among the 49 largest metro areas in the nation.
Places to visit
The Old Post Office Tower at the Trump International Hotel Washington DC in the East End is the best view in the city.
The National Mall is a national park in downtown Washington D.C. The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior administers the National Mall, which is part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit.
The United States Capitol, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Things to do
Washington D.C. has a bustling live music scene, most of which takes place at small and medium sized bars and clubs.
There are also multiple options for seeing top-notch performances of Shakespeare’s works the Shakespeare Theatre Company performs at both the Lansburgh Theatre and Harman Hall in the East End.