Washington, District of Columbia, commonly referred to as D.C., is the capital city of the United States of America. Home to all three branches of the federal government and notable attractions like the White House, the National Mall, and the Capitol Building, D.C. is bordered by Maryland and Virginia and located on the north bank of the Potomac River. Washington D.C. was founded in 1790 and named after George Washington. Today, the city is a cosmopolitan and political hub, a popular tourist destination (over 20 million each year), and an international metropolis with over 680,000 residents.
Known as a center of arts and culture with striking and varied architecture, Washington D.C. has much to offer both its residents and visitors. Besides its iconic buildings and architectural structures like the Washington National Cathedral, the Lincoln Memorial, and the United States Capitol, D.C. provides unparalleled museums and galleries (particularly the Smithsonian museums) and art institutions, such as The John F. Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Theatre.
The District of Columbia is an ethnically diverse area with an economy that is dominated by the services sector, in particular, federal civil service jobs. In terms of education, seven higher education institutions like Georgetown University and Howard University exist in D.C. with additional options in the broader DMV area. Thanks to its convenient location, strong public transportation system, and wealth of unique neighborhoods, D.C. is a favored place to live. Sources: Brittanica, History