Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. It was established in 1790 when the states of Maryland and Virginia seceded land to set up the capital district. Each of the 50 states has its own capital city. Washington has been the capital city since 1800. It is located on the shores of the Potomac River on the eastern side of the country. It included the already existing towns of Georgetown and Alexandria. Washington was named after the first President of the Union, George Washington. The city acts as the capital and the home of the U.S federal government. It houses the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary.
As of 2016, Washington, D.C. had a population of 682,000. During the day, the population was estimated to rise to above a million as residents of the neighboring states stream into the city to work. The Washington metropolitan area has a population of 6.1 million people. Its density is 11,158/sq mi. This makes it the 21st most populous city in the country.
Washington, D.C. is a popular tourist attraction. The white house which is the president’s official residence and the workplace is visited by millions of tourists each year. Other major tourist attractions sites include the Lincoln Memorial and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Capitol Hill, which houses the Congress, attracts tourists seeking to see and know where laws are passed. The Library of Congress, which is the largest library in the world, was founded in 1800 and houses about 158 million items including approximately 36 million books and 69 million manuscripts. The library is open to the public and visitors.
Washington D.C. experiences a humid subtropical climate. The summers are hot and humid while winters are chilly with moderate snowfall. During the winter, the temperature can drop to 3.3 degrees Celsius while during the summer the temperature rises to 26.6 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorms are common during the summer due to high levels of heat and humidity.
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