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Nation's capital

The community was named after the president.

The latitude of Washington is 38.9N. The longitude is -77.016W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 23 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 563,384.


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Median household income
Local
$40,127
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Washington demographic reports
Washington is on the Potomac River.
Selected as the U.S. capital in 1790. Designed by Maj. Pierre-Charles L'Enfant, French engineer and architect. Burned by the British in 1814, during the War of 1812.
Public transportation: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 8,839. The number of murders and homicides was 248. The violent crime rate was 15.7 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 8 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 1 on America's Most Literate Cities list, compiled by the University of Wisconsin in 2003

Ranked No. 6 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005

In a 2006 study, AllBusiness named Washington - Arlington - Alexandria as the No. 7 best metro for women entrepreneurs.

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Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Independence Day"
· 1991 movie, "JFK"
· 2007 movie, "Breach"
· 2007 movie, "Talk to Me"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 9 in percentage black population (60%); more than 4 in 10 people lived alone in 2000, the highest ratio of any city in the country
Well-known residents have included:
· Duke Ellington, musician
· Amerie, singer
· Sandra Bullock, actress
· Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress and art collector
Local bands (past and present) have included Clovers, The Walkmen
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee
Local festivals include:
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 29-April 13, 2007
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival - June 27-July 1; July 4-8, 2007
  • Black Family Reunion - Sept. 8-9, 2007
  • DC Green Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • Cinco de Mayo Festival - May 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Washington web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Ballet, Washington National Opera
Nearby parks & recreation: Anacostia Park, Constitution Gardens, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Rock Creek Park
Washington attractions: National Zoo, U.S. Botanic Garden, National Arboretum
Sports teams: Redskins (NFL), Wizards (NBA), Capitals (NHL), Mystics (WNBA), DC United (Major League Soccer), Nationals (NL)
Historic sites and museums: Smithsonian Institution, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, City Museum
Colleges and universities: Georgetown University, Howard University, George Washington University, American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 263
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There's not a one of us who has lived for a long stretch of time in the capital, I believe, who has not experienced that awful moment of realization that a friend or acquaintance with some public responsibility is losing the gift of normal discourse. He will have begun to address us over a casual drink or at the supermarket as if he were orating at the United Nations.
-- Washington
Meg Greenfield

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Neighborhoods in Washington include 16th Street Heights, Adams Morgan, American University Park, Anacostia, Arboretum, Barnaby Woods, Barry Farm, Bellevue, Benning, Benning Ridge ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Washington include 16th Street Heights, Adams Morgan, American University Park, Anacostia, Arboretum, Barnaby Woods, Barry Farm, Bellevue, Benning, Benning Ridge ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Washington demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the DC economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Washington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 20001 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

5% of Washington residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Washington ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Washington was $28,659, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

39% of Washington residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Washington include Anacostia Historic District, Capitol Hill Historic District, Cleveland Park Historic District, Dupont Circle Historic District, Georgetown Historic District, Lafayette Square Historic District, Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, Mount Pleasant Historic District, Sheridan - Kalorama Historic District, Sixteenth Street Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Washington, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $577.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,291.


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Libraries in Washington include Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Benning Branch Library, Capitol View Branch Library, Chevy Chase Branch Library, Cleveland Park Branch Library, DAR Library, Deanwood Kiosk, Folger Shakespeare Library, Francis A. Gregory Branch Library, Georgetown Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Washington include Takoma Voice, Washington Post, Washington Times

TV stations in Washington include WBDC, WDCA, WETA, WHUT, WJLA, WRC, WTTG, WUSA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WAMU., WETA.

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Washington restaurants taking online reservations include 14 K Restaurant & Lounge, 15 ria, 1789, 21 P Restaurant, 600 Restaurant at the Watergate, 701 Restaurant, Acadiana, Agraria Restaurant, Agua Ardiente, American Sea Grill ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Washington workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 163 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Washington between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Washington, DC

Pros: The DC Metro, Union Station, the monuments, the Smithsonian, U Street, Dupont Circle, The Eastern Market on Sunday afternoons, ice skating in front of the National Archives in winter, Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center, Adams Morgan and Ellington's on 8th.

Cons: Anacostia...

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