Washington, D.C.

                                                  The capital of the United States


Where is Washington, D.C. located?


Washington, D.C. is it's own district that is located between Virginia and Maryland on the bank of the Potomac River. It does not lie within a state.  Its latitude and longitude is 38º 89' N, 77º 03' W.


Washington, D.C. is smaller in area than any state in the USA. It has an area of 68.25 square miles. The population in 2013 was 646,449. Washington is known for its hot, humid summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and mild winters with seasonal snowfall averaging just over 17 inches. Washington, D.C. has many important attractions including, The White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, and many other government buildings. Also, there are several memorials and museums. The name Washington came from honoring the first president of the United States, George Washington. The district is named after Christopher Columbus.

Human-Environment Interaction

The Potomac River is used as a water supply for the Washington area. An average of approximately 486 million gallons are taken out of the river for drinking water every day for the D.C. are. Over 5 million people in the Potomac watershed get their drinking water from the Potomac River or one of its tributaries.



The most convenient and easy way to get around Washington, D.C. is riding the Metrobus or Metrorail. Many hotels are located near Metro stations or bus routes. Walking is very popular in Washington, D.C. too. Many people do not have their own car, so they rely on walking or taxis. When I visited Washington D.C., the first thing I noticed was many people were walking around and there were several taxis driving. It is hard to find parking in Washington, so using the alternate transportation is the best choice.



The Washington metropolitan area is the metropolitan area centered on the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. Also, the area is sometimes referred to as the National Capital Region.


Comment Stream

3 years ago

I remember you saying the fireworks on the 4th were amazing. Did you get any pictures of them? I've always wanted to visit Washington D.C. Most people think that's what I mean when I say I'm from Washington, so I always have to tell them that I'm from the other Washington (And no, no Washington, GA:).