District Of Columbia
Living in Washington, D.C.
Washington is the capital of the United States, located on the banks of the Potomac River with the state of Virginia to the west, and the state of Maryland on the east, north and south. The city, named after first president George Washington, was chosen in the late 18th century to house all three branches of the U.S. government. The D.C. (District of Columbia), named so in honor of Christopher Columbus, was established in order to keep the capital from being part of any one state. Today the city continues to be the political center for the United States, and is also home to other national and international institutions such as the World Bank. Washington, D.C. is visited by many tourists who flock to the city to see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, various war and military memorials, and the Library of Congress and National Archives, which houses the original documents Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Washington D.C. is also well known for its many museums—the Smithsonian being the most famous world-wide.
As a place of commerce, Washington D.C. is a city with an expanding economy that has grown to include professional and service based industries along with its federal government opportunities. It is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies including Fannie Mae and Washington Post, and several Fortune 500 companies, including Capital One Financial and Sprint Nextel. The city’s top three employers are George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the Washington Hospital Center.
Due to its growing economy, variety of attractions, and world-renowned status as the political center of the United States, Washington D.C. is a great place to live. When looking for real estate in Washington D.C., you may notice that the skyline is a little different than most American cities. Unlike cities such as Chicago and New York, the skyline of Washington D.C. is not defined by skyscrapers. This is because Congress passed an act in 1910 that restricts the height of buildings in order to prevent the crowding of federal monuments by commercial developments. Because of this, Washington D.C. offers a whole different atmosphere, with more attention to natural beauty, such as expansive green lawns even in the downtown area.
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