About Washington DC
By Published Sep 29th, 2016
Currently known as Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia is the capital of the United States. According to a study conducted in July 2015, the District of Columbia has an estimated population of 672,228. The city is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. East Coast. Since 1971 the city has developed immensely after the then President Washington appointed Peter Charles, a French-born architect and city planner to renovate the city. Broad streets and avenues were built to provide ample space and landscaping.
The District of Columbia is subdivided into four quadrants with different sizes. They include Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions. The four quadrants border the U.S. Capitol Building. According to a census report of 1st July 2015, the population in the District of Columbia increased by 11.7 percent from the year 2010 to 2015. Furthermore, the study found that the city has the best housing in the United States. Commuters from the suburbs to the city are over one million people.
Washington D.C., is confined within an area of 68.34 square miles. Of the area, 61.05 square miles is land while 7.29 square miles is large water bodies. The highest elevation is 409 feet above sea level in the upper northwest region while the lowest point is at Potomac River. Residents of Washington D.C., constitutes of 48.3 percent Black or African-American, 44.1 percent White, 4.2 percent Asian, and 0.6 percent Alaska Native. As of 2010, immigrants living in Washington D.C. were estimated to be 81,734. Over 90 percent of the residents in the Washington D.C. are insured. The city’s authority provides affordable insurance cover to low-income earners. Nonetheless, the crime rate is rampant in poorer neighborhoods, mostly concentrated in the eastern regions of the city.
The District of Columbia has a rapidly growing economy with increased professionals and establishment of businesses. Improved literacy level has a significant impact on the growth of the economy as more learning institutions are being built across the city. The Gross Domestic Product stands at $103.3 billion. The rise in the GDP is attributed to the increased industrialization in the region. The tourism industry has contributed significantly towards the growth of the economy. Washington D.C. has some of the best recreational facilities thus is a popular tourist destination. Furthermore, historic sites and museums like the National Gallery of Art, featuring works of American and European art attracts many visitors from around the world.