Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America and is a federal district rather than a city–an easily remembered capital fact given that the acronym D.C. stands for District of Columbia.
Capital Facts for Washington, D.C.: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: White House, Washington monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian museum and research complex
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Washington D.C.
- Goldie Hawn, actress & producer (born Nov. 21, 1945)
- Dave Chappelle, comedian (born Aug. 24, 1973)
- Samuel L. Jackson, actor & producer (born Dec. 21, 1948)
- Al Gore, environmentalist & former U.S. Vice-President (born Mar. 31, 1948)
- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive (born Aug. 28, 1969)
- Marvin Gaye, singer-songwriter & producer (born Apr. 2, 1939)
- Patch Adams, physician & comedian (born May. 28, 1945)
- Pete Sampras, tennis great (born Oct. 12, 1971)
- Kevin Durant, basketball player (born Sep. 29, 1988)
- Winky Wright, boxer (born Nov. 26, 1971)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Washington, D.C. resident: Washingtonian
Population: 672,228 (Washington, D.C.)
Density: 11,011 people per square mile (4,251 per square kilometer)
Population: 6,097,684 (Washington, D.C. metropolitan area)
Density: 1,096 people per square mile (423 per square kilometer)
Population: 323,995,528 (United States)
Density: 92 people per square mile (35 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$442.2 billion in 2014 (Washington, D.C. metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $73,017
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Washington, D.C.: U.S. dollars
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The Washington metropolitan area placed tenth among America’s 388 metropolitan statistical areas ranked by exports in 2015. According to Brookings Institution data, Washington metropolitan’s real exports totaled US$27.5 billion. However, the value of Washington metropolitan’s exports accounts for only 6.06% of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) among the bottom quarter of metropolitan statistical areas.
Brookings Institution estimates that exports from the Washington metropolitan support a total 217,607 jobs.
United States is the world’s number two top exporters in 2015, shipping US$1.5 trillion worth of goods around the globe. America’s highest-value export is processed petroleum oils, vehicles, automotive parts and accessories, phone system devices including smartphones, electronic integrated circuits, medical or technical equipment, computers, medicines, gold, soya beans and diamonds according to the International Trade Centre.
The capital district of Washington, D.C. is relatively small, serving as home to 672,228 residents living within 61.05 square miles (158.1 square kilometers). During the work week, however, more than one million people are typically present in the capital district bolstered by commuters from surrounding communities.
The Washington metropolitan area extends beyond Washington, D.C. to include parts of American states Maryland and Virginia plus a small sliver of West Virginia. About 6.1 million people live in the Washington metropolitan area which expands over 5,564.6 square miles (14,412.3 square kilometers).
At the country level, America’s land area covers 3,531,904 square miles (9,147,593 square kilometers). The national population count was 324 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
United States won its independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Americans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each July 4.
Population density is much higher within the U.S. capital district with an average 11,000 Washingtonians per square mile (4,300 per square kilometer).
The density metric significantly drops to an average 1,100 people per square mile (400 per square kilometer) for the more expansive Washington metropolitan area.
For United States overall, population density drops to an average 92 inhabitants per square mile (35 per square kilometer).