Interesting Trivia about Washington DC

Naming: The District of Columbia was named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus.

Declaration: Washington was declared as USA’s Capital city on July 16, 1790. Columbia was a poetic name for the United States commonly used at that time.

Capital of USA: Washington was announced as the Capital city of USA on June 11, 1800, at that time, the country was ruled from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Population: Washington’s population is about 632,323 citizens as per 2012.

Demonym: The citizens of Washington are known as “Washingtonians.”

The Tri-states: Virginia and Maryland donated some part of their land to Washington, D.C. Later, the Virginian portion of the land was returned.

Motto: The motto of Washington, DC is “Justice for all” or Justitia Omnibus.

Culture of USA: Washington, DC is considered a cultural centre of the US because of its many National Historic Landmarks, museums and historic places such as the Capitol and White House.

Sister Cities: Washington, D.C. has signed as many as 12 international sister city agreements till date. Its sister cities include Bangkok (Thailand), Paris (France), Rome (Italy), Ankara (Turkey), Athens (Greece), Beijing (China), Brussels (Belgium), Pretoria (South Africa), Seoul (Korea Republic), Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana), and Sunderland (England).

Rain: DC averages 39 inches of rainfall a year—more than Seattle.

Parks: Approximately 19.4% of the city is parkland.

International Embassies and Organizations: Apart from having the rich heritage center of America, Washington hosts nearly 200 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization, which is the world’s oldest regional organization.

Green Stadium: Nationals Park is on track to be the first “green-certified” baseball stadium in the country.

Foreign Students: The city’s colleges and universities host about 20,000 international students each year.

Area: The total area of Washington, D.C. today is 68 square miles (177 sq km) – all of which formerly belonged to Maryland. The area is surrounded by Maryland on three sides and Virginia to the south.

The highest point in Washington, D.C. is Point Reno at 409 feet (125 m) and it is located in the Tenley town neighborhood.

4 parts: Washington, D.C. is divided into four quadrants: the Northwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Each quadrant radiates out from the Capitol building, interesting… isn’t it?

Climate: The climate of Washington, D.C. is considered humid subtropical. It has cold winters with average snowfall at about 14.7 inches (37 cm) and hot, humid
summers. The average January low temperature is 27.3˚F (-3˚C) while the average July high is 88˚F (31˚C).

Monuments: Washington, D.C. is home to the National Mall and museums like the Smithsonian and the National Museum of Natural History. The Washington Monument is located on the west end of the National Mall.

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