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Profile of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

An Overview of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

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Washington, DC is the capital of the United States with the federal government and tourism dominating the culture. Many people think that everyone in Washington, DC is a lobbyist or a bureaucrat. While lawyers and politicians come here to work on Capitol Hill, Washington is more than just a government town. Washington, DC attracts the highly educated to work at recognized colleges, high-tech and bio-tech companies, national and international non-profit associations, and corporate law firms. Since the nation’s capital is a big tourist attraction, hospitality and entertainment are big business here as well.

Washington is a nice place to live with lovely Neoclassical buildings, world-class museums, first-rate restaurants and performing arts venues, elegant homes, vibrant neighborhoods and plenty of green space. The close proximity to the Potomac River and Rock Creek Park offer easy access to recreational activities within the city limits.

The Washington, DC capital region includes the suburbs of Maryland and Northern Virginia. The region has a diverse population with people settling here from all over the world. Residents have high education levels and high incomes and the area has a higher cost of living than most cities in the United States. The region also has the largest economic gap in America, causing economic class to be a source of social and political tension more than differences in race or ethnic background.

See also, the Pros and Cons to Living in the Washington, DC Area

For information about the specific demographics of the region see Census Information.

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