The District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), abbreviated as DC, has a population of 550,521 according to the 2005 census. It covers 68.25 square miles, making it the smaller than Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US. Washington, D.C. is located in the eastern portion of the United States with neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland. Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. The White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, as well as many other government buildings are located here. Not surprisingly, the main industry in D.C. is government. The two major rivers in Washington, D.C., are the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
The name District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. was chosen to honor two notable figures in American history. The name Washington was in reference to the first president of the United States, George Washington. The name Columbia was selected to pay tribute to Christopher Columbus.
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