Washington DC (D.C. stands for District of Columbia) was established on February 21, 1871 as the national capital of the United States.
Washington DC ranks 51st in size* with 61.4 sq. miles of land, and Washington is the largest city.
Washington DC also ranks 50th in population* with 572,059 residents (2000 est.), and None is the state capital.
The official bird of Washington DC is the Woodthrush, and the official flower is the American Beauty Rose.
*Washington DC statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
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