Outline of Washington, D.C.

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to District of Columbia:

Washington, D.C., legally named the District of Columbia, in the United States of America, was founded on July 16, 1790, after the inauguration of City of Washington, the new capital of the country. The area given to District of Columbia, was originally 100 square miles (259 km2) ceded by the states of Maryland and Virginia in accordance with the Residence Act; however, in 1846, the retrocession of the District of Columbia, meant that the area of 31 square miles (80 km2) which was ceded by Virginia was returned,[1] leaving 69 square miles (179 km2) of territory originally ceded by Maryland as the current area of the District in its entirety.[2]

The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the Territory of Columbia until the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 effectively merged the City and the Territory into a single entity. It is for this reason that everything within its boundaries is legally the District of Columbia.

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable map of the United States District of Columbia

Geography of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Geographic features of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Places in Washington, D.C.[edit]

Environment of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Subdivisions of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Quadrants of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.[edit]

The District of Columbia is divided into eight wards and 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) within these wards.

Ward 1[edit]

Adams Morgan  • Columbia Heights  • Kalorama  • LeDroit Park  • Mount Pleasant  • Park View  • Pleasant Plains  • Shaw 

Ward 2[edit]

Burleith  • Downtown  • Dupont Circle  • Foggy Bottom  • Georgetown  • Sheridan Kalorama  • Logan Circle  • Mount Vernon Square  • Shaw  • West End 

Ward 3[edit]

American University Park  • Berkley  • Cathedral Heights  • Chevy Chase  • Cleveland Park  • Colony Hill  • Forest Hills  • Foxhall  • Friendship Heights  • Glover Park  • Kent  • Massachusetts Heights  • McLean Gardens  • North Cleveland Park  • Observatory Circle  • The Palisades  • Potomac Heights  • Spring Valley  • Tenleytown  • Wakefield  • Wesley Heights  • Woodland-Normanstone Terrace  • Woodley Park  (Part of the neighborhood is also in Ward 1)

Ward 4[edit]
DC neighborhoods map

Barnaby Woods  • Brightwood  • Brightwood Park  • Chevy Chase  (Part of the neighborhood is also in Ward 3) • Colonial Village  • Crestwood  • Fort Totten  • Hawthorne  • Manor Park  • Petworth  • Riggs Park  • Lamond-Riggs  • Shepherd Park  • Sixteenth Street Heights  • Takoma 

Ward 5[edit]

Arboretum  • Bloomingdale  • Brentwood  • Brookland  • Carver Langston  • Eckington  • Edgewood  • Fort Lincoln  • Fort Totten  (Part of the neighborhood is also in Ward 4) • Gateway  • Ivy City  • Riggs Park  (Part of the neighborhood is also in Ward 4) • Langdon  • Michigan Park  • North Michigan Park  • Pleasant Hill  • Stronghold/Metropolis View  • Trinidad  • Truxton Circle  • Woodridge 

Ward 6[edit]

Barney Circle  • Capitol Hill  • Chinatown  • Judiciary Square  • Kingman Park  • Navy Yard/Near Southeast  • Near Northeast  • Penn Quarter  • NoMa, Washington, D.C.  • Southwest Federal Center  • Southwest Waterfront  • Sursum Corda  • Swampoodle  • Union Station 

Ward 7[edit]

Benning Heights  • Benning Ridge  • Benning  • Burrville  • Capitol View  • Civic Betterment  • Deanwood  • Dupont Park  • Eastland Gardens  • Fairfax Village  • Fairlawn  • Fort Davis  • Fort Dupont  • Good Hope  • Grant Park  • Greenway  • Hillbrook  • Hillcrest  • Kenilworth  • Kingman Park  • Lincoln Heights  • Mahaning Heights  • Marshall Heights  • Mayfair  • Naylor Gardens  • Penn Branch  • Randle Highlands  • River Terrace  • Skyland  • Summit Park  • Twining 

Ward 8[edit]

Anacostia  • Barry Farm  • Bellevue  • Buena Vista  • Congress Heights  • Douglass  • Fairlawn  • Garfield Heights  • Knox Hill  • Shipley Terrace  • Washington Highlands  • Woodland 

Demography of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Government and politics of Washington, D.C.[edit]

The District of Columbia is divided into 8 wards to elect councilmembers.

Structure of the government of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Branches of the government of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Executive branch of the government of Washington, D.C.[edit]
Legislative branch of the government of[edit]
Judicial branch of the government of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Law and order in Washington, D.C.[edit]

Military in Washington, D.C.[edit]

History of Washington, D.C.[edit]

History of the District of Columbia, by period[edit]

Culture of Washington, D.C.[edit]

The Arts in Washington, D.C.[edit]

Sports in Washington, D.C.[edit]

Economy and infrastructure of Washington, D.C.[edit]

Education in Washington, D.C.[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "D.C. History F.A.Q." Historical Society of D.C. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions About D.C". Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Archived from the original on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts District of Columbia". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20.
  4. ^ First United States Congress (July 16, 1790). "An Act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States" (cgi-bin). Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  5. ^ George Washington (January 24, 1791). "Proclamation of the location of the district for the permanent seat of the Government of the United States" (php). President of the United States of America. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  6. ^ First United States Congress (March 3, 1791). "An Act to amend "An Act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States"" (cgi-bin). Retrieved June 23, 2009.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Washington, D.C.