Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. The District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. The city has a thriving professional metropolitan area and the Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the Washington D.C is a part, has a population of 5.8 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the country. Commuters from Maryland and Virginia raise the city's population to more than one million during the working week. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily located on or around the National Mall. The city is home to 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of countless international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations and professional associations. Millions of tourists visit Washington D.C each year, often specifically to find Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the home of The White House.
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In 2012, the federal government was accountable for 29% of the jobs in Washington, D.C. This is believed to immunize Washington during national economic downturns as the federal government continues operations even during recessions. There is a diversity of industries represented within the city, including law firms and independent contractors. The District also has various growing industries, especially in the areas of education, finance, public policy, and scientific research. Some international corporations based here include World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States and the Pan American Health Organization. There are countless networking opportunities available with like-minded professionals and the transport system is efficient, allowing commuters easy access into work.
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Tourism is Washington's second largest industry and in 2012 approximately 18.9million people visited the city. Washington D.C. is famed for its history and culture, housing establishments such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall. The National Air and Space Museum is popular with visitors and the National Museum of African Art showcases the diversity within the city. There are countless restaurants and coffee shops, suitable for every palette; 14K Restaurant and Lounge serves new American cuisine and is located in the heart of the business district. 1789 Restaurant is known for the finest regional game, fish and produce, served in a period townhouse Georgetown, making this an ideal venue to host business meetings.
- Subway: Countless throughout the city, including Metro Center Metro, Federal Triangle Metro and Union Station Metro
- Railway: Union Station
- Nearest freeway: I-395
- Nearest airports: La Guardia Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby