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With a population of 8 million, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area includes parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, with Washington (563,000), Baltimore, Maryland (629,000), and Arlington, Virginia (200,000) as the largest cities. The capital of the United States, Washington is home to all three branches of the federal government and many famous sights, including the Washington Monument, the National Mall, and the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2004, the average Washington area resident made $46,782 a year, 42% over the national average. According to the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, average income has grown 8.3% over the past 35 years, 11% over the national average.

The area's largest employers include major government agencies such as:
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Department of Defense

The Washington area is home to several major universities and hospitals, including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the genomic industry in the area is growing. Major companies with headquarters in the Washington area include:
  • Capitol One
  • Fannie Mae
  • Marriott International
  • Sprint Nextel

Washington and its suburbs are centers of development for government contractors, law firms and lobbyists, and non-profit organizations. Because the federal government operates regardless of the general economy, the Washington economy is unique, in that it's protected from recession.


Washington, District of Columbia (DC) Colleges and Universities

Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from this state.
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