District of Columbia Postal Code Abbreviation: Justice for All Capital: It is THE capital. The reason for this was twofold: If the multiple names confuse you, the city of Washington and the District of Columbia are one and the same, but this wasn't always the case. The District was originally composed of two counties: Alexandria land from Virginia and Washington land given from Maryland. There used to be several towns within the counties until Washington was consolidated as one city and Alexandria was given back to Virginia due to slavery and other disagreements , as well as the theories that the seat of government wouldn't get big enough to need it and that the District would not develop much of a local population.
Both ended up happening, of course, and several major buildings such as The Pentagon are across the Potomac River in what is now known as Arlington, Virginia. As for the people, over , live in DC proper, and its suburbs sprawl out quite a ways into Virginia and Maryland, and even into West Virginia, as the seventh-largest metro area in the US. For fun trivia, residents of DC proper enjoy a little-known perk: For all of its wealthy lobbyists and politicians, the District has a reputation for being a Wretched Hive.
It once had the highest murder rate in the nation, which has since gone down, but drug use, gang violence and HIV infection remain problematic. You may have heard about former mayor Marion Barry, who was convicted of smoking crack with a prostitute while in office, but remained popular enough to win reelection and later got elected to city council where he served until his death in Because DC does now have a significant local population—more people than Vermont and Wyoming combined, in fact—for years there's been talk of giving it statehood.
In , Washingtonians voted overwhelmingly in support of such a measure, but it has to be approved by Congress, which is unlikely given that Congress has a Republican majority and DC is staunchly Democrat. Statehood would add two new Senate seats and one House seat permanently under the Left's control.
This has precedent in the previous retrocession of the southwestern third of the District to Virginia which had donated what's now the Arlington area in Democrats oppose this because there would be no new Senate seats gained and the one additional House set for Maryland would likely come at the expense of heavily Democratic-leaning California.
DC residents oppose it because with well over years of history, the District has formed an identity of its own and the residents feel little kinship with Maryland In the meantime, DC license plates sum up the matter perfectly: Sic semper tyrannis English: Thus Always to Tyrants Demonym: Virginia Beach part of Hampton Roads: Williamsburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville Population: One of the original Thirteen Colonies, and along with Massachusetts one of the main centers of leadership of The American Revolution and early Republic.
In particular, four of the first five Presidents and the tenth hailed from Virginia, and the exception was the only one-term President in that group. Three other presidents were born there but elected out of other states. The capital city is Richmond, which also served as the capital of the Confederacy.
All municipalities incorporated as cities are completely separate from counties, even if they are county seats as is the case with Williamsburg ; and one county Arlington is coterminous with one municipality. All other incorporated communities in Virginia are towns, which are contained within counties usually referred to as Hampton Roads in the southeastern corner of the state.
Navy's Atlantic Fleet, and Virginia Beach is also the largest city of the state. The exurbs of Hampton Roads and the exurbs of Richmond fuse together, and both metropolitan areas continue to grow toward each other.
The result of this is what appears to be a hundred-mile-long 'dumbbell' of city lights when viewed from space. This is regarded as the southernmost part of the BosWash megalopolis the nearly-unbroken conglomeration of cities and suburbs along the east coast stretching from Concord, New Hampshire, in the north to Hampton Roads in the south.
The cultural boundary between the North and South is generally considered to be somewhere in Virginia, though where exactly is hard to say.
This is partly because said boundary is moving ever-further south as mostly white-collar Northerners pour in; there was a time when Baltimore was considered thoroughly Southern, but not anymore. Currently, the Rappahannock River and the city of Fredericksburg are seen as the dividing line. Northern Virginia, consisting of the suburbs of Washington, D. The point that the states of the United States that are named 'commonwealth' are simply a difference in name and nothing more can be proven by the fact that the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia establishes an organization named the "State Police" that is the policing agency and highway patrol for the Commonwealth.
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