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Founded on July 16, 1790, The District of Columbia is the permanent capital of the United States. The city is bordered closely by the states of Virginia and Maryland from which over half a million commuters come during the week, raising the population to over one million. The city spans just 61 square miles.

Washington DC is home to all three branches of the U.S. government as well as historical monuments, museums, foreign embassies, trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations. The city is also home to the headquarters of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organizations, to name a few.

The city experiences hot humid summers resulting in frequent thunderstorms and tornadoes. Hurricanes occasionally affect the city in the late summer and early autumn, but rarely do damage due to Washington DC’s inland location.

Washington DC is also affected by violent blizzards every few years as well as severe storms known as “nor’easters” featuring high winds and heavy snow or rain. These storms hit large sections of the east coast of the U.S., and can potentially cause a great deal of damage. Storm surges, runoff, and high tides often cause the nearby Potomac River to flood causing property damage.

Washington DC’s economy is quickly growing and diversifying centered on professional and business service jobs in addition to the obvious federal government employment numbers. Tourism is also a major industry as millions of domestic and international tourists flock to the city every year every year to experience the rich history and culture.

While DC has the highest per capita personal income rate in the country, the city also has the second-highest number percentage of residents below the poverty line, indicating strong economic disparities. Once known as the murder capital of the U.S., violent and property crime rates have declined by almost 50% in the past decades. Much of the crime in the city is centered on illegal drugs and gang activities.
Crime and Fatal Accident Statistics (2008)
Fatal Accidents Cars Involved People Involved Pedestrian Accidents Caused by DUI/DWI Auto Thefts (2007)
34 16 24 9 34 6191
City Driving
Pop increase from commuters Avg. commute time
+410,794 29.7 minutes
Avg. rainfall Avg. Temp (annual)
39.73 inches rain 17.3 inches snow Jan. 36F, Aug. 77F (54F)
Transportation
Major Highways
  • I-495 also known as the Capital Beltway circles the city and connects DC to Maryland and Virginia. I-395 and I-66 also run between DC and its surrounding areas.
Airports
  • Washington Dulles International Airport
Trains
Daily trains continually service the area and connect it to 500 other cities throughout the nation.
Public Transportation
DC is second only to Los Angeles in terms of traffic congestion. It is therefore recommended residents utilize the mass transit system operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which has the second largest rail transit system and fifth largest bus system in the United States.The Metrorail system offers over 100 miles of track and about 100 points of access while the Metrobus system has over 1400 bus routes with service to virtually every part of DC.In addition, more than 10,000 cabs provide transportation with inexpensive fares based on a simple zone system.
Facts and Figures
Population (2009) Male Female Change since 2000 Living/Working Area in Sq. Miles
599,657
47.1%
52.9%
+4.8% 190,566 61.4
Zip Codes
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Arenas/Sport Teams
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium/D.C. United (MLS), Washington Nationals (MLB)
  • Verizon Center/Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA), Washington Capitals (NHL).
  • Bender Arena/American University
  • Charles E. Smith Athletic Center/George Washington University

Contact the City

http://www.washingtondc.gov

Complaints and Insurance Fraud

Insurance companies usually have processes for customers to report fraud and submit complaints. If your company doesn't have a reporting system or fraud hotline, contact its headquarters.

If you've witnessed or are a victim of insurance fraud in the District of Columbia, you should report it to the following organizations:

  • Washington DC Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • District of Columbia Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation
  • Washington DC Attorney General
  • Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF)
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)