Washington, D.C., is the capital city of the United States of America. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organisations, Washington is an important world political capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the United States, with more than 20 million visitors in a normal year. With a population of over 720,687, it is the largest city in District of Columbia and the 20th largest city in the United States.
Washington D.C. is rated Beta + by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Beta level cities are cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy.
Washington D.C. is the #19 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Washington D.C. is the #31 city in the world according to the Global Power City Index (GPCI) which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to their magnetism, or their comprehensive power to attract people, capital, and enterprises from around the world. It does so through measuring six key functions: Economy, Research and Development, Cultural Interaction, Liveability, Environment, and Accessibility.
Washington D.C. has a population of over 709,690 people. Washington D.C. also forms part of the wider Washington metropolitan area which has a population of over 6,216,589 people.
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