Washington, DC has a resident population of 591,833; however,
because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over
one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which
the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the eighth-largest
metropolitan area in the country.
In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the Washington's population
at 591,833 residents, continuing a trend of population growth in the city since
the 2000 Census. During the workweek, however, the number of commuters from
the suburbs into the city swells the District's population by an estimated 71.8%
in 2005, to a daytime population of over one million people. The Washington
Metropolitan Area, which includes the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia,
is the eighth-largest in the United States with more than five million residents.
When combined with Baltimore and its suburbs, the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan
Area has a population exceeding eight million residents, the fourth-largest
in the country. In 2007, the population distribution was 55.6% black, 36.3%
white, 8.3% Hispanic, 5% other, 3.1% Asian.
Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing
percentage of professional and business service jobs. The gross state product
of the District in 2007 was $93.8 billion, which would rank it No. 35 compared
to the 50 U.S. states. In 2008, the federal government accounted for about 27%
of the jobs in Washington, D.C. This is thought to immunize Washington to national
economic downturns because the federal government continues operations even
during recessions. However, as of January 2007, federal employees in the Washington
area comprised only 14% of the total U.S. government workforce. Many organizations
such as law firms, independent contractors,both defense and civilian, non-profit
organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, industry trade groups, and professional
associations have their headquarters in or near D.C. to be close to the federal
government. As of November 2008, the Washington Metropolitan Area had an unemployment
rate of 4.4%; the lowest rate among the 49 largest metro areas in the nation..
Moving To Washington
Check out the Washington Metro Chamber, They can assist you with a variety of information related to housing, employment, contacts, etc.
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