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Washington D C / District of Columbia Statistics
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 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  
WASHINGTON D C Washington DC (D.C. stands for District of Columbia) was established on February 21, 1871 as the national capital of the United States.
AREA 68 sq miles (Land) 61 sq. miles (Water) 7 sq. miles
CAPITAL  
FAMOUS DATES  
LOCATION 38.50 N, 77.2 W
MEAN ELEVATION  
HIGHEST POINT Tenleytown, 410 ft .
LOWEST POINT 1 ft, on Potomac River
COUNTIES  
COASTLINE  
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER Near 4th and L Streets, NW
STATE FOSSIL Capitalsaurus
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK  
STATE GEMSTONE  
STATE FLAG Without either a local or self government, the District of Columbia was very slow to develop a seal or flag of its own. The first seal, designed in 1871 by the Legislative Assembly of the District, included representations of the Capitol building, the American eagle, the figure of Justice, and George Washington. Over the next number of years, several unofficial flags were flown displaying the seal. In 1920, a commission was established to choose a unique design for the flag of the District of Columbia. Under the guidance of A.E. Dubois, the final design was approved on October 15, 1938. The design was based on the shield from the coat of arms used by the Washington family.
STATE COLORS  
STATE SEAL Justice (who is a woman) is shown on the seal hanging a wreath on a statue of George Washington. The first act passed by the District's first legislative assembly on August 3, 1871, created the corporate seal of the District of Columbia, which includes this motto.
STATE SLOGAN  
STATE MOTTO Justitia Omnibus (Justice to all)
STATE SONG The Star-Spangled Banner
STATE TREE Scarlet Oak
STATE BIRD Wood Thrush
STATE ANIMAL  
STATE FISH  
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES "The District"
STATE FLOWER American Beauty Rose
BORDERING STATES Maryland and Virginia

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