Washington metropolitan area

The Washington metropolitan area, also sometimes referred to as the National Capital Region or the DMV (for District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) Area, is the metropolitan area centered on Washington, D.C. The metropolitan area includes all of Washington, D.C., and parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is part of the larger Washington–Baltimore combined statistical area.

Washington metropolitan area
(Washington – Arlington – Alexandria)
National Capital Region; DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia)[1][2]
CountryUnited States
U.S. state/federal districtPrincipal Subdivisions
(National Capital Region):[3][failed verification]
District of Columbia [D]
Maryland [M]
Virginia [V] Outlying Subdivision:
West Virginia
Principal municipalitiesWashington, Arlington, Alexandria
1,407.0 sq mi (3,644.2 km2)
5,564.6 sq mi (14,412 km2)
0–2,350 ft (0–716 m)
  Metropolitan area6,385,162 (6th)
  Density972.2/sq mi (375.4/km2)
4,586,770 (8th)
  CSA (2016)
9,546,579 (4th)
 Urban pop as of 2016
Time zoneUTC-5 (ET)
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EST)

The Washington metropolitan area is one of the most educated and affluent metropolitan areas in the U.S.[7] The metro area anchors the southern end of the densely populated Northeast megalopolis with an estimated total population of 6,385,162 as of the 2020 U.S. Census,[8] making it the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the nation[9] and the largest metropolitan area in the Census Bureau's South Atlantic division.[10]

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