Washington metropolitan area

The Washington metropolitan area (also known as the National Capital Region and colloquially as the DMV for "D.C., Maryland, Virginia") is the metropolitan area centered on Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The area includes all of the federal district and parts of the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It is part of the larger Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.

Washington Metropolitan Area
(Washington – Arlington – Alexandria)
Nickname(s): 
DMV[1][2] (D.C., Maryland, Virginia)
Country United 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
Area
(2010)
  Urban
1,407.0 sq mi (3,644.2 km2)
  Metro
5,564.6 sq mi (14,412 km2)
Elevation
0–2,350 ft (0–716 m)
Population
 (2020)[4][5][6]
  Metropolitan area6,385,162 (6th)
  Density972.2/sq mi (375.4/km2)
  Urban
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 D.C. metropolitan area is one of the most educated and most affluent metropolitan areas in the US.[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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