Washington, D.C., is the hallowed Capital of the United States of America. D.C. stands for the District of Columbia which is a subtle reference to Christopher Columbus. As for the Washington part well, any 7th grade civics student could tell you that comes from our founding father George Washington. The heart and vital functions of all three branches of the U.S. Federal government are in D.C. But more than just the Federal government is housed there. You'll also find the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other large institutions. Tourists flock to Washington D.C. and it truly is a major American cultural center, with a plenty of museums, galleries, performing arts and nightclubs for everyone. In case you were wondering, about 500K people live there and the larger Washington metro Area ranks 8th in terms of size. Popular Neighborhoods include: Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Le Droit Park, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Pleasant Plains, Shaw, Burleith, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Sheridan Kalorama, Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Square, Foxhall, Friendship Heights, Glover Park, Kent, Massachusetts Heights, McLean Gardens, North Cleveland Park, Observatory Circle, The Palisades, Potomac Heights, Spring Valley, Tenleytown, Wakefield, Wesley Heights, Woodland-Normanstone Terrace, Woodley Park , Barnaby Woods, Brightwood, Brightwood Park, Colonial Village, Crestwood, Fort Totten, Hawthorne, Manor Park, Barney Circle, capital Hill, Judiciary Square, Kingman Park, Navy Yard, Near Northeast, Penn Quarter, NoMa, Twining , Anacostia, Bellevue, Buena Vista, Congress Heights, Douglass, Fairlawn, Garfield Heights, Knox Hill, Shipley Terrace, Washington Highlands and Woodland.