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Cultural Tourism DC
Be a "cultural tourist" and discover a different Washington, with Cultural Tourism DC acting as your handy guide. Explore the city's vibrant neighborhoods, its cultural treasures and historic sites. The site lists events, offers tours and provides information to make any visit to Washington a memorable one.

Explore DC
Learn about the people, places, and history of Washington, DC. Take a virtual tour of DC's neighborhoods, trace history with a timeline, or learn about the area's rich African-American heritage. For students, the site's Learning Center offers lesson plans by grade, and allows searches for photos, videos, articles, and more.

H-DC, Washington, DC History and Life
Visit this discussion network to find out about the District's history and culture. Members of the city's cultural institutions are frequent contributors. Post your own questions in this forum: How did Metro come about? Who inhabited the nation's capital in the 1600s? Experts provide their take, answer trivia questions and offer suggestions on where to look for additional information. And in a city that boasts the Library of Congress, National Archives and Smithsonian, resources are plentiful.

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DC Statistics
2000 Census population: 572,059
Male: 269,366 (47.1%)
Female: 302,693 (52.9%)
Black: 343,312 (60.0%)
White: 176,101 (30.8%)
Asian: 15,189 (2.7%)
American Indian and Alaska Native: 1,713 (0.3%)
Other race: 21,950 (3.8%)
Two or more races: 13,446 (2.4%)
Hispanic/Latino: 44,953 (7.9%)
Percentage of population 18 and over: 79.9%
65 and over: 12.3%
Median age: 34.6
Median household income in 2000: $41,000

Motto: Justitia omnibus (Justice for all)
Flower: American Beauty Rose
Tree: Scarlet Oak
Bird: Wood Thrush
Flag: Adopted in 1938. Design was based on the shield from George Washington's family coat of arms.