Washington, D.C. (City) (DC Comics)

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress approved the creation of a federal district to become the national capital as permitted by the U.S. Constitution. The District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. It was formed from land along the Potomac River donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia; however, the Virginia portion was returned by Congress in 1846.
A new capital city named after George Washington was founded in 1791 to the east of the preexisting port of Georgetown. Congress consolidated the City of Washington, Georgetown, and the remaining unincorporated area within the District under a single municipal government in 1871. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington, located on the country's Pacific coast.
Washington, D.C., had an estimated population of 617,996 in 2011. The city was the 24th most populous place in the United States as of 2010. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city's population to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of nearly 5.6 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the country.
The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington, D.C., hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of many other institutions such as trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the city.
The District is governed by a locally elected mayor and 13-member city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over the city and may overturn local laws. Residents therefore have less self-governance than residents of the U.S. states. The District has a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
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In story information

Official Name: Washington, D.C.
Aliases: Federal City; Washington City; District, D.C.
Type: City
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Location Details

Universe: Earth-One, Earth-Two, Earth-X, New Earth , Y: The Last Man, Watchmen , DCAU
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
City: Washington, D.C.


Dimensions:    68.3 mi² - 177.0 km²
  • Land: 61.4 mi² - 159.0 km²
  • Water: 6.9 mi² - 18.0 km²
Population: (as of 2004 census) 553,523 (est)


The Capital of the USA.

Points of Interest

  • Capitol Building
  • Hall of Justice
  • National Mall
  • Washington Monument
  • White House
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Smithsonian

Hewitt Industries

Hewitt Industries was a Washington DC based research and development firm owned by the late Henry Hewitt. It was here that Hewitt developed the atomic containment suit that he wore as the villain, Tokamak.

Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is a commemorative monument located in Washington, D.C. in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. 



The following is a list of heroes who are known to have lived or operated in the Washington DC area at some point during their careers.
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Justice Society of America (on occasion)
  • Unknown Soldier
  • Wonder Woman (Earth-One)


The following is a list of villains who are known to have lived or operated in the Washington DC area at some point during their careers.
  • Lex Luthor


  • Amanda Waller
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Etta Candy (Earth-One)
  • President Roosevelt
  • Jefferson Pierce
  • Lana Lang
  • Lorraine Reilly
  • Pete Ross
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Sam Lane
  • Sarge Steel
  • Steve Trevor (Earth-One)
  • Walter Reilly