Society of Washington, DC

Social Backgrounds of Washington, D.C.

A rehearsal scene of the big concert at the Lincoln Memorial, in October 2010

Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business
service jobs. The gross state product of the District in 2008 was $97.2 billion, which would rank it No. 35
compared to the 50 U.S. states. In 2008, the federal government accounted for about 27% of the jobs
in Washington, D.C. This is thought to immunize Washington to national economic downturns because the
federal government continues operations even during recessions.

The District has been growing industries not directly related to government, especially in the areas of
education, finance, public policy, and scientific research. George Washington University, Georgetown University,
and Washington Hospital Center, Howard University, and Fannie Mae are the top five non-government-related
employers in the city.

As in many cities, gentrification is revitalizing Washington's economy, but its benefits are unevenly distributed
throughout the city, and it is not directly helping poor people. In 2006, D.C. residents had a personal income
per capita of $55,755, higher than any of the 50 U.S. states. However, 19% of residents were below the
poverty level in 2005, which highlights the economic disparities in the city's population.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
This is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America.

8 mm film: The Basilica of the National Shrine 1960

Washington Hospital Center

The District's 16 medical centers and hospitals make it a national center for patient care and medical research.
The National Institutes of Health is located in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Washington Hospital Center (WHC),
the largest hospital campus in the District, is both the biggest private and non-profit hospital in the Washington
area. Just next to the WHC is the Children's National Medical Center. Children's is among the highest ranked
pediatric hospitals in the country according to U.S. News & World Report.

A Washington Hospital Center Complex 1960: A nurses-quarter in the left side of the main building

Washington Hospital Center 1960-1961

Downtown Washington, D.C.

Downtown Washington, D.C.

Source: University of Texas Libraries

(L) The District of Columbia is the small area between Maryland and Virginia.
(R) L'Enfant Plaza is in the center of an area crowded with federal buildings, and is a transfer point allowing
passengers to cross with ease the Potomac between Virginia and central Washington, making it a very busy station.

Route 1 and Route 50 is passing through the downtown Washington, D.C.

This photo shows a rent-bicycle station in the Washington, DC area. Daily fee ranges $25 to $35.

A map and street of Anacostiaアナコスティア地区

Police officers are keeping a close eye on a criminal at the exit of Metro station of Anacostia.アナコスティア地区

During the violent crime wave of the early 1990s, Washington, D.C. was known as the murder capital of the
United States and often rivaled New Orleans in the number of homicides. The number of murders peaked in
1991 at 479, but the level of violence declined drastically in the 1990s. In total, violent crime declined nearly
47%, between the years of 1995 and 2007. Property crime, including thefts and robberies, declined by
roughly 48% during the same period.

Like most large cities, crime is highest in areas associated with illegal drugs and gangs. The experts point to
the city's changing demographics as a reason why crime in the District is being overshadowed by increased
violence further east across the border in Maryland.
Source: Wikipedia



1990年代初頭に凶悪犯罪の波が訪れた時、ワシントンD.C.はアメリカの「殺人首都」(murder capital)として


Washington, D.C.
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Smoking ban in Washington, D.C.

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Smoking ban in the District of Columbia

ワシントンDCで一番と言われる私立総合病院は建て替えられ、今 MedStar Washington Hospital Centerとなっている。


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The article was written and photographs were taken by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.,
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