Why do they say Washington D.C.?? when Washington is a state?

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  • rowlfe
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    "D. C." stands for District of Columbia. The District contains the city of Washington. It is a separate entity form the states of Maryland and Virginia which surround the district. When addressing a letter, Washington D. C. is in effect the name for what is unofficially a state. I live in Washington State in the city of Silverdale, so in my address it says, "Silverdale, WA", but an address in the district would be in the city of Washington in the District of Columbia and be written as "Washington D. C." The post office treats DC as a state for delivery address purposes. Congress runs the district, but it has no representation as the states have as it is not a part of any state.

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C. Read up on the district here
  • 1 decade ago

    There is Washington state and also a city called Washington D.C in the district of columbia, which borders on the states of Maryland and virginia.

  • Bill
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Washington is a state, but Washington DC is not a state and the DC stands for district of Columbia.

    Washington DC is in the state of Maryland

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