Washington, D.C. is located on the east coast of the United States and is between the states of Virginia and Maryland. The city serves as the capital of the United States, was founded in 1791 and has a federal city status, making it separate from any state.
The city of Washington, D.C. is geographically located 30 miles west of the Chesapeake Bay and the city of Annapolis. According to 2013 estimates, the city has a total population of 650,000 living within its borders. The initial design of the city was created by the engineer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant during the presidency of George Washington. It is not a part of any state, but is instead considered a federal district.