Washington, DC (CNN) Washington, the capital of the US’s District of Columbia, is home to some of the world’s largest outdoor attractions, including the National Mall, the historic Georgetown Hotel, the iconic Lincoln Memorial, the National War Memorial and the Capitol.
But as Washington celebrates its centennial, visitors are discovering the town’s charms beyond its downtown area.
In fact, visitors to the nation’s capital have become more comfortable talking about Washington than its suburbs, according to a recent study from the University of Maryland.
The researchers compared the size of Washington’s visitor and economic communities across major cities.
For the study, the researchers took census data from 2012 to 2016 from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Their data covered population, economic activity, employment, housing and the percentage of residents who were either employed or looking for work.
“In terms of population and job growth, there is a large and growing number of people living in the city of Washington who are either actively seeking or are in the process of finding work,” said Christopher McAfee, an associate professor of economics and public policy at the University at Albany and the study’s lead author.
The researchers also found that the population in the Washington area had grown from 4.3 million in 2012 to 5.1 million in 2020.
Washington was the fourth-most populated metropolitan area in the country in 2016.
But the population has slowed since the 2020 Census, with just 4.5 million people.
The census data suggests that many of those residents are in their 30s and 40s.
The area’s population has also decreased by more than 7 percent over the past five years, McAfee said.
Washington’s economy is the fourth largest in the nation, but its employment has remained relatively flat.
In 2016, the unemployment rate for workers ages 25 to 64 was 5.7 percent, compared with 9.3 percent for the entire US workforce, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Washington ranked No. 4 on the 2016 ranking of metropolitan areas by economic growth, behind only New York City and Boston.
The data from the census shows that the unemployment rates in Washington, D.C., are also much higher than the national average.
But McAfee and his colleagues found that a lot of the difference in job growth is not due to the region’s size.
“We know that cities are much more diverse than suburbs, and it is more of a mixed economy than we would expect,” McAfee explained.
“There is more diversity in the areas that are close to the urban core and the areas around the urban centers, and we also know that a good portion of the work that we see is actually done in the outer areas.”
The area’s employment is the third-largest in the United States, but it’s only one-third of the size.
The job growth rate in the area is similar to the national rate.
The area has an average of 8,000 employees per job, according a study from consulting firm McKinsey & Co. The unemployment rate is 3.6 percent.
McAfee and other researchers found that there are about 2.3 times as many residents working at night than in the daytime.
The census data showed that Washington’s unemployment rate was higher than New York’s (1.7), but the gap is likely attributable to New York having a larger number of night workers than Washington.
McDonald said he thinks the difference is more about the quality of life in the District than the number of jobs in Washington.
“The area of Washington is so much different from the area around the city that I don’t think it’s really fair to compare the two,” he said.
“It’s really hard to measure.
It’s hard to compare because it’s so much more complex.”
The Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington that focuses on national security and economic development, ranked Washington as the second-most dangerous city in America for workers and residents in 2016, behind New York.
McMcDonald and his co-authors noted that there is also a lot to be said for the Washington region’s history.
The city is home most notably to the US Naval Academy, where many of the most highly decorated American soldiers have gone on to serve in the armed services.
“For a city to be a great place to live, to be able to have so many places to go to, to have a good amount of history and culture, you have to have some good infrastructure,” McBride said.
In a recent interview, McBride, a former Navy lieutenant general, said that the Naval Academy is the most influential place in Washington and said it has become a hub for international students and international travel.
He said Washington is home “to the largest number of international students in the whole country, probably more than any other city.”
The city’s cultural diversity has made Washington a desirable destination for people from around the world, said Chris