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Washington... or Washington D.C.?

Each of these clues pertains either to the state of Washington, to Washington D.C., or to both. Can you guess which is which?
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Last updated: December 14, 2021
First submittedMarch 30, 2019
Times taken21,357
Average score73.3%
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1. Is named after George Washington
D.C.
State
Both
2. Borders two U.S. states
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D.C. borders Virginia and Maryland, the state borders Oregon and Idaho
3. Is home to the Lincoln Memorial
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4. Over 40% of the population is African-American
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D.C.'s African American population is around 48% while the state's is only 4%
5. Starbucks is headquartered there
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6. Has the higher GDP per capita
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Washington D.C.'s GDP per capita is over $160,000 - more than twice that of any state
7. Has a coastline on the ocean
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Both
8. Has the higher average annual precipitation
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The eastern part of Washington state is very dry. Even Seattle isn't that rainy. It gets about the same amount of rain as D.C.
9. Voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 U.S. presidential election
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Both
10. Has a higher homicide rate
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If D.C. were a state, it would have by far the nation's highest murder rate
11. Is further north
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12. The Potomac river runs through it
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13. Has a higher population
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14. Its NFL team changed its team name in 2020
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15. Is the primary residence of two people worth more than $100 billion
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Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates both live in the tiny suburb of Medina, Washington
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2019
Looks as if I'm not lonely in my surprise by the precipitation answer. Meets my definition of "trick question" (i.e. a question with a counterintuitive answer that I don't happen to know!).
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Level 73
Apr 7, 2019
I lived in Oregon for years, and should have got this one. I know, for instance, that Boston usually gets a bit more rain than Portland. It's just that Oregon gets their rain (and bleakness) in just a few months over the winter, whereas in New England it is spread out over the whole year. The Pacific Northwest also does not get much torrential rain, but rather endless drizzle and mist.

Knowing all that, I still picked the state over D.C.

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Level 73
Jun 9, 2019
I've lived in both and no one believes me when I say the east coast is rainier by far and way more horridly humid in summer.

BUT, Seattle area is often very very cloudy and gloomy and drizzly except for high summer (which is absolutely fabulously glorious but don't tell anyone.)

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Level 77
Jun 9, 2019
High summer...glorious for wildfires? :) (We were there in high summer and seriously, yes, it is gorgeous.)
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Level 81
Apr 5, 2019
I got the voting question wrong because I thought DC, as having no Senators or voting representatives didn't get electors. Interesting that they do vote for president, and Puerto Rico does not.
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Level 78
Apr 5, 2019
Interesting quiz! Hillary's misspelt, btw.
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Level 87
Apr 5, 2019
Your sentence is correct if it's referring to itself.
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Level ∞
Apr 5, 2019
Fixed the spelling of Hillary.
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2019
Waiting for "Turkey: Country or bird?" quiz
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2019
Or "Georgia: State or State?" With a trick question about "Georgia on my mind."
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Level 82
Sep 4, 2019
Already done: https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/georgia-or-georgia (Don't think there's a trick question about the song, though.)
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Level 66
Jun 9, 2019
Got the 5th one wrong because is the only question where State is above... Meant to put D. C.
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Level 45
Jun 9, 2019
I got 16/17 on my first try and I never use non-metric measurements.
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Level 66
Jun 10, 2019
Are you sure you are talking about this quiz?
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2020
I bet it was a joke ;)
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Level 23
Jan 1, 2020
I sucked at first then got a perfect score by memory
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Level 72
Jul 24, 2020
OK, the Redskins question is no longer correct.
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Level 73
Sep 13, 2020
Washington won their opener today!
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Level ∞
Jan 27, 2021
Updated
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Level 55
Nov 4, 2020
got all but the precipitation one
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Level 63
Dec 4, 2020
DC doesn't really border Virginia unless you count bridges.
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Level 84
Apr 7, 2022
Or rivers, as almost everyone always does.
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Level 60
Apr 7, 2022
Then by this logic, Texas does not border Mexico, the Rio Grande flows between
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Level 53
Apr 7, 2022
As a Washingtonian, I concur. We do not consider ourselves bordering Virginia. Technically correct, but the question is really reaching for us locals.
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2022
That's an odd distinction. That's like saying that New Jersey doesn't border Pennsylvania since they're separated by the Delaware River, or that Illinois doesn't border Missouri since they're separated by the Mississippi.
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Level 84
Apr 7, 2022
As a native of the greater Washington metropolitan area, have to agree with Marlowe that this is a very odd distinction. Virginia and Maryland border DC. Never heard any Washingtonian or Virginian assert otherwise.
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Level 47
Apr 7, 2022
Technically the Potomac River is part of Washington, DC. When you step from the coast in Alexandria into the river, you're technically crossing the border.

The DC resident claiming they don't border VA surprises me. I've never heard a single person claim that.

SOURCE: Lifetime DC area resident.

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Level 53
Apr 8, 2022
DC guy of 66 years and never heard anyone say we "border" Virginia. Across the river, yes. Looking on a map, makes sense. When you live on that map, not so much. Could literally spit into Maryland so it seems like we border it. Technically correct for the Potomac river is considered part of DC. All good, but it is such a fine line question when, as I say, you live on that map IMO.
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Level 36
Apr 7, 2022
I was today years old when I learned that the Washington football team was from D.C., and not Washington State...