Why is the District of Columbia not a state?

Why is the District of Columbia not a state?

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The District of Columbia is not a state because it was established as a federal district to serve as the seat of the United States government. It was created under the United States Constitution, which grants Congress the authority to establish a federal district separate from any state. The purpose of this was to ensure that the federal government would have a neutral and independent location for its operations, rather than being located within the borders of any particular state. As a result, the residents of the District of Columbia do not have the same representation in Congress as residents of the states, although they do have a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives.

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