Decades ago, Baltimore had a population in excess of 900,000. It now struggles to stay above 600,000. Washington, D.C.'s population now has passed the population of Baltimore. The city of Washington has many benefits that only it can have. These benefits include the wealth of politicians, lobbyists, and media who have located to the D.C. area. Additionally, as the nation's capital, the city has federal financial support that is not available to Baltimore and other cities.