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-Uniquely attractive core
-Arts and culture
-Historic interest


-Growth and sprawl
-Cost of living
-Summer heat

What Bert Has To Say About Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metro Area

It would be an understatement to say that the nation’s capital is a unique place. The centrally located National Mall is an urban planning gem, with excellent open spaces, walking paths, and major monuments in a classic architectural style. Lining the mall is the Smithsonian museum complex, probably the best set of museums in the world in a single location. In reality, the whole mall setup is a museum in and of itself and a major destination for locals and visitors alike. Numerous government offices and first class hospitality venues surround the mall. To the northwest of the mall, but still within the city limits, lies the upscale residential and commercial enclave of Georgetown, home to Georgetown University, George Washington Hospital, and a variety of entertainment and nightlife amenities. But not all of the D.C. central city glitters; to the north and east in particular lies a considerable expanse of socioeconomically mixed neighborhoods and areas of urban decay.


Quick Facts About Washington

    The unemployment rate in Washington is 7.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Washington jobs have Decreased by 0.41 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Washington's cost of living is 54.00% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Washington's population is 605,759 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 5.89 percent.
    Average Commute time is 30 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Washington is $434,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 7.80 percent.
    Washington public schools spend $26,736 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 12.1 students per teacher in Washington.

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I've been in DC for 10 yrs now. It's a great place to live, if can afford it. I'm a Chicago native. I came to DC by way of Military.DC was my final duty station. After... (read more)
Living in the Capital is OK, but I want more than
DC is great if you want to work for the federal government and dream of a career in "public service." But if politics is not your passion or special interest, you may be... (read more)
re: Rich People, Poor People...30 Years in DC Area
I'm a native. I grew up in the city and now live in the suburbs. While I can't say that what you've written is inaccurate, it is still unfair to paint the people in this... (read more)
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