If you’re planning on making a move to somewhere new, the decision is very likely challenging I guess. How can you choose when there are so many great places to live across America?
Well, if Washington, D.C. is something you’re considering, we've compiled a list for you of why D.C. might just be your new home. READ ON...
Washington DC is an incredibly interesting and motivating place to live (and visit). It is diverse, full of culture and life, and there is no shortage of things to keep you busy during your free time.
Sure, moving to a new city is scary, some would even say frightening, but after a few weeks of exposure to one of the world’s greatest and most historical cities, you’ll be proud to say that you live in DC.
Here are THE 14 reasons TO CONSIDER MOVING TO DC.
1. Historically, DC has it covered.
In fact, the city is full of history. One could even argue that the average square mile of DC contains more history than many other cities combined. That might be hyperbole, but you get the point.
2. DC is a sports fan’s dream.
From the Capitals to the Wizards, the Redskins and the Nationals, there is a professional sport being played in every season at most times of the day.
3. DC is a biker’s paradise.
No, not motorcycles. Bicycles! There are more than 60 miles of bicycle and pedestrian tracks available for the avid biker or hiker. Get your exercise while breathing in that clean Virginia air for am amazing body fitness.
4. D.C. Is Brimming With Amazing Job Opportunities
While The District is still fighting to bounce back from the recession, don’t be swayed entirely by the numbers.
While the unemployment rate is still a point above the national average, there are some really great opportunities in D.C., most of which have amazing growth potential for men and women alike.
The median household income in Washington is around $64,000, which is 21 percent higher than the national average. So, aquiring a job here usually means good things for your bank account and, in turn, for your family.
If you want to work for the Federal Government, then this is the city for you. The U.S. government employs more than 140,000 people locally.
5. The District Is Safer Than You Think
D.C. has long-since had a reputation for high crime rates. But, just like any city, the crime isn’t evenly distributed. Knowing the neighborhoods and areas throughout The District will make all the difference. For example, the crime rate in areas like Georgetown, Friendship Heights, and The Palisades are nearly 60 percent lower than D.C.’s average.
6. An Awesome Education Awaits.
Do a little digging into the schools in D.C. and you’ll find that there are a ton of great places to send your kids among the 208 public and 87 private facilities. The teacher-to-student average in D.C. is better than the national average at a 13:1 ratio.
7. Families Have A Wealth Of Knowledge At Their Fingertips For Free
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Smithsonian museums but unless you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting them, you can’t quite appreciate just how much of a gift having them so close to you really is. And the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of American History are just the beginning.
There’s also the National Gallery of Art, United States Holocaust Museum, International Spy Museum, and much more are all popular, and completely free, destinations.
8. The Green Spaces Of D.C. Make The Perfect Escape
When you picture D.C., you probably envision a lot of amazing architecture, monuments, and concrete. You probably don’t picture just how green it is.
Few of the green gardens would include;
- Hillwood Gardens
- Franciscan Monastery Gardens
- Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
- National Arboretum
- Potomac Park
These beautifully landscaped parks make up just a few of the green spaces found all throughout D.C, offering a variety of escapes for families to picnic, walk, hike, bike, play, and view nature.
9. The Best Of Everything Is Just A Drive Away
D.C. is perfectly located in the mid-Atlantic region of the country which means that vacation planning is easy and affordable. Visit the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland or Virginia Beach in around three hours.
Reach the heights of the gorgeous Maryland mountains in just over an hour. Set your sights on the big cities of Philadelphia in three hours and New York City in four. Even Disney World is a 13-hour drive away, if you’re up for the road trip.
10. Living In D.C. Builds Character
The traffic requires patience. Navigating the metro takes some skillful memorization and etiquette.
Street smarts are always a crucial life lesson that can only be taught through experience. And learning that there’s always someone who is more competitive than you and that to reach the top, you need to work really hard are all things that you learn in Washington D.C. like no other city.
11. Growing Up In D.C. Builds Tolerance And Compassion
The population of D.C. is extremely diverse. The men and women here are made up of all different races, religions, and come from different lifestyles and economic standings. There are politicians and journalists as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Washington D.C. was even named the Gayest City in America by The Advocate in 2014. Growing up and living in Washington D.C. exposes all ages to the many different people in the world, creating a more accepting and compassionate society.
12. Kids Can Grow Up Thinking They Can Change The World
Kids are impressionable. When they grow up in a place like D.C., they learn the importance of politics and that the ability to make a difference and help change the world is actually something in their grasp.
Remember, anyone who can make it here could quite possibly rule the world, or at least the country. And who wouldn’t want their kids growing up in a place like that?
D.C. is a great city for people who love food. The cuisine is truly international, and there are plenty of chic cafes, hipster bars, farmer’s markets, and celebrity chef-run experiences to please all appetites and budgets. Also, there are several food sampling tours you can take, in case you can’t decide where to eat next.
12 Signature Dishes You Must Eat When in D.C;
- Chesapeake blue crabs
- Korean fried chicken.
- Mumbo sauce
- D.C.'s iconic half-smoke
- Peruvian polla a la brasa
- Chesapeake oysters
- Salvadoran pupusas
- Theo Chocolate
- Rainier Cherries.
- Tim's Cascade Potato Chips
- Aplets & Cotlets
- Red raspberries.
14. The Climate
D.C. is graced with a climate that seems to offer the best of all worlds. It has four seasons, including snow, but it never gets too cold, unlike New England.
The seasons are;
And unlike many southern states, its summers are relatively mild, lacking the instant-shower humidity and skin-blistering heat of somewhere like Nashville.
Temperature can be as high as 31 degrees and as low as -1 degrees.
There’s a lot of great reasons to move to DC, even if just temporarily.
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