Living in Washington, DC
The historic neighborhood of Georgetown is bounded by the Potomac River on the south, Rock Creek to the east, Glover Park to the north, with Georgetown University and the hospital on the west end of the neighborhood. The hospital is just a short walk to the heart of Georgetown. In addition to housing some of Washington’s wealthiest residents and many landmarks, Georgetown is a shopping destination and has many restaurants, bars, and cafes.
It goes without saying that the federal government is the city’s largest employer, accounting for about 29% of the jobs in DC. Many organizations such as law firms, independent contractors, non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, and professional associations have their headquarters in or near DC to be close to the federal government. Fifteen Fortune 500 companies are based in the area, which includes northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. Eleven of the 25 richest counties in the U.S. are located in the region and unemployment is relatively low at 6.1%.
All four seasons are distinct in the District. Spring and fall are warm, while winter is cool with annual snowfall averaging 15.5 inches. Winter temperatures average around 38 °F from mid-December to mid-February. The national cherry blossom festival turns Washington beautiful each spring. Summers are hot and humid with average temperatures of 75°F.
Arts, Culture & Sports
Washington, D.C., is a national center for the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. There are many independent theaters, music venues and organizations such as the Shakespeare Theater Company, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Studio Theater, Lincoln Theater, and Howard Theater to name a few. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution’s famous network of museums, there are many private art museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, and the Spy Museum.
Approximately 19.4% of the city is parkland. Major parks include Rock Creek Park, C&O Canal National Historical Park, National Mall and Anacostia Park. Washington, D.C. is also the home to many professional sports teams including the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards and Capitals.
With an average of about one million trips each weekday, the DC Metro is the second-busiest transit system in the country. Metro bus serves over 400,000 riders each weekday and is the nation’s sixth-largest bus system. 37% of Washington-area commuters take public transportation to work, the second-highest rate in the country. Other than the standard Metro and bus systems, Washington also has many alternate transportation options including car and bike sharing programs.
Where to Live
Many distinct neighborhoods make up D.C that appeal to various tastes. The majority of our residents chose to live within city proper in neighborhoods located in Northwest Washington, DC such as Glover Park, Georgetown, Dupont/Logan Circle, Cleveland Park and Columbia Heights. Our department can offer guidance on housing.