How do you explain the District of Columbia? It''s not one of the 50 states that make up the United States, although it is a very significant city. In essence, DC is the capital city of the USA, a federal district created specifically as the seat of government.
It naturally follows that federal government ranks as the largest industry in DC. If you''re interested in politics, move here and you''ll be in the center of it. Tourism places second in the most popular industry category, followed by trade associations, research, education, medicine, publishing and international finance. The world headquarters for Marriott, Amtrak, Gannett News, Exxon Mobil and XM Radio call this city home.
Working in DC means fighting lots of traffic. This location''s metro area population, 5.4 million in 2013, resides in seven counties in Maryland, and in five counties and five cities in Virginia. Opt for taking public transportation to ease frustration. The subway system, Metro, connects downtown to the suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. Metrobus and the DC Circulator connect Georgetown to downtown Washington, DC. You can also go by rail to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Living in the suburbs means a more affordable lifestyle than residing in DC proper. Better schools exist in the outer areas, too, unless you want to pay for a private-school education. You can also expect to pay federal and local taxes, but you don''t have a voting representative in Congress.
You do have access to some unique and outstanding activities. The Smithsonian museums, concerts at the Kennedy Center, many art exhibits and the National Zoo are all free to DC residents. Professional sports teams to keep your eye on include the Washington Redskins football team and the Washington Wizards basketball team. Good weather allows for outdoor pursuits during at least half of a typical year.
You''ll definitely see distinct season changes and an average of 203 days a year when the locale is bathed in sunshine. The high in July runs around 87 degrees and the low in January descends to 26 degrees.
By: Michael Danzig