So you are thinking about relocating to Washington, DC?! DC's population has gone up nearly 20% since I moved here in 2006. DC is special as there are a lot of transplants in the area as people move here for work, college, and more. There are definitely some things I wish I knew about before I moved to the city, so let's talk about the Pros and Cons of moving to and living in DC!
This place oozes history in people, events, architecture, and places! It does not matter how long you live here; the amazing locations, monuments, and VIP sightings never get old! Right now, our tourist industry is down, but you can definitely see places that might have been packed a year or so ago and not see another person, so get out sightseeing and stay safe! You can't turn a corner on Capitol Hill without seeing at least a century of Victorian architecture as far as you can see! Truly remarkable! Each little area of DC has its own "small town" feel like Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Chinatown, Dupont Circle, and more.
2. Happening City:
DC was once known for a long time as a backwater town. That is definitely not the case now! It is one of the hottest places for cool chefs to open restaurants! It is #4 in the US with the most Michelin Star restaurants, including the 3-star Michelin restaurant Inn at Little Washington, which my wife and I love to visit on special occasions and can even stay at the Inn! If you want to know what our favorite restaurants are around town, including sandwich shops and fancy dining, shoot me an email, and I will send you the list!
Not only does it host all the major sports teams like the NFL, MLB, and NHL, some are better than others as the Nats and Caps win championships! There are so many transplants in DC; sometimes, half the stadium is filled with visiting fans, although they live here too! It can be a bit strange. There are a ton of facilities for the Arts, including the Kennedy Center, where the first run plays on Broadway come to perform, and tickets can be difficult to get. I love live music, and there are some incredible venues in DC like the 9:30 club and The Anthem. I sincerely hope by the end of 2021; we will have live music back open!
Having grown up in Florida, I LOVE the four seasons in DC, with the spring and fall as the most amazing time to be in DC! It doesn't get really hot (remember, I'm from Florida) until July and August, and the winter isn't really cold until January and February leaving 7-8 months of the year with incredible weather! You do have to ignore the wintry mix over the past two weeks…LOL!
1. It is a pricey area!
DC is one of the most expensive cities in the US period, so it can be a bit of a shock coming from different parts of the country unless you are from New York or California, where the cost of living is very high. Be prepared and take some time to adjust to the cost and hit on the wallet! The offset is most employers understand to attract talent, and they must pay higher salaries, so that definitely helps!
We go back and forth between LA as the worst traffic area. 2021 has seen a slowdown as expected, and I believe the way we work in the future and work from home will keep the traffic a bit more manageable. DC and the surrounding areas have been working on the roads this past year, so hopefully, we are on the road to less traffic!
According to WalletHub, DC schools rank 41 out of 51 (50 states plus DC). We have many friends in education and are working tirelessly to make education better, and there is a lot of progress. I don't comment on the quality of individual schools, and it is up to you to figure out what works for you. What is good for one person may not be good for another. There are a ton of private and charter schools for families to choose from in DC. Try GreatSchools.org as a place to start your school search. You can also talk to some of the schools' administrators about their test scores/curriculum and definitely talk to parents.
We absolutely love DC and hope you will as well! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out via email or phone! See you in DC soon!