Washington D.C. has been highly regarded as one of the best places to live – and there are many reasons why. According to an article that was published recently on The Huffington Post, “D.C’s economy booms, its unemployment rate shrinks and its population becomes more educated… we think D.C. is a great place to live, work and have fun,” (Ruberry, 10 Reasons Washing D.C. is America’s New Second City). Here’s a more in depth look on what the article said about D.C. being one of America’s greatest cities to live in:
First, the job market is great. Unlike most of the rest of the country, Washington, D.C., is the second best city in the U.S. for people looking for employment. According to the Huffington Post, “With a higher-than-average median income and plenty of government jobs, the D.C. area’s 5.2 percent unemployment rate represents a beacon of opportunity in a down economy,” (Ruberry, 10 Reasons Washing D.C. is America’s New Second City). While thousands are struggling to pay rent and maintain a decent job in places like New York City and Los Angeles, those living in D.C. are doing just fine.
Second, people who live in Washington D.C. are very healthy. Surrounded by cherry blossoms in the spring and hiking trails near the Great Falls, there is plenty to do in terms of staying fit. Combine that with the great, moderate weather that D.C. experiences and you see more people staying active than in most cities in the U.S. Plus, there’s proof: “In the 2012 American Fitness Index, Washington was named America’s second fittest city,” (Ruberry, 10 Reasons Washing D.C. is America’s New Second City).
Washington D.C. also offers it’s residents a plethora of festivals and activities to participate in (and many of them are free). From the National Book Festival in the fall to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the summer, there’s so much more to D.C. than just politics and campaigning. The Huffington Post article also noted that “Washington has ‘more festivals and events than any other city in the United States,’” (Ruberry, 10 Reasons Washing D.C. is America’s New Second City). Even if you live just outside of the city, make sure you keep up with all the wonder events that take place year-round.
Lastly, D.C. is literate and educated (more so than any other city on our nation). Residents are not only most always caught up in current events, but there are multiple independent bookstores that locals cherish and visit regularly. Some of these bookstores include: Kramerbooks, Politics & Prose, and Second Story Books. In addition, “The D.C. area also has more residents with college degrees than any other major city, according to a Brookings study,” (Ruberry, 10 Reasons Washing D.C. is America’s New Second City).
To read more about why Washington D.C. is one of the best places to live in the U.S., read The Huffington Post’s article here.