The Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Overview

Living in Washington, D.C.

One of the most progressive and electric cities in the world

The iconic nation’s capital is home to landmarks and museums steeped in history and reverence, alongside some of the most progressive cultural fusions in the world. Washington, D.C. has long been famed for its dynamic neighborhoods, reliable and clean public transportation, and energetic mix of people thanks to the concentration of college students, diplomats and world visitors—and residents are still finding D.C. as engaging as ever.

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    Walk Score

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    76 in Walkability

    This community is moderately walkable. Most commutes will require a car.

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    Commute Time to Airport

    15 min drive to DCA

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Breweries/wineries, City living, Dining, Eclectic neighborhoods, Galleries/museums, High-rise, Hip and vibrant, Historic sites, Metro/bus, Music/performing arts, National monuments/memorials, Nightlife, Parks/recreation, Professional sports, Shopping, Townhouse, Urban, Walk/bike/e-scooter

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Schools in Washington, D.C.

Varied options for every family

The District of Columbia Public Schools enrolls 51,000 students and offers a range of programs to enrich the K-12 experience, including dual language programs, career academies, free study abroad trips, paid high school internships and Advanced Placement courses.

Private schools in Washington, D.C. are among the best in the nation. According to Niche, Sidwell Friends School, Georgetown Day School and St. Albans School are ranked among the top four nationally among their respective categories.

Washington, D.C. Transportation

One of the most reliable public transportation systems in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. is known for a clean, reliable Metro, and the public transportation network also includes a robust system of buses, trains and bikeshare.

  • 43 Metrorail stations
  • 88 Metrobus routes
  • DC Circulator local bus
  • DC Streetcar
  • MARC Train
  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
  • 218 Capital Bikeshare stations
  • Over 50 miles of bicycle lanes

Washington, D.C. Attractions

The best of the nation all within 68 square miles

Washington, D.C. residents could try a new restaurant or visit a new attraction every day—and maybe make a dent in all D.C. has to offer within a year.

Among the dozens of museums, the National Geographic Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are just a handful of national treasures that have helped spark imaginations and honor the past for decades.

Some of the inventive dining, niche nightlife and creative cocktail bars are in Washington, D.C., making it one of the most dynamic entertainment and nightlife scenes in the country.

Washington, D.C. Taxes

A competitive tax market

  • D.C. Income Tax: 8.50%
  • Real Property Tax Rate: $0.850 per $100 Assessed Value
  • Vehicle Tax: N/A
  • Sales Tax: 5.75%