I loooooove DC!
- I live in DC proper and absolutely love it! The culture, the people all the amazing restaurants right in your back yard. I'm from Boston and also spent three years in Manhattan. I think DC has a great mix of the NY culture (museums (that are more affordable), restaurants, etc...) and Boston history (all the amazing monuments and sites all over the city). In addition, I feel that DC residents have a better work/live balance. The city has great work opportunities but at the same time it's not all work and no play. I'm thrilled with my decision to move to DC!
- —Guest Vera
Only good for work experience
- I've been here for a long time, having moved from a midwestern city. I have always hated it here (in the Maryland suburbs), but find it hard to match the job opportunities that are so abundant in this area. It is great for work experience, but don't expect to raise a family here. High crime, apathetic people, ridiculous housing and grocery costs.
- —Guest alfoa
Not diggin` it
- Hello. My wife and I have lived in D.C. for almost 3 years now `n we can`t wait to get out. I have found this city to be utterly devoid of any kind of SOUL. While downtown looks beautiful...avenues that stretch to the edge of the earth, all lined with perfectly manicured trees and regal looking buildings, you get nothing back! Everything`s perfectly in place but there`s no "vibration". Native Americans might say it is NOT sacred land. On top of that, straight up, Washingtonians SERIOUSLY need to check their sense of entitlement. Everything is theirs and they want it NOW. There is no sense of community or compassion here. I have a theory as to what might be at the root of this... because D.C. is such a ridiculously expensive city to live in, the majority of people work here but live somewhere in MD or VA. So, in essence, each day these people "rent" D.C. Don`t tell me they`re gonna treat the city the same way as those neighbourhoods in VA or MD that they are truly invested in
- —Guest G
DC is Expensive and Boring!
- I am looking to leave DC at my next opportunity. The cost of living is extreme. I live in Bethesda, MD and pay $1900+parking for a 750sf 1br apartment. Ridiculous! You'd think I had a view of the Capitol or something, but instead my apt looks out onto a gas station. The people here are full of themselves, and only care about rubbing elbows with important people. Traffic is horrible. Rush hour never ends. In most other cities our combined income would be outstanding, but in DC we are poor. There is a new murder on the news almost every night, and nobody seems to care. Anything you leave out will probably be stolen, especially a bicycle. DC has no culture like other big cities, despite being a "melting pot" of a lot of different cultures. There is no local food or other cultural icon that people think of when you mention DC. It's all money and politics.
- —Guest mlj
I thought I would love it
- D.C. has so much to offer and I thought that I could love it. I have a small house in Capitol Hill, got a decent-paying job, and live close in enough to walk many places. However, this city is so full of crime and filth and other soul-killing stuff. I can't believe that my quality of life is so much worse, especially now that I am paying twice as much to live here as in my last city. I love my job and don't want to move, but am certainly considering it. The Smithsonian and other museums, cultural spaces etc. are all beautiful but you can't live in them! I guess it's fine if you like being robbed, harassed, and living with terrible city services and an unresponsive city government. Sure, in that case, it's a terrific city. If you live in D.C. and never need anything from anyone, you'll be fine. But if you do experience crime and other problems in your neighborhood, you are on your own.
DC is overated!!
- Moved to DC area because of my wife. I told her we have one year to stabilize before we head out. I agree with a lot of the previous posters. The most popular perfume sold here is called "Arrogance" because almost everyone I have met has the stench. Having formal eduaction is good but most folks here are prideful and materialistic. The few folks I have interacted with have asked me: "Do you have a degree?" When I state to them I have a master degree, they give an approving nod. I would hate to think what they would do if I told them I had no formal education. Rent/Real Estate is beyond reach for most folks. All of my co-workers rent. You need to secure a high paying govt job to make it. Working two jobs to survive can kill your quality of life. I miss my home state (Wisconsin) humble people, Packer football and great quality of life.
- —Guest Bobby
Moving Back to DC
- I am originally from DC but lived in most of the major metropolitan areas Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Phoenix, to name a few....and there is nothing like DC. There is so many opportunities for professionals, as well as programs to help people find jobs, training with no college education etc... As already mentioned there is so much to do for free. Although, it is expensive to live, traffic sucks, and winter are freezing...the quality of living is still great. I found in California that to survive & live in a decent neighborhood; people have to rent a room to strangers. I love also that DC is a melting pot, and it help you stay motivated and up to date in whatever career you are in because you are usually working with smart, educated people that stay on top of things. I cannot wait to move back and enjoy/take advantage of what DC/MD/VA have to offer :). Believe it or not...not too many cities have plenty of job opportunities.
- —Guest Sunshine
Great Place to Visit...But....
- Ah, I don't even know where to begin to start. Here are the pros of DC: DC is an absolutely GORGEOUS city! Broad, tree-lined streets, interesting styles of architecture, and a beautiful park. Also, there are TONS of great ethnic eateries and TONS of free cultural events. Mix in you a low unemployment rate (compared to the national average) and you've got a decent place to live. Cons: The people. Yeah, I said it. DC has by far some of the most materialistic and superficial people here that I've ever met. It seems like people here are only interested in two things: power and money. Also, the cost of living is out of this world. If you want to live in a decent place and live in the Beltway, be prepared to drop at least 1800 a month on rent. Salaries are higher but that is negated but the expensive cost of living. I can already tell that I'm only going to be here for a year or two......
DC is not bad
- I moved from California to DC and have worked in almost every state. Home is were you make it. Just be happy you have a job and a house to live in. I like every place I have ever lived at. There is always something fun to do if your creative. DC has inspired me to run more and ride my bike into work. I have no traffic and I am keeping healthy. I have met people on the trails into DC and found my luv also. So get out there and you will see this is a great place.
- —Guest Erock
- I've lived in Chicago, Cleveland and Rochester before here, and this has been the worst experience as far as quality of life and living. Illegal immigration and crime is a problem. We've had car engine parts stolen, property vandalized, laundry stolen out of the communal laundry for our condo, etc. But we can't afford a 'normal' neighborhood. If you would like to give up any dreams of affording a single family home (live in a condo instead) , of affording day care, and having a decent commute where you don't sit in heavy traffic for hours every day, then don't live here.
- —Guest Meghan
I hate it
- The jobs are great.. the traffic is a nightmare.. and dating is horrible. Entertainment is excellent...but it takes a million years to get anywhere if you're single like me .. and live far out... just to get cheaper living..with more space. I don't like it here. and hope to get out of here. I liked it better when I was younger...but as I am older.. I feel like.. I'm wasting time.
- —Guest Guest
- I have lived in 5 U.S. cities and 2 other countries. DC is the best for me, based on lifestyle and standard of living (v high). I can use my car to get to work, errands, day trips. Cosmopolitan people everywhere - diplomats, military, emerging markets ppl, non-profit, finance, politicians, lawyers, etc. A 30 minute drive can get me to VA vineyards, MD sailing, downhill skiing (MD, PA), and farther I can get to NC outer banks, Philly, Manhattan, or further into the mountains. Fantastic public schools and private schools in the DC/VA/MD area (and some bad). Great ethnic food. Fun national sports teams (hockey, basketball, baseball, football, college level as well), easy to get tickets and attend venues. Concerts are reasonably priced - at Verizon Center, 930 club, etc. Three airports so range of options and prices (DCA, IAD, BWI). Superb climate, summer seems like 5+ months, can get humid. Easy to get to and enjoy museums, performing arts, smithsonian zoo, etc.
- —Guest Sronell
Ok for the short term
- DC is fun in the short term and the single life, but I find the quality-of-life lacking as I mature. To afford any reasonable amount of space to live in, you have to move farther from the city. This means more hours in traffic and less opportunities to enjoy events in town, mainly because of the long commute and hassle with metro/parking. Lots of people move here temporarily to make a lot of money, get some experience, and get out. For that I think it's great. But once you have a family it gets tough - daycare is very expensive and there are long waiting lists, especially for the ones with good ratings. Many of the daycare providers are foreigners, meaning that English does not come easy and your children may pick up some bad habits.
- —Guest Jennifer
Hope to Escape
- We came to DC in September 2001 because I had been offered a doctoral scholarship. The program was not up to speed so I left and took a job with the federal government. We bought a small condo and began to live a little. But the job was silly and to get anywhere I had to go back to school and get a law degree (thanks Georgetown for 3 ugly years). Soon I was a GS-15 with a law degree and my wife was a CPA. We sold our condo and bought a home in AU Park. On paper it all sounds grand - good high earning jobs, well educated, nice neighborhood, etc. But I hate it. I don't have enough time to enjoy life. Work dominates my life to the point that I'm thinking about how much I hate it even when I'm at home. Housing is a joke relative to what we'd have elsewhere for the same price. Radiators. Come on. The people are silly and small with common hopes and dreams ($). I'm looking for work outside this area and hope I can escape before it is too late.
- —Guest LookingOutward
loving the life
- We really enjoy our life here. The climate is a sure bonus. Our favorite thing is we find something wonderful with each season and we must be having fun because time is flying by fast! Our absolute least favorite issue is interacting with service personnel with English as a second language. Especially when they have only mastered the very minimum and can not even convey politeness. Service personnel with no mastery of English at all, well it is just NOT good service. Embarassing and frustrating for all. We concur with the amazing ethnic mix, but ethnic isolation seems preferred as opposed to integration. Too bad, we could all gain so much. Public transportation is stellar and safe. Go for the adventure, enjoy the ride, you can always change course if the lifestyle doesn't fit.