The latest figures from the Census Bureau show that DC’s current population is the highest it’s been in four decades. At around 680,000, the district’s population has been growing at a rate of about 900 residents per month, and has increased 13% since 2010. Many of these new residents have transferred to the city from other parts of the country and the world.
A 2013 study showed that in the years following the recession, DC had been the residential choice of more millennials than any other city in the United States.
That people keep moving to the nation’s capital is not exactly something we find surprising. DC is a wonderful place to live, with its many interesting facets, opportunities, and advantages.
Here are just a few reasons why people are drawn to this dynamic area:
- Employment opportunities
It’s the capital of the United States and the home of the US Congress, Supreme Court, and the country’s top institutions. The Federal Government employs around 140,000 locals, providing a wealth of job opportunities.
Politics and public service are not the only sectors that are boosting the employment scene. DC is also home to major businesses in various industries, including tech, finance, healthcare, defense contracting, and more, employing thousands of people with various skills.
- Central location
DC is adjacent to two states, Maryland and Virginia, and is at the heart of the Washington metropolitan area that also includes parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. With an excellent transportation system in place, it’s easy to get to neighboring states and the recreational, business, and employment opportunities that can be found there.
- Outstanding schools
DC is served by top-rated school districts that include:
- Arlington Public Schools
- Falls Church City Public Schools
- Loudoun County Public Schools
- Montgomery County Public Schools
Some of the top-ranked in DC are found in the suburbs, as is often the case in large metros, but excellent schools are found within the city as well, particularly in the neighborhoods of Cathedral Heights, Wesley Heights, Chevy Chase DC, Kent and others.
DC is also home to 20 colleges and universities, including some of the most prestigious institutions in the country like Georgetown University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Howard University.
- Close to nature
Downtown’s highly urban profile can be misleading. DC has a bounty of parks and gardens where you can escape from the city’s frantic pace. The historic Potomac River offers plenty of outdoor opportunities, including cruising, kayaking, cycling and running. And the district is only an hour or so away from Chesapeake Beach in Maryland.
- Wealth of activities
You and your family will never run out of things to see or do in DC. Here are just a few of your options:
- Visit art galleries, historical sites and museums. DC is the country’s museum capital and many museums are open to the public for free.
- Take your pick from the constant array of theater, symphony, dance, and musical performances
- Watch a baseball, football or basketball game. DC is represented by several professional sports teams in the major leagues.
- Explore the topnotch dining and shopping options in the district.
- Visit the Smithsonian National Zoo – one of the country’s most popular zoos
- Diverse neighborhoods
DC is more than just Capitol Hill. The district has around 131 neighborhoods that are not only distinguished by geography, but also by culture, history, architecture, and more. Each neighborhood has its own distinct character, giving new residents a wide range of housing options.