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Washington, DC

Washington is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress
684,498
Washington Population7
$
72,052
Median Income6
8.1
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Washington decreased by 0.4 years with the fastest growing segment being 25- to 34-year olds which grew by 40%

Age

33.9
Median Age7
17.1
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Washington residents are predominantly Black and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the Black community has grown by 2.0% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 11.5%

Race

36.2
%
District of Columbia Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Washington has comfortable summers and cold winters with frequent rain. The temperature reaches 90°F or above 36 days per year with an average temperature in January of 33°F. There is at least some rain 114 days per year with 42 inches of annual rainfall

Weather

31
%
Chance of Rain12
56
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature41

 

Housing

The average home value in Washington increased by 52% since 2010 which is 10% higher than the national average and 1% lower than the state average

Rent

$
2,700
Monthly Average13
58
%
Renters42

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Washington is a somewhat low tax location with sales tax 13% lower than the national average and property tax 51% lower than the national average, but income tax 14% higher than the national average.

Other

0.55
%
Property Tax21
6.0
%
Sales Tax20
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)43

 

Employment

Washington has a low employment rate of 92% which is 2% lower than the national average. The largest employers are U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security

Income

7.9
%
<$25,0006
32.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Washington is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results44

Representatives

Mayor27 Muriel Bowser
Democratic
House of Representative27 Eleanor Holmes Norton
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, is 5.2 miles from the center of Washington, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Washington DC VA Medical Center, is 1.3 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, George Washington University Hospital, is 2.3 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 Yes
Decriminalized28 Yes
 

Safety

In District of Columbia, 0.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 0.0% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks29
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#34 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche30
#34 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report31
#50 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche32
#9 2020 Best Cities for Families by U.S. News & World Report33
#52 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche34
#19 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report35
#70 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub36
#41 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades37
 

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