Washington, D.C.

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
257/265
Details
Large apartment$2900.00
Medium apartment$2400.00
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$1800.00

Cost of Living

4
232/248
Details
5km taxi ride$13.00
A Cappuccino$4.70
A beer$3.00
A kilogram of Apples$4.90
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.36
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$80.00
Monthly public transport$190.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$84.50

Startups

9
16/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups36
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.82
Coworking spaces [score]0.96
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co157
Meetups [score]1.00
Meetups groups199
Meetups members304667
Number of investors806
Number of startup events in the last 12 months4775
Number of upcoming meetup events190
Startup climate scene [score]0.81
Startup events662
Startup events [score]0.96
Startups [score]0.93
Total number of startups3127

Venture Capital

8
16/192
Details
Funding accelerator namesLaunchBox Digital, Acceleprise, Fortify Ventures - Accelerator
Number of funding accelerators3
Venture capital [score]0.81

Travel Connectivity

5
75/266
Details
Airport hub104
Airport hub [score]0.69
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.21

Commute

4
196/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Washington,_D.C.
Traffic handling [score]0.45

Business Freedom

9
69/264
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

2
263/266
Details
Crime rate [score]0.34
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year16
Guns per 100 residents491
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.56
Lack of guns [score]0.10
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.33

Healthcare

8
124/265
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.80
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

6
33/240
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Best university ranking67
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.47

Environmental Quality

7
116/266
Details
Air quality [score]0.73
Cleanliness [score]0.71
Drinking water quality [score]0.56
Urban greenery [score]0.80

Economy

7
16/263
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
179/266
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.27
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

4
208/266
Details
Download speed (Mbps)25.38
Internet access (download) [score]0.42
Internet access (upload) [score]0.34
Upload speed (Mbps)7.34

Leisure & Culture

10
1/264
Details
Art galleries283
Art galleries [score]0.94
Cinemas119
Cinemas [score]0.85
Comedy clubs35
Comedy clubs [score]0.89
Concert venues195
Concerts [score]0.97
Historical sites277
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums215
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues294
Performing arts [score]0.94
Sport venues221
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos87
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

7
171/266
Details
LGBT Equality Index100.00
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.31

Outdoors

5
111/266
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.20
Median peak in meters403.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)6.00
Water access [score]0.81
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Cost of living

Costs of living in Washington, D.C. are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 248 Teleport cities and the 12th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Washington, D.C. will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$2,100$2,700
$2400
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$80
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$61
Monthly public transport$190
Lunch$16
-10%
compared to
San Francisco

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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

97

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in ...

Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America and the seat of its three branches of government, has an unparalleled collection of free, public museums, and the lion's share of the nation's most treasured monuments and memorials. The vistas on the National Mall between the Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial are iconic throughout the world.

Beyond the Mall, D.C. has in the past two decades shed its old reputation as a city both boring and dangerous, with shopping, dining, and nightlife befitting a world-class metropolis. Travelers will find the city new, exciting, and decidedly cosmopolitan and international.

Virtually all of D.C.'s tourists flock to the Mall—a two-mile long, beautiful stretch of parkland that holds many of the city's monuments and Smithsonian museums—but the city itself is a vibrant metropolis that often has little to do with monuments, politics, or white, neoclassical buildings. The Smithsonian is a "can't miss," but don't trick yourself—you haven't really been to D.C. until you've been out and about the city.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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