Washington, D.C.

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Quality of life in Washington, D.C.

Washington, District of Columbia, features a wide variety of free time activities. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in startups, venture capital and business freedom.

Washington, D.C. is one of the top ten city matches for 3.2% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
256/263
Details
Large apartment$2784.17
Medium apartment$2286.02
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$1787.87

Cost of Living

2
249/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.60
A Cappuccino$4.50
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$3.80
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.25
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$72.00
Monthly public transport$190.00
Movie ticket$14.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$91.06

Startups

8
22/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups37
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.73
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co80
Meetups [score]1.00
Meetups groups198
Meetups members242315
Number of investors806
Number of startup events in the last 12 months3329
Number of upcoming meetup events194
Startup climate scene [score]0.79
Startup events383
Startup events431
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]0.93
Total number of startups1990

Venture Capital

10
7/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesLaunchBox Digital, Acceleprise, Fortify Ventures - Accelerator
Number of funding accelerators3
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

5
73/260
Details
Airport hub104
Airport hub [score]0.70
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.23

Commute

4
195/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Washington,_D.C.
Traffic handling [score]0.46

Business Freedom

9
67/259
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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
263/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.25
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year16
Guns per 100 residents557
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.58
Lack of guns [score]0.10
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.34

Healthcare

7
148/260
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Healthcare expenditure [score]0.37
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

8
9/230
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Best university in rankingJohns Hopkins University
Best university ranking17
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)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
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]0.80

Environmental Quality

7
91/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.77
Cleanliness [score]0.67
Drinking water quality [score]0.70
Urban greenery [score]0.75

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
171/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

6
60/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)45.50
Internet access (download) [score]0.74
Internet access (upload) [score]0.56
Upload speed (Mbps)13.40

Leisure & Culture

10
1/263
Details
Art galleries257
Art galleries [score]0.94
Cinemas120
Cinemas [score]0.85
Comedy clubs37
Comedy clubs [score]0.93
Concert venues194
Concerts [score]0.98
Historical sites245
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums198
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues259
Performing arts [score]0.95
Sport venues186
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos33
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

9
5/264
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]0.86

Outdoors

5
91/260
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Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.22
Median peak in meters419.00
Seaside access1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)6.00
Water access [score]0.85
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Washington, D.C. are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the 5th 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)

$2,336$3,232
$2784
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$72
Movie ticket$14
Broadband internet connection$61
Monthly public transport$190
Lunch$13
-4%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Washington, D.C. are very high. For this job type, Washington, D.C. ranks 15th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Washington, D.C..

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$82,702
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Very Low
4/10
Assault
Moderate
44/53
Theft
High
45/51
Robbery
High
40/46
Motor vehicle theft
Low
23/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault16%
  • Robbery23%
  • Theft20%

Gun crimes & Ownership

557.09
Guns per 100 people
15.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Washington, D.C. in position 244 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, United States

2341 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20008, United States

Phone: (+1) (202) 483-6410,4

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Childcare

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  • Cost of Living
  • Parking

Who lives here

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
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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.

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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