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7 things you should know before relocating to DC in 2022

Moving to DC? Read this first.

Washington DC

Washington DC is the capital of the USA. The federal government resides here, making it a big political arena as well. There are plenty of international embassies located here too.

The city is an excellent destination for tourists and those wishing to work and live there will be greeted by breathtaking outdoor monuments and sculptures in the parks, gardens, avenues, and even cemeteries.

Before you pack your bags and dash to Washington, here are 7 things to note:

The cost of living is higher than most parts of the US

Washington DC is not a cheap place to live. The cost of living here is 53.3 percent higher than the national average. It is also ranked among the eight most expensive cities in the world.

The biggest cost residents of Washington bear is house rent, causing some, especially students to embrace co-living which is more affordable than renting a studio apartment.

Restaurants are quite expensive and groceries cost up to 10% higher than the national average. Commuting costs are not cheap too, with residents of Washington DC spending more than in any other city in the US.

The city boasts a rich culture

The capital is known for its rich culture that reflects its history. Historical monuments, museums, theatres, and art galleries make it such a popular place for people interested in history.

Washington DC has the most research materials internationally, which are contained in the Library of Congress. Their literature is rich, with history books covering topics on politics, national issues, and the government.

The District has also made a name for itself with great music over the years and delicious cuisine that features sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.

Accommodation options

As a popular destination for tourists, expats, and professionals, accommodation is abundant in Washington DC. Apart from hotels, other options are motels, bed and breakfasts, luxury lodges, boutique guesthouses, homestays, farm stays, and campgrounds.

For those looking for a place to settle quickly without having to worry about furniture and other furnishings, here are some of the best monthly rentals in Washington DC.

Taxation without representation

Residents of Washington are familiar with this phrase. When you move there, do not be surprised to find this slogan on their license plates. The reason is that Washington DC is not yet a state.

Residents pay federal taxes but are still denied full rights especially by not being represented with a vote in congress. Aside from the federal income taxes, they pay local taxes to the District of Columbia which include sales tax, income tax, and property tax.

There is a dress code

Though it is not a written or spoken rule, people in Washington DC dress and carry themselves professionally. Be cautious if you have a job interview ahead. You will need to research how people dress for work and job interviews.

Some restaurants and bars even have certain dress codes. To be on the safe side in Washington DC, let your wardrobe be more formal than casual.

Traffic is a big headache

Be prepared for heavy traffic here, which is a result of the rapid job growth that the city has seen in the past decade or so. DC has been rated third in traffic congestion and drivers say they waste over 100 hours each year sitting in traffic.

Apart from wasting time in traffic, up to 90 million gallons of extra fuel is used in Washington DC. Traffic congestion reaches its peak from Monday to Thursday between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and later in the evening between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekends also experience a surge in traffic from noon to 5 p.m.

Washington DC takes education seriously

DC residents enjoy various schooling options like private, public, charter, and international.  As the US capital, it offers excellent education, and students come from all over the world to study there.

For children with autism and other needs, there are special institutions available to cater to their needs.

Famous tertiary learning institutions include Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, and University of the District of Columbia 

Ready to pack your bags?

Do not let the seemingly high cost of living burst your bubble. With the right strategy of finding an affordable place to live in and waking up early so that you don’t get caught up in traffic and waste fuel, you will thoroughly enjoy your stay here.

Also, be sure to adjust other aspects of your lifestyle like entertainment to avoid spending too much. Good luck!

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