Part of the District of Columbia. The most lawyers of any city in the world resulting in nonstop Red Tape, pork and corruption. The political capital of the U.S. and also the free world situated on the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. Named after George Washington, it was founded in 1800 by Pierre L'Enfante. Washington, DC has probably more elitists, coporate fatcats, lobbyists, buerocrats and lawyers than any city in the world. The city and its afairs, including its Mayor is controlled by the U.S. Congress. The Washington Metro Area is among the most expensive places to live in the country. A mere 1,100 square-foot shack will set you back some $500,000 and rental rates are also ridiculous. It isn't muich better in the burbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland. Despite the outragious cost of living, the Washington Metro area has a huge and diverse economy, making it nearly recession proof. Besides Government there are also numerous jobs in healthcare, communications, education, manufacturing, finance, marketing trade and transportation.
Despite its robust economy, Washington DC almost leads the nation in violent crime and poverty, and much of the District itself and some of Price Georges County, Maryland is a war zone. It has a huge black population that generally lives in slums and below the poverty line. 80% of the District's blacks live below the poverty line. Just about the only area of the District that is a good place to live is the Goergetown area of NW Washington. It has numerous college students, graduates, urban professionals, bars and a lively nightlife.
The Washington Metro area is incrediblly diverse, wealthy, expensive to live and a nonstop pace of life but can vary depending on location. Washington has a huge problem with urban sprawl and hellish traffic. Traffic is worse only in the L.A. area. Urban sprawl has continued unabated and now encroaches almost into Leesburg, VA, to the south in Farquire County and into the Baltimore suburbs and Rockville/Gaithersburg, Maryland. All this sprawl is causing agonizing traffic. Just try driving on the 495 beltway during rushhour. If a car stalls or there is a crash, you will be sitting for hours. City streets are also overcrowded, and you have to park like a mile from your home if you can find a place. Using the Metro Rail is nice, but the system is overused, undermaintained and underfunded.
And the people suck. They are usually haughty, snobby and arrogant just because they are on the East Coast. And they love to poke fun of everyone else, even Californians. They believe the whole country revolves around them and their East Coast counterparts. No one will ever bother to acknowledge you or say hello. They are definately not a friendly bunch.
Everything sucks about the Washington area in my opinion.
I lived near Washington DC three years ago for only 8 months, and I ended up hating everything about it.
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