Relocating to D.C.? If so, congratulations!
D.C. is one of the most exciting and unique cities in the country. As the center of political power in the U.S., D.C. is filled with important—and well-dressed—people. It’s also home to awe-inspiring historical monuments, fantastic museums, and many distinct neighborhoods to explore.
Thousands of people move to D.C. every month—some permanently, some just for a short period of time—so you’re definitely not alone. And if you are moving in the fall, you’re lucky as his is one of the best seasons in the city.
Here is some information to make your transition to D.C. a little smoother.
Fall in D.C.
Fortunately, fall is beautiful in D.C. In early fall, the weather is warm during the day and cools off at night. In October the average high is 69°F and the low is 44°F. In November these temperatures drop about ten degrees.
By late October, the foliage of the city changes colors. The tree-lined streets and parks are gorgeous, and the view of the monuments against the backdrop of vibrant orange and yellow leaves is particularly spectacular.
Cost of Living
Keep in mind that the cost of living in D.C. is quite high. It usually ranks around #6 on the list of most expensive cities to live in, with the cost of living about 40% higher than the national average. This high cost of living is balanced out somewhat by a higher median household income—around $90,000 in 2014—which, in fact, is the highest median household income in the country. D.C. also has a very high average per capita income of $74,733.
Being one of the premier political stages in the world, D.C. is home to a lot of important people doing important things. As such, the dress code may be a bit more professional or formal than you’re used to. This is especially true around the Hill. If you’re unsure of how to dress for an interview or a work-related event, always err on the side of more professional. Some upscale restaurants and bars have dress codes; just be sure to find out what kind of attire is appropriate before you go.
One of the best ways to get around the city is on the Metro. It’s clean and safe, and it’s how many people get to and from work each day. When you’re exiting the Metro, make sure to stand on the right side of the escalator so that people can move past you on the left. Check out the Metro’s website for routes and schedules.
If you plan to have a car in D.C., be aware that traffic can be very heavy and parking can be difficult and parking costs can be high. That said, there are great weekend trips you can take outside the city, including some awesome hiking, and a car makes those much easier.