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Why Washington DC Residents Live Longer Than the Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metro area, life expectancy is 80.4 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Nationwide, women live an […]

Why Washington D.C. Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area spends 34.4 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 29.8 minutes. Washington residents have the shortest commute of any metro area in District of Columbia. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

Washington D.C. Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 13.1% of adults in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 15.8% statewide smoking rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. Approximately one in every five deaths, or more than […]

Why Washington D.C. Has the 5th Highest Robbery Rate

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

Washington D.C. No More Crowded Than the Average U.S. City

There are 6,388 people per square mile in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, roughly similar to the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There tends to be more demand for available real estate in more […]

Why Washington D.C. is One of the Most Expensive Housing Markets

A typical home in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area costs $401,500, more than the national median home value of $194,500. Home values in the metro area may also be augmented by the health of the local job market. People often relocate for occupational reasons, and an area with lower unemployment is more likely to have more […]

Washington D.C. is in the Best 10% of Cities for Single Mothers

Raising children on a single income is no easy feat, and single mothers in the United States struggle more than almost any other group of Americans. Still, some cities are easier for single mothers trying to make ends meet — and some cities are far worse. The costs of housing, food, childcare, and education give […]

Washington D.C. is Among the Happiest Cities in America

Well-being captures the happiness of individuals. Happier workers are often more productive, and a healthy economy can improve the well-being of residents. Measuring well-being is a complex process, and the well-being of populations varies tremendously across the United States. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed polling company Gallup’s 2015 Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures the well-being of […]

Washington D.C. is the 2nd Richest City in America

U.S. median household income increased in 2014 to $53,657, an increase of roughly $600 from the previous year. Still, U.S. incomes have yet to recover to pre-recession levels. Adjusting for inflation, U.S. 2014 median income was still below its 2009 level. Periods of recession and economic boom have an impact on the overall wealth of […]

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