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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. Has the 11th Highest Murder Rate in the Nation

The deadly weekend in Chicago is the most recent indication of the soaring violence in the city. There have been 614 murders in the city so far this year — more than in New York and Los Angeles combined and the highest number in over a decade. Nationwide, while the number of homicides declined for […]

Washington D.C. is America’s 2nd Richest City

U.S. median household income rose to $56,516 in 2015, an increase of $2,800, or 5.2% over 2014 levels. Despite it being the largest percentage increase since 1998, median household income remains lower than it was in 2007 when adjusted for inflation. Whether an American is likely to make more or less than the national median […]

Washington D.C. is America’s 15th Most Dangerous City

The FBI reported Monday that 1,197,704 violent crimes were committed in 2015, up 3.9% from 2014. Violent crime rates are by no means uniform across the country. Some of the nation’s cities are far more dangerous than others. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates in major U.S. cities from the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime […]

Washington D.C. Has the 9th Lowest Poverty Rate in America

The number of Americans living in poverty fell by 3.5 million to 13.5% of the population in 2015. While the poverty rate is the lowest since 2008, it is still higher than pre-recession levels. More than 43 million Americans still live in poverty. And while financial hardship exists in every city, some areas have much […]

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