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Metro Area Population: 5,290,400
In 2006, Expansion Magazine ranked D.C. among the top 10 metropolitan areas in the nation for favorable business expansion.
Washington D.C. has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs. Washington D.C. has a growing industry unrelated to government, especially in the areas of education, finance, and scientific research.
Washington D.C.'s cost of living is 65.92% higher than the U.S. average. The Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria Metro Areas cost of living is 32.81% higher than the U.S. average.
Based on Sperling's BestPlaces, Washington D.C.'s income per capita is $35,080, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $47,626. The Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria Metro Area's income per capita is $35,985. The median household income is $71,470.
The average one-way commute in Washington D.C., takes 33 minutes. The area is often cited as having the worst traffic in the nation. However, Washington boasts the second-highest rate of commuters who utilize public transportation, the Metrorail and metrobus system. Three major airports service the area: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Universities in or near Washington DC that offer post-baccalaureate degrees: (* = satellite campus; Partial listing)