The federal government represents about 30 percent of the total regional economy, down from a peak of nearly 40 percent during the Great Recession, when increased government spending helped the D.C. area weather the downturn better than most major metros.
Since January 2010, the region has added 182,000 jobs, reversing for the most part the 178,000 total lost from August 2008 to February 2010.
The region added 24,100 jobs from November 2012 to November 2013.
"A Washington Post analysis of the latest census data shows that more than a third of Zip codes in the D.C. metro area rank in the top 5 percent nationally for income and education. But what makes the region truly unusual is that so many of the high-end Zip codes are contiguous. They form a vast land mass that bounds across 717 square miles. It stretches 60 miles from its northern tip in Woodstock, Md., to the southern end in Fairfax Station, and runs 30 miles wide from Haymarket in Prince William County to the heart of the District up to Rock Creek Parkway. One in four households in the region are in a Super Zip, according to the Post analysis"
The past two years have been rough, as House Republicans, Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama dug in and combined to pass little in the way of major legislation as they all waited to see what 2012 would bring.
That answer now known, lobbyists are looking forward to the lucrative cocktail of mixed congressional control and massive legislative challenges that affect corporations, unions and special interests on big-ticket items including taxes and defense spending.
.With a high cost of living and, along with Chicago, the number-one worst traffic congestion in the country, which causes commuters to lost 70 hours a year to traffic jams, it’s clear that politics isn’t the only thing causing anxiety in our nation’s capitol. On the bright side, the metro area's unemployment rate is only 6.1%.
The DC metropolitan area leads the nation in the education level of our residents. The research confirms what many people already knew. More educated places tend to be richer ones. And D.C. is both very educated and quite rich compared to the rest of the country
Career website Indeed.com ranks Washington the top market in the nation for computer science majors looking to land a job. It also ranks the top 15 companies for hiring computer science majors and, not surprisingly, many of them are in the Washington region. Five of the top 15 companies for computer science jobs are headquartered in Washington and just about all of them have a presence here.
For yet another year, D.C. was named the most literate major city in America.
The study by Central Connecticut State University focuses on the "number of bookstores, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources, and newspaper circulation" of cities with a population of over 250,000 people. The city actually ranked outside the top ten in both the booksellers (16th) and library (15th) categories. Ranked below D.C. are Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.
You can learn a lot about a city from others’ experiences thanks to social media, whether it’s the best restaurants to eat, which neighborhoods are quietest, or even what the weather is like at any given moment.
Bob Corlett's insight:
DC is the #5 city for overall employment satisfaction - though based on the breakdown of the numbers, it's pretty neck and neck for anyone in the top five. And an even better overlooked detail: even if you expand it to the top 25 cities, DC by far has the most employers hiring.
In Bethesda, MD, 27.3 percent of the city's population has a professional or doctoral degree and 26.8 percent have a master's degree as the highest level of education. Only 1.9 percent of Bethesda's residents did not finish high school. Potomac, MD ranked No. 5 on the list.
Out with the old, in with the new? Washington leads the nation in new residents in their 20s and 30s, but many 55 and older are leaving. Over the three-year span marking the onset of the recession and the shaky recovery from it, Washington averaged an annual net gain of more than 10,000 people aged 25 to 34, more than any metro region. It was ahead of Houston, Denver, Austin and Portland, Ore. So many young adults flocked to the area while the rest of the nation struggled with mounting job losses and foreclosures that Washington soared in the census rankings for that age group from 45th before the recession to No. 1.
During that period, almost 7,000 more people 55 and older left the area than moved in, a number surpassed only by New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Washington takes perverse pride in being one of America’s most congested cities. But for really bad traffic, try Europe. Just be happy you’re not in Istanbul, or Warsaw, or Marseille. There, feel better?
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