Frequently Asked Questions about Washington DC
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Expats moving to Washington DC are sure to have queries and concerns about their soon-to-be home. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about life in the US capital.
Is Washington DC safe?
Washington DC may have more crime than expats would expect as the capital of the US. This is largely due to the disproportionate distribution of wealth in the city. Safety precautions, as taken in any cosmopolitan centre, should be used to minimise risks. Expats should be vigilant taking the metro late at night.
How do I find cheap accommodation in Washingon DC?
Although the cost of renting property is very high in DC, it can also be easy to find affordable short-term rentals at certain times of the year. There's a large student population in DC that usually vacates for the summer. Sub-letting apartments over university holidays is a cheap means of first renting apartments in the city. Universities also often rent out unused student housing during the summer months.
What is the job market like in DC?
The largest employer in Washington DC is the US government. However, there are also opportunities in sectors like defence contracting, lobbying, non-profit organisations and publishing.
What is the weather like in DC?
Summer months of July and August get extremely humid with temperatures hovering around 86°F (30°C). The winter is coldest during December and January when temperatures can drop to freezing. There's also occasional snowfall during this time.