At the federal level, residents of Washington DC are deprived of their political rights, since city residents do not have voting representation in Congress, although they elect a general delegate of Congress in the U. S. House of Representatives that has no voting authority. Scott Peters, Democrat from San Diego, faces an unprecedented political environment in Washington.
KPBS reporter Erik Anderson spoke to Peters about his priorities for the 115th Congress. The District of Columbia is the country's capital and is home to thousands of federal government employees, military personnel, members of Congress, K Street lobbyists, foreign diplomats, and many other politicians. It's not all checks and balances; it's also a great place for singles and families, food lovers, sports fanatics, digital nomads, and young professionals alike. If you're thinking of moving to the District, you're sure to find a lot to explore. In exchange for being one of the most expensive cities in the country, D.
C. is considered to be one of the best places to live in the United States. Who wouldn't want to be close to the seat of world power? In addition to all employees related to the government, there is a population of highly educated, high-income workers in the health, higher education, technology, tourism and hospitality sectors, and other industries. Even so, you have to be prepared for many discussions to be dominated by politics, making it seem a little difficult to escape what is happening in the White House or Congress. Unfortunately, the flip side of the incredible skyline view is that it has led to crazy real estate prices.
The income tax rate in D. is significantly higher than for residents of Maryland and Virginia, where rates peak at 5.75% and 5.30%, respectively. Sales taxes in all three areas are around 6%, but in Washington D. C., it's 6%.
And for travelers who drive, while D. and Maryland drivers pay about 34 and 43 cents per gallon in gas taxes respectively; Virginians hit the road with a more affordable tax of 28 cents per gallon. When you move to D. C., you most likely live in Northern Virginia or the suburbs of Maryland instead of the District itself. There is a dynamic relationship between the city and the suburbs across state borders, which is not often seen in other regions.
In fact, many locals refer to the expanded area as the DMV (District-Maryland-Virginia). While more than 5.4 million people live in the D. Metropolitan Area, just over 670,000 reside in the District of Columbia proper. Workers travel from Maryland and Northern Virginia in search of more room and more affordable housing prices, although the value of homes in the nearest suburbs will still leave you breathless. Young professionals are attracted to living in D.
C., while families tend to go to the suburbs. In fact, the DMV extends from north Frederick Maryland to south Spotsylvania Virginia (yes it's a real city). The Washington D. winters are milder than other cities in the northeast with average daily temperatures that rarely fall below 20 degrees and highs especially in 40s; with an average snowfall of just 14 inches but there are a lot of cloudy days and a lot of rain. It has the second highest percentage of passengers on public transport in the country suggesting that many residents choose to let someone else drive; after all getting around D. C by car can be difficult from crowded downtown streets that seem always going one way wrong direction to daily traffic jams on ring road.
The 64-mile Capital Beltway formed by Interstate 495 surrounds city and crosses suburbs of Maryland and Virginia hence term “inside ring road”; it's no surprise that so many opt for Washington Metro which can take you almost anywhere city on six color-coded train lines that reach 97 stations and extend Virginia and Maryland with easy access Dulles Reagan domestic airports however while system practical it's often cluttered peak times. The WMATA also operates more than 1 500 buses along 270 routes; Maryland's MARC regional train offers commuter service on three lines that depart from Washington Union Station and extend locations Maryland such Baltimore BWI Airport; Union Station is Amtrak's second busiest station country southern terminal Northeast Corridor line. While there are safe neighborhoods live Washington D. C scattered throughout District many located Northwest areas adjacent Bethesda Chevy Chase Silver Spring do you want know about specific neighborhood? Use this heat map Metropolitan Police Department...