4 Things to Consider Before Relocating to DC

If you are planning a relocation, be it for professional, personal, or health reasons, you probably already know that it’s likely not going to be a super smooth transition, given how many factors are generally involved in a relocation. However, what if we told you that relocations don’t necessarily have to be rocky either?

That’s precisely what we are going to help you with, by simply pointing out the four most important factors everyone should consider before relocating to a new city, or even before choosing the right city, which in this case is, of course, the capital itself.

Job Prospects

If you are planning to move to a new city, you really need to make sure that it has either of the following two factors going in your favor:

  • It should have a high employment rate for the kind of work you do if you are moving there in search of a job

or

  • It should be a city where you are moving in after landing a job there with a significant pay boost over your current income

A good example of the latter would be the capital itself, as the average income of the city’s residents is significantly above the national average, as well as the average income in most other major cities such as Philadelphia, New York City, or even Los Angeles for that matter. On the other hand, considering that DC is an expensive city to live in, and it doesn’t enjoy the best employment rates, relocating without an assured job opportunity is not advised.

Accommodation: Rent and Availability

If the rent and your income are at odds, then it’s not the right city to move into. A relocation decision can only be supported by practical reasoning e.g. if you are earning enough to not just make rent but making enough to pay rent, lead a good life, and make some savings.

Availability is the second most important factor here, since depending on the demand for apartments  in the city, the rent will vary accordingly. If you are considering a move to Washington, D.C. then the good news is that you can find furnished apartments via companies like Blueground. You will find their apartments in the most sought-after areas of the city. Staying with Blueground also means having access to a guest app, where guests can manage their property details, request cleaning, maintenance and many other complementary services.

Health

If you are relocating on account of health, or if you would simply like to live in a major city which isn’t as polluted as most of them are, DC can indeed be a superb option. There are urban parks in all parts of the metropolitan, and wherever in the city you may choose to stay, chances are that you will always be at a walking distance from one of the many beautiful parks DC has dedicated a large section of its land to.

If you are a working professional who can’t really move into the country, then the capital might be your best bet at finding the healthiest environment in any major US city. Even if you get stuck in the traffic once in a while, the parks will always give you the piece of nature we all need in our lives. Speaking of traffic, know that it’s unfortunately not that great; in fact, it is the worst in the United States! Then again, DC is also the fourth most walkable city, so if health is on your mind, then just be sure to pick an apartment close enough to the workplace, and you will be able to walk to most places you need to be at without too much trouble at all.

Education

In terms of higher education and advanced professional education, Washington DC is among the top ten US cities. The high school scene is pretty good also, with excellent public schools being the highlights of Washington DC’s education system.

Popular Universities

  • University of Maryland
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • American University

Popular High-Schools

  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
  • Poolesville High School
  • Winston Churchill High School

Admittedly, there are better cities to move into if education for yourself or for your children is a priority above all else, but there’s no shortage of quality education in the city.

At the end of it all, you can’t really expect all the things that are to be expected from a relocation, because none of us can really see the future! There could always be unforeseen situations to handle, but with these tips in mind, you have just whittled down the chances of that happening quite significantly.

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