Moving from Virginia into D.C.

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The Capital Building. Credit: trolleytours.com

People who are tired of living in a rural-like state or the suburbs may consider moving from Virginia to DC. Below is everything you need to know to help you decide whether or not to make the move.

Traffic

If you think Virginia traffic is horrible, you haven’t seen anything yet. Traveling in D.C. during rush hour can be extremely difficult when it comes to being on-time. Foot traffic and car traffic are on the heavier side most of the time. To avoid traffic, leave early to get to your desired destination and avoid being late.

 

 

It's the worst!

Washington DC Traffic. Credit: Ted on flickr creative commons

 

Public Transportation

Although car traffic can get rough, there are alternatives. The D.C. Metro System is a great alternative to driving your car. Traveling by Metro involves learning train schedules and various routes. It’s best to figure out the Metro stops closest to your place of residency and work in order to leave yourself ample time to get from stop to stop.

 

 

The Dress Code

People in the workforce within D.C. most often dress professionally. Washington D.C. is home to many residents working for the federal government, or for companies/organizations that have contracts with the government. Whether it be a work place or a restaurant, dress codes can vary from Smart Casual to Cocktail.

Professional Dress. Credit: Gili Benita on Unsplash

Professional Dress. Credit: Gili Benita on Unsplash

 

Education

D.C. has great universities, most of which are private. These include the Catholic University of America (CUA), American University (AU), Gallaudet University, Georgetown University (GU), George Washington University (GW), Howard University, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

 

 

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