Moving to DC? The Nation’s capitol is a charming city with historic architecture, quaint neighborhoods, and some of the most famous government institutions in the world. As the hub for national and international politics, Washington DC’s economy is driven by government jobs…and by a healthy tourism industry. Iconic symbols representing famous historical figures and events are scattered throughout the city, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Vietnam War Memorial. DC is also home to the most famous street address in the country – 1600 Pennsylvania Ave where the White House and the president of the United States resides. Students and tourists from around the world visit DC to learn about the history and political system of the United States.
DC is a city rich in job opportunities, especially in the areas of politics and government. Home to many government agencies (Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, and Department of Defense), the federal government accounts for a high percentage of DC’s jobs. Many residents are also employed by or attend one of the local universities: the University of the District of Columbia, National Defense University, Georgetown University, and the Catholic University of America.
Those who have made DC their home know there is more to the city than just politics. Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor and family-friendly activities, world class dining, theater, and shopping. Escape from the city life at one of DC’s natural parks, like Anacostia Park with 1200 acres of aquatic gardens, marshland and plenty of space for recreational activities like baseball, tennis and gold. Twice the size of New York’s Central Park, DC’s Rock Creek Park is another great place to get in touch with nature. Here you can also find nature centers, concert venues, tennis facilities that host professional events, and the National Zoo.
With one of the largest museum communities in the country, you could spend countless hours learning about a number of interesting people, place and things. See the first successful aircraft (1903 Wright Flyer) at the Air and Space Museum; dolls, dollhouses and toys of years past at the Washington Doll’s House and Toy Museum; visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – the country’s largest producer of security documents; and dive into the life of the 32nd president at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. After your history lessons for the day, relax at one of DC’s most popular spots – the Old Post Office Pavilion. Nicknamed “America’s Fun Place,” the Old Post Office Pavilion has a wide array of shops and restaurants.
Washington is a major center of the arts. With the mission statement, “American plays are our foundation and inspiration,” the Arena Stage is a not-for-profit theater promoting American classics and contemporary pieces. The Shakespeare Theatre Company is dedicated to preserving classic theater, bringing plays of years past to a modern day audience. Studio Theatre features the works of new and established artists, and has a professional training course through The Acting Conservatory. The Woolly Mammoth Theater Company had been called “Washington’s most daring theater company” by the New York Times, presenting productions based around the themes of everyday life.