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    Need advice on moving to Washington DC

    I recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. I've traveled there several times and always enjoyed my time there. I have family and friends that I visit while I'm visiting. Lately, I've been thinking about moving there, mostly because I'm bored in my quiet Midwestern city. I've had a string of bad relationships for which is another reason I want to away, to have fresh start.

    I would like to get some further insight as to how much of a salary I need to earn to make it there? I'm not talking about barley getting by but living comfortably while saving money. In other words I don't want to be tight making ends meet but neither do I want to be living fancy.What's a good estimate on monthly cost of living would be?

    I have family and friends there so I would have a support system to help me out. The main reason I want to move is to have fun while I'm young and single. I want DC to be my last "hooray" before I find someone to settle down with. I've always felt I can find that person in DC. I'm currently in grad school so I won't move there until I graduate in May of 2014. With that said if anyone has insight on the job market that would be great. For now I would like to have a better idea from residents of the area that can provide me with realistic information so I can start making a plan.I appreciate the insight in helping make my decision.

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    Re: Need advice on moving to Washington DC

    From what I have read Washington, DC is one of the more expensive places to live. You may be better off living outside DC but within a short distance to DC, and save for that place inside DC. The market is tight right now, and while you can find some inexpensive homes, they generally right now tend to need a lot of work, are short sales so any repairs you will have to take care of.

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    Re: Need advice on moving to Washington DC

    Quote Originally Posted by squall View Post
    I recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. I've traveled there several times and always enjoyed my time there. I have family and friends that I visit while I'm visiting. Lately, I've been thinking about moving there, mostly because I'm bored in my quiet Midwestern city. I've had a string of bad relationships for which is another reason I want to away, to have fresh start.

    I would like to get some further insight as to how much of a salary I need to earn to make it there? I'm not talking about barley getting by but living comfortably while saving money. In other words I don't want to be tight making ends meet but neither do I want to be living fancy.What's a good estimate on monthly cost of living would be?

    I have family and friends there so I would have a support system to help me out. The main reason I want to move is to have fun while I'm young and single. I want DC to be my last "hooray" before I find someone to settle down with. I've always felt I can find that person in DC. I'm currently in grad school so I won't move there until I graduate in May of 2014. With that said if anyone has insight on the job market that would be great. For now I would like to have a better idea from residents of the area that can provide me with realistic information so I can start making a plan.I appreciate the insight in helping make my decision.
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    Living in the suburbs might be less costly than in town and living near a Metro line would be a plus.

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    Re: Need advice on moving to Washington DC

    While it's possible to live in D.C., most young people who work in the region don't live in D.C. proper, but in the suburbs in Maryland or Virginia. I would say, to live in the city, a liveable salary for a single person (living alone with no roommates) with no dependents would be around $60,000. If you're very frugal and aren't too materialistic, it's possible to live on around $40,000. Rent is the big factor here. Food, clothing, goods and services, etc. aren't much more expensive here than elsewhere in the country, especially in the suburbs, where taxes are lower and you'll find your standard chain stores you'd find anywhere else.

    It's not as ridiculous as Manhattan or San Francisco, but still one of the more expensive places to live. The good news is that there are plenty of jobs relative to the rest of the country. The unemployment rates in the surrounding suburbs are significantly lower than the national average. (It's higher in the city as you have some very disadvantaged in SW and SE.)

    There are some really nice suburban enclaves that are cheaper and are accessible to the city via car or Metro: most of Montgomery County, MD (some more "city-esque" places with bars and clubs are Bethesda, Rockville, and Chevy Chase which is an area of Maryland that bleeds into D.C.; Silver Spring is also growing more gentrified lately); Fairfax and Arlington counties in VA are also popular living spots for young people.

    Alternatively, there's Baltimore, which is growing slightly more gentrified (think Greenwich Village more recently vs. The Wire). It's cheaper to live there, and it's accessible to D.C. by car or train.
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