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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 2.9    Calmness: 2.7    Helpfulness: 2.9   
Intellectualness: 4.4    Neatness: 3.6    Outgoingness: 3.0   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.24    Calmness: 3.04    Helpfulness: 2.96   
Intellectualness: 3.12    Neatness: 3.42    Outgoingness: 3.12   

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Name: | Age: 37 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 22044 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2005-12-30
Artisticness: 1   Calmness: 4   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 5   Neatness: 5   Outgoingness: 4   
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What do you like about Washington DC?
Good climate, close to national parks, lots of green space and public places.

What do you dislike about Washington DC?
Too many transient residents and migrants. The housing market has become dysfunctional, and it is almost impossible to afford a house in an increasing number of neighborhoods. Also, the DC arts community is virtually dead at this point.

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
Silver Spring, Tenley Circle, Nat'l Arboretum

How expensive is it?
Very expensive.

Is it safe?
Average for a large city, with lots of variation between neighborhoods.

How is the weather?
Excellent. Mild winters and hot summer. Lots of rain makes for beautiful verdant vegetation and great gardening. Unlike the NW, rains comes in short dramatic thunderstorms, instead of constant drizzle. Long Spring and Autumns. With the right clothes, it is outdoor weather 12 months out of the year.

Additional thoughts?
The city is becoming increasingly divided between rich white professional migrants and middle-class white and black natives. Local residents and businesses are being pushed out by redevelopment plans intended to bring in chain businesses and transient residents.


Name: | Age: 20 | Gender: Female | ZIP: | Resident for: 5-10 years | Added on: 2007-06-29
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 2   Intelligence: 5   Neatness: 2   Outgoingness: 4   
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DC is a great place. People here are very focused on their careers and their own advancement, but I find that people are generally friendly. It still is a bit southern in that respect, but it's quite liberal in general. The thing about DC is that it feels like there's always something happening (but not in an overwhelming way like in New York) - of course political developments are always going on, but there are also continuous cultural events, art exhibits, theatrical performances... anything you can think of. If you love politics, history, and culture, you'll love living here.

The District and its suburbs in Virginia and Maryland are extremely fast-growing areas. Housing is very very difficult to find, and it's quite expensive. Most people have to live in the suburbs and commute via very congested roads or the very reliable/useful metro. There are plenty of jobs here, especially in the political, non-profit, and business sectors. The Virginia suburbs now are practically their own self-sustaining communities with their own economies that are less and less connected to DC, so there are plenty of service jobs that cater to the rich of northern Virginia. Honestly though there are WAY too many people here, and people keep spreading farther and farther out. While a lot of the areas are becoming extremely generic thanks to suburban sprawl, there are still tons of cute and authentic areas like Falls Church, Vienna, and parts of Arlington.

People here are generally very preppy and politically moderate. I went to middle and high school here and even moderately "alternative" scenes were hard to find. Such is life in a town of ambitious, career-driven people. But things are picking up. The city is quickly becoming more diverse in terms of background, political views, and music scene, and has long been ethnically diverse.

Nightlife here is fun. There are tons of places to go with completely different flavors, but it takes a while to understand the nuances of the DC scene. Edgy clubs and lounges will occupy one street in an otherwise dangerous neighborhood. Tourists are obsessed with Georgetown, which is really just an expensive and boring (but pleasant) bustling area with a lot of high-end bars and restaurants. There are a number of clubs around Chinatown/Verizon Center, as well as a lot of upscale chain restaurants. More hipster places include Adams Morgan and U St. where there is always something crazy happening. There are lots of artsy nightlife events, like After Hours at the Hirshhorn Museum or French culture nights sponsored by l'Alliance Francaise at hip lounges. Simpler places include bars on Capitol Hill. Going out in DC requires planning though, because the centers of action are pretty far from each other.

All in all, DC is a great place. It's quickly growing and it's already swamped. Most people who live here aren't from here, which gets irritating to people like me. A lot of people come here from the middle of nowhere hoping to break into politics and become the next star on Capitol Hill. And there are tourists everywhere. If you're considering moving here, visit for a a few days and after you see the sites get to know the real DC. It's much more than CSPAN - it has its own culture which tourists and even people who move here rarely discover.


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