Best known as the nation’s capital, Washington, DC is a global seat of power. But to expand your view, look beyond the Capitol dome and the White House to see a vibrant city providing the resources your business needs to be successful. Unlike any other city or place, a Washington address, and the access it provides, offers your business, non-profit, or association added credibility with clients, investors and other stakeholders. It also offers the unique advantage and prestige of being located in the ‘Capital of the World’.
A City Leading the Nation
1st in the world for foreign real estate investment (Forbes)
The #1 retail market in the United States in 2009 and 2010 (Marcus & Millichap)
1st in average household incomes ($111,000) among the nation’s 17 largest metro markets
1st among metro areas for the largest number of fastest-growing private companies in America (Inc.)
The #1 choice for young professionals to move to (The Wall Street Journal)
2nd for US long term real estate markets (Forbes) The 2nd Strongest (US) Economy for 2010 by the economic research group Policom Corp and has been rated in the top 3 for the last seven years
The 4th best city for quality of living in the United States and the best city in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Mercer Survey)
Access to Decision Makers
The District of Columbia provides access to decision makers at the highest levels of government. Home to the White House, Congress and every major federal agency, your business will have unparalleled access to the country’s most influential leaders.
In addition to the federal presence, the District contains more than 170 international embassies, a dozen major research institutions and more association headquarters than any other city in the country.
A Bright Future
The District of Columbia has transformed itself in recent years into a national leader for urban policy and development. Crime has dropped dramatically and the public school system has become a national model for innovative practices. As the city’s quality of life has improved, DC’s population has grown beyond 600,000 residents for the first time in decades.
Access to International & National Markets
The District of Columbia is served by three international airports with direct flight access to dozens of US markets and over 40 international markets.
A major hub for regional bus and train networks in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions, DC is serviced by Amtrak, VRE, Marc, Megabus, Greyhound, Boltbus and more.
The city’s sophisticated mass transit network includes:
- Metrorail - with more than 700,000 daily riders it is the 2nd largest system in terms of ridership in the United States
- Metro Bus
- The Circulator - rapid bus service
- Streetcar (coming in 2011)
- DC Bike Share - citywide bike sharing program
- Water Taxis
- Car sharing programs
A Highly Educated Workforce
A Highly Educated Workforce
A magnet for attracting highly-educated professionals, Greater Washington boasts the highest percentage of postgraduate degrees and double-degree households in the nation. Forbes magazine has declared it the most educated of the top 200 largest cities in the US.
Over 47% of DC’s workforce holds bachelor’s degree and over 26% hold a graduate or professional degree. The District is also an international center of education with an extensive list of highly regarded universities and colleges (see below).
- American University
- The Catholic University of America
- Corcoran College of Art and Design
- Gallaudet University
- The George Washington University
- Georgetown University
- Howard University
- Strayer University
- Trinity Washington University
- University of the District of Columbia
- Wesley Theological Seminary
- Columbus School of Law (CUA)
- David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC)
- The George Washington University Law School
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Howard University School of Law
- Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University)
- Washington College of Law (American University)
- Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Dominican House of Studies)
- Institute of World Politics
- International Circle of Faith Colleges and Seminaries
- Washington Theological Union
- National Defense University
- National War College
- National Defense Intelligence College
- Graduate School, USDA