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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to the Washington, DC Metro Area (DMV)

Happy April! Though this month may be more well known for its showers and flowers, it is also the start of moving season. Millions of Americans move every year, and most do so between the months of April and September. I’m not planning on moving this year, but I wanted to write this to help those of you who may be considering a move to the DC area. I’ve lived here for about 5 years, and I’ve lived in DC, MD, and VA. So, I’ve gotten the full experience!


First, I want to note that I moved here fresh out of college, and I’d lived in a slightly rural, slightly suburban part of Delaware my whole life. So, I didn’t have a ton of exposure to what city living entailed. I have divided things I wish I knew into two parts: The People and The Places.


PART 1: THE PEOPLE


#1: The People are DIVERSE

So many people from the around the country and world move to the DC area. This is a great place to learn about different cultures and try new foods. With different cultures celebrated here, there is also a lot of space for everyone to be successful.


#2 The People are HEALTHY

The DMV has introduced me to many ways to both eat good food and be healthy. For example, I was not a salad girl until I worked near a Sweetgreen. It’s an overpriced salad, yes. But it taught me that I can enjoy eating salad and it can fill me up. And that is honestly lifechanging because I would have never guessed! If you are wanting to live healthy, look out for the little habits of the people in the DMV.


#3 The People are READY FOR LOVE

In March 2021, Apartmentlist.com ranked Washington, DC 3rd best city for singles with Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA also coming in the top 10 places for singles. Coming from a smaller place, my dating options definitely improved when moving to the DMV.


PART 2: THE PLACES


#4 The places are often METRO ACCESSIBLE

Riding the metro is a great option for going into the city and not having to find and pay for parking or do any of the difficult driving that can comes with being in the city. It can be tricky to get used to though.


The first thing to know is that the metro usually operates well during peak times where people are going to and from work. In off peak hours and on the weekends, it will run slower. I captured my example below during peak hours on a weekday, the train was running every 20 minutes, that is really not that quick. Always build in extra time to get to your destination when riding the metro.


Finally, if you are someone who lives outside of the city and will have to drive to and park at a metro station, in off peak hours especially, it is helpful to drive to a metro with multiple lines that pass through it like East Falls Church, VA (Orange and Silver Line) or Fort Totten (Red, Yellow, and Blue line). In the example below you see how a metro station with one line provides two options, 5 minutes or 25 minutes, and the metro station with two lines provides three options less than 25 minutes, 0 minutes, 12 minutes, and 21 minutes. You will spend less time waiting for the train using the second option.


Metro Station with One Line

Metro Station with Two Lines


#5 There are many GREAT NATURE SPOTS A SHORT TRIP AWAY

The city is fast paced. When wanting a break from it, there are many options nearby. Virginia has Great Falls Park (about 30 mins from the city) and Shenandoah National Park (about 1 hours and 45 mins from the city), and Maryland has Billy Goat Trail (about 30 mins from the city) and Annapolis Rock (about an hour from this a lot to know and love about the DC metro area. I’ve had good career success here, met an awesome partner, and learned so much about myself and the world. I don’t plan to stay forever, but I’m planning to continue enjoying it while I’m here. What is something you’d tell people if they were moving to your home town or metro area? DMV people, did I miss anything?


Deuteronomy 28:3 NIV: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
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