Washington, D.C.

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Washington’s highly educated and diverse workforce earns the metro area its No. 1 ranking in demographics. Washington also boasts an extensive urban and suburban mass transit system that contributes to almost 20 percent of commuters walking, biking, or using public transit. Despite high scores for city access and a distinctive international and political environment, the city ranks in the middle of the pack in our quality-of-life measure, which doesn’t include political gatherings as a form of entertainment.

#3 Washington, D.C.

POPULATION: 6,034,629
STUDENTS: 499,437
RANKING DETAIL:
#1 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#3 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#4 CITY ACCESS
#8 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#14 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#7 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#1 LABOR FORCE
#6 INNOVATION
#14 RENT

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