Washington

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The Washington, D.C., metro area, with federal offices and high concentrations of military and contractors, colleges and universities, has proved to be relatively recession-proof and yields the highest labor-force participation rate among the top 15 Major Metros. With the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, spinoff pharmaceutical companies, and countless research think tanks, the metro labor market attracts well-educated workers. A highly educated and diverse workforce is well compensated, and that pushes up average wages for all workers. These high incomes in turn push up rental costs. The area boasts an extensive urban and suburban mass transit system that contributes to almost 20 percent of commuters walking, biking, or using public transit. 

#1 Washington

POPULATION: 5,938,751
RANKING DETAIL:
#3 EARNINGS
#14 RENT
#6 UNEMPLOYMENT
#1 LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION

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DEMOGRAPHIC

#1 EDUCATION
#3 DIVERSITY

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QUALITY OF LIFE

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

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