Originally Posted by Connemara
Thanks for this (and thanks to everyone else who has responded).
Do most young professionals actually live within the D.C. city limits? Or do many live in VA/MD?
Both really. A lot live in DC, but many are in nova also - the Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Va Square, and Ballston areas are pretty popular, growing quickly, and have all the benefits of living in the city, except this highest end restaurants, clubs, and obviously museums/etc. Keep in mind that living in one of those areas is really no less convenient, or really all that different than living in the city given the great transportation and the decent restaurants and whatnot. Living near Clarendon, has actually been more convenient to me that living in Georgetown in terms of getting to work (which is downtown), though I still prefer the latter.
I don't know anyone young who lives in MD and works downtown. Nova is simply more integrated into the city.
I've heard that Crystal City is considered by many to be a pretty cheap area that is still convenient to the city, but I don't know much about it, and doubt I'll explore. Less convenient than the aforementioned places in VA, and not as nice.