Haven't yet seen Washington, DC -- so here it is. 7 Pros: Simply stellar food. If you want Peruvian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Korean, Salvadorian, and anything else, we've got it all in prices from $5 hole-in-the-wall to $500 lobbyist specials. No need to own a car to get to most of the stuff worth getting to. A surprising sense of identity for such a transient town. Jobs & economy. It's a company town... and that company is the federal government. Snow in the winter, heat & sun in the summer, mild but occasionally surprising autumn & spring. No end of nightlife, with varied abundance. High chick-to-dude ratio. Three international airports, each adequately served by public transportation. Cons: Congressional control of local budget. Those nine folks killed by the train crash last June? Let's just say it wasn't for lack of awareness that there was a problem. People from all over the world end up here... and it shows in their driving habits. If roadtripping through the area, avoid the Beltway between the hours of 5am and 10pm. Too many Type-A folks. My 623 sq ft apartment two blocks north of the city limits just got the rent cranked up to $1486/month. Being the capital of the free world is pretty awesome, but it attracts certain elements that one really doesn't need in everyday life. I'm looking at you, large slow tourist families and dumbass hippy protester toolbags. Stand right, walk left, don't wear your new "FBI" ballcaps until you get back home to Nebraska.