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Moving House to USA – A City Guide to Washington DC

A shared language, greater job opportunities, retirement, or the excitement of moving to a new country are among the many reasons why a number of UK citizens organise moving house to the USA every year. And, Florida, New York, Washington and San Francisco are among the top city destinations to move to.

There are several reasons why people organise removals to USA to settle in Washington. It is an attractive, cultural city, with plenty to do all year round from visiting the many museums and monuments, to enjoying the arts including ballet, theatre and classical music.

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Best Places to Live in Washington

If you are moving to Washington, the district has a number of furnished and unfurnished houses and serviced apartments to rent. Among some of the best ranked neighbourhoods include the centrally located Woodland/Normanstone Terrace which is ideal for families and professionals. This upmarket area is considered quiet and safe and has some of the city’s best houses.

Another peaceful, desirable (and pricy location) is Kalorama Heights, in the northwest of the city, where many embassies are located. Alternatively, the historic neighbourhood of Georgetown with its old colonial buildings is another desirable place to live, as is Dupont Circle, which enjoys lots of green space and a lively nightlife with plenty of bars and restaurants. Cleveland Park, also in the northwest, has an international school and benefits from being a self-sufficient neighbourhood with a number of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Working in Washington

Washington, which is home to 659,000 people, swells to one million during the week as people commute to the capital to work. A large number of employees are in business related and professional positions, and the city has a relatively low unemployment rate of 6 per cent. About a third of the jobs are government related posts, but a sizeable number of people are also employed in education, finance, and scientific research. In addition to this, the city is home to a number of foreign embassies and international organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It also has a substantial tourist industry. Nannies and au pairs are very much sought after in Washington and can command high wages (although most households usually employ an American nanny because of the immigration laws).

Schools in Washington

If you are moving to Washington with children, the city has a number of public, private and international schools. Among some of the international schools is the British School of Washington, which takes pupils from ages 2 to 18 years. Other good schools include Washington International School, which has an excellent reputation, and the District of Columbia International School, which is available for middle to high school pupils and offers advanced language classes in Mandarin, French or Spanish.

Shopping in Washington

If you like to hunt down a bargain, Eastern Market on Capitol Hill is a great starting point and has various food stalls, as well as antique stalls, artwork, and craft items. Other well frequented shopping areas include Georgetown, where you will also find some upmarket clothes shops, as well as U Street and Adams Morgan.

If you like the comfort of indoor shopping centres, head to Pentagon City Metro Station and Tyson Corner Metro Station, or for department store shopping, Macy’s at Metro Center is a popular place to shop.

Brief History of Washington

In 1790, Congress gave the go-ahead for a national capital to be established on the Potomac River, and a new city, named after President George Washington, was built. By the end of the 19th century, the city saw a major population spurt, and increased spending in the 1930’s saw further expansion with the building of various museums and government buildings.

Places to Visit in Washington

Washington, which attracts around 19 million visitors a year, is a cultural city with several museums, theatres and art galleries. The National Mall, downtown, is where many of the attractions are based including The White House, several memorials including the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, as well as the Natural History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of African Art, and the Air and Space Museum.

Other places of interest include the zoo, the cathedral, and the Library of Congress, the largest library facility in the world. In addition to this, various festivals take place year round, including Cultural Tourism in May, where you can visit each of the embassies and find out about their countries, and free Shakespeare performances are held in the summer.

Food in Washington

Restaurant food in Washington is extremely diverse, from Ethiopian cuisine with spicy stews and sautéed dishes, to high end restaurants. You’ll also find sausage stalls aplenty and you’ll never be short of glamorously decorated cupcakes, which have had a recent publicity boost thanks to various American TV shows.

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