Are you thinking about moving to Washington D.C.? You should!
It's the Capital of the Nation, there's a great job market, lots of culture (museums, arts, restaurants, theater, monuments, history, etc.), and some revived sports teams (thanks to Stephen Strasburg's amazing debut for the Washington Nationals)
So, what's holding you back? Perhaps it's your fear that D.C. is a very dangerous city and not just the political capital but the murder capital of the nation.
Let me help put those fears to rest.
Here's an excerpt from her post:
"So is DC the murder capital of the country? This claim may have been true at one point, but that was about twenty years ago. The District went through a trying time in the early 90s, when crack cocaine took over the city and murders peaked at 479 in 1991 (an astounding 78.92 murders per 100,000 residents, Borderstan points out). But last year, there were 143 homicides in the city, continuing a decades-long downward trend. So yes, at one point the District may have had the highest murder rate in the country, but that's definitely not the case now."
One neat little application I've found for exploring your way around D.C. neighborhoods is an iPhone app called "AreYouSafe Washington DC." They call themselves the "Geiger counter for crime."
Here's a screenshot:
Using the GPS in your iPhone, this application links to detailed police crime statistics for your location within the city.
Alternatively, you can always check out the crime reports and statistics on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department website.
While D.C. does not yet hold the ranks of the safest city in the country, it's not by any means the most dangerous, and much of the crime is localized in certain neighborhoods.
Come see how wonderful a place D.C. really is... to work, to play, and to live...