• Arts


    From the 16 Smithsonian Museums to the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. is home to some of the most notable arts and cultural institutions in the world. This category includes data on different types of arts organizations in the region and their comparative employment levels.


  • Demographics


    The demographics of Washington D.C. are changing. After decades of decline, the population in D.C. began to grow again in 2000. While the Hispanic population has grown in recent years, D.C. is one of the few cities where the white population has been driving growth. The unique demographic profile of the region is set forth in six indicators organized into 18 charts.


  • Economy


    As the nation’s capital, the federal government is the hub of Washington D.C.’s economy. Outside of the government, tourism is D.C.’s second largest industry and industries such as finance and scientific research have been growing in recent years. Twelve economic indicators are organized in four clusters: Job Growth, Employment and Unemployment, Gross National Product and Venture Capital.


  • Education


    Washington D.C. has consistently had one of the highest percentages of college graduates and overall level of education attainment in the nation. The level of educational attainment of a region’s population is an important measure of its potential for achievement and comparative advantage in a global environment. And Washington D.C.’s achievement rankings are available in seven separate categories.


  • Environment


    Poor air quality from traffic congestion as well as concerns over water quality in the region’s rivers are top environmental concerns for those living in the Washington D.C. metro area. The comparative environmental indicators here provide information on air quality, specifically PM 2.5 and Ozone concentrations.


  • Government


    The federal government resides in Washington D.C. And while the district has it’s own unique local government with a mayor and a council, Congress still retains the right to review and overturn laws created by the council. This comparative indicator looks specifically at each city’s most recent bond ratings.


  • Health


    Crucial public health issues in Washington D.C. mirror those facing the rest of the nation, which include high rates of diabetes and obesity. A region's overall health has far-reaching effects on other measures such as economic conditions and quality of life and this category explores issues from smoking rates to physical activity participation to health care coverage.


  • Housing


    Housing is a key quality of life issue. Historically, the Washington D.C. region has been characterized by high housing costs, and one of the highest rates of homeownership among benchmark cities. Housing indicators here take a look at homeownership rates and housing appreciation as well as other indicators such as vacancy.


  • Public Safety


    While Washington D.C. has a high crime rate across categories, crime in the rest of the region is relatively low. Public Safety indicators are available for D.C. and its benchmark regions as well as their core cities. Crime data are organized under eight different categories.


  • Transportation


    Anyone who has ever traveled on the D.C. beltway probably isn’t surprised to learn that Washington D.C. region has consistently had some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation. With a robust public transit system and high levels of ridership, the region provides steady alternatives to sitting in traffic. The transportation indicators here provide a comparative view of travel delay, road quality and vehicle operating costs.