Why Do Research in D.C.?

For great research, start in a great city.

The greater Washington area is one of the most valuable markets in the country when it comes to research. Comprised of Washington, DC and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs, it's the fifth largest U.S. metro area, with over 6 million regional residents. It's a thriving area, leading the nation in job growth for the past 20 years. It's proud to own one of the most efficient mass transit systems in the nation and is served by three major airports, making it one of the most accessible destinations you'll find. But there's so much more to Washington that you and your clients should be aware of:

  • Economic Strength and Stability
    • In the last decade, the greater Washington economy has grown by 25% - more than any other major metropolitan area
    • 5th largest regional economy in the U.S.
    • Added 285,000 jobs in the last decade, more than any other region of the country
    • Highest median household income in the country
    • Home to six of the wealthiest counties in the U.S.
  • Education
    • 47% of the workforce has a bachelor's degree
    • 22% has a graduate or professional degree
    • Home to 6 of the 10 most educated counties in the U.S.
    • Highest concentration of college students in the country: 90 per 1,000 residents
    • More than 50 colleges and universities are located in the region
  • Business
    • Huge diversity in private businesses and industries - less than one-fifth of the population works for the federal government
    • Home to 18 Fortune 500 company headquarters
    • More Inc. 500 fastest-growing private businesses than any other region in the country, a record held for 14 consecutive years
    • More than 300,000 scientists, engineers and computer professionals live in the DC area
    • Significant numbers of physicians and lawyers per capita
    • Home to the world's third largest concentration of bioscience companies and a leader in human genome research
    • Ranked #2 on the 2009 list of America's Top 25 High-Tech Cities
  • Population
    • 1.2 million bilingual residents
    • 49% of the market is Caucasian, 25% is African American, 14% is Hispanic and Latino, 9% is Asian, and 3% is categorized as "other"
  • Culture
    • More than 80 theatre companies
    • Six major professional sports teams
    • Over 8,000 bars and restaurants
    • By the time you've gotten down this far on the list, you may have realized that it's a myth that the Washington, DC area is entirely focused on government.
    • With 234,000 acres of parkland and 800 miles of bikeways, more free attractions than any other U.S. metro area and, of course, the museums and monuments, each time you bring your business to the DC area, you'll find something new and different to explore.
Why Do Research in D.C.?