Washington : Washington d.c.


What It Is Like to Retire in Washington

Washington, D.C., the Nation's Capital, is a tremendous place for people who want to retire in an urban lifestyle. It is expensive, but there are many beautiful neighborhoods and always something to see or do. Particularly for people who have spent their careers here, the idea of retiring to Washington is very appealing.

Where to Retire in Washington and Home Prices

The NAR reported that the median selling price of a home in the Washington/Alexandria/Arlington Metro was $498,100 in the first quarter of 2021. Homes within the city itself undoubtedly typically sell for much more.  There are CCRCs and assisted living facilities in the city and active communities in the surrounding area (look under northern Virginia and Maryland communities for more).


What Is Special about Washington

Washington is the center of the political universe.  It has amazing museums and countless free sources of entertainment. The Cherry Blossom Festival and Presidential Inaugurations are very special.

What Is Not Special about Washington

Washington has a lot of urban poor clustered in many neighborhoods. The wealthy and the young urban types have an uneasy existence with the poor - and vice versa. There is a great deal of crime.

Who Will Like Retirement in Washington

Retirees who want to live in a vibrant cultural center with universities, museums, transportation and health care, and in the heart of politics, would enjoy living here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Not surprisingly, the US Government keeps this town running. But tourists and conventions keep it hopping too.

Climate and Physical Environment

Summers are hot and humid and winters, while milder than the northeast, can experience big snowstorms. Washington is on the Potomac River sandwiched between Maryland and Virginia.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Washington is bursting with museums, historical attractions, and interesting restaurants. The Smithsonian has quite a few great museums such as the Hirschorn which charge no admission and have wonderful attractions.  Seeing the government in action with various tours of its operations such as Congress are fascinating and free. Every kind of cuisine is represented.


Depending on the area, crime is very high in much of Washington, D.C.

Medical Facilities

There are many great hospitals especially the one at George Washington Univ.


One of the best things about Washington is its mass transit system. The Metro runs through parts of the city with convenient service, including a short trip to Reagan Airport. Bus service is good as well. Dulles International Airport is not as convenient  (and goofy transport system to gates), offers flights all over the world. Amtrak in beautiful Union Station goes about anywhere, especially NY.

Valuable Links

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What people are saying about Washington

Medical Care Available in Washington/St. Georgel, UT
Can any Top Retirement members discuss the medical care situation in Washington/St. George, UT?
Posted by rferrazz on April 04, 2022
Dear Log Cabin Lady, Good to hear from you, thanks for taking the time. We'll heed your suggestion and give Duchesne a look, as well as your MLS listing. Since you are sad to leave, if I may ask, why are you?
Posted by New Chapter on September 13, 2012
Utah retirement
Try Duchesne , Utah , weather less extreme and small town living , close to other towns with more to do and good health facilities in Roosevelt. Great place to retire. Have lovely log home we have to sell there mls1086831 , but hate having to leave!
Posted by logcabinlady on September 12, 2012

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