: 5.5 percent Median annual income
: $106,100 Average rent
: 1bd, $1,709/mo.; 2bd, $1,763/mo.
The cost of living here is higher than most other cities on this list, but so is the average income. A fatter paycheck isn't the only reason to move to Washington -- the city is home to fantastic restaurants, museums, and nightlife. The federal government is one of the city's biggest employers, but other growing industries include technology, professional and business services, international business, and hospitality.
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