The IMF Headquarters is located in the heart of the commercial district of Washington, D.C. Over 90 percent of our staff work at headquarters and live in the District of Columbia or in the nearby suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. The DC metropolitan area has one of the most highly developed public transportation networks in the U.S., and the Fund's headquarters are located within a 10-minute walk of three subway lines.
Washington is not only the base of the U.S. government, but is also home to numerous international organizations, embassies, academic institutions, think-tanks, and national and international non-profit organizations. The DC metropolitan area is a hub for the practice of various types of law, as well as for the high-tech, bio-tech and defense industries.
Washington is known not only for its monuments and museums, but also for its diverse population, cultural offering and green spaces. With professional baseball, football, basketball, ice hockey and soccer teams, the DC area is popular with sports fans. Nature lovers will find numerous state and national parks, mountains, rivers and seashore all within a 3-hour drive. Theatre and music enthusiasts will find several local entertainment venues and can enjoy the fact that New York City is only a 4-hour train ride away. While many young professionals appreciate the fact that the city's singles population is well above the U.S. national average, families with children will also find a wide variety of activities.
For more information about the city, neighborhoods and events, see About DC.com.
Cost of Living in Washington, DC
The cost of living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is relatively high. Employees relocating to Washington from other parts of the U.S. may find this cost-of-living calculator or this one helpful in comparing costs at their current location to Washington.
This report from the U.S. Department of Labor will help employees relocating from outside the U.S. gain an understanding of what a typical American household spends on various categories of expenses. The web sites below provide more specific information about the average cost of these major expenses in the Washington, D.C. metro area:
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• Private schools