Potential Move to DC
March 16, 2012 8:53 AM Subscribe
I am considering pursuing a lateral move to Washington, DC. I'm trying to figure out whether this is afforadable given my parameters.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work for the federal government but not in the DC metro area. If I were to apply for and get a job at my same grade and step level in VA/DC/MD metro, my salary would be $79,864 per year. Several people have told me that I will never be able to live "decently" at that salary.
I have a car payment of $260/month. I have pretty common other expenses (insurance, cell phone, internet, etc). I would want a 1BR apt (no roommate) in a safe area, and would really like to be convenient to the metro for commuting purposes. I have one cat. I am thinking Maryland might be cheaper than DC & is likely preferable to Virginia (which seems much more politically and socially conservative but I could be wrong). I live in an urban area now and I like that. I suspect that folks who have told me this potential move is not doable have more posh tastes than I do about neighborhoods but I also know this area is expensive.
Can some DC folks or people with knowledge of that area tell me what might be realistic? I am not too concerned with moving costs - I have some svaings for that and not a lot of stuff to move anyway in case relocation costs aren't paid for any potential jobs.