Best Places to Live

Washington , DC

Population: 647,484

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Aside from what House of Cards will have you believe, D.C. is not all politics; it also has an incredible startup scene. While you might not recognize the brands as quickly as you would in Austin or Seattle, D.C.’s entrepreneurs are paving the way for our next generation of America’s business leaders.

Business Growth (2011-2015): 8%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 10%