Percent holding advanced degrees: 33.4
Median household income:$82,372
While Washington D.C. is not a state, the nation’s capital is where most spending decisions are made for the federal government. The U.S. government purchases more technological equipment and services that any other entity, encouraging many industries to establish a presence in the district. Almost 50 Fortune 500 companies and many top financial institutions have locations here.
The district is home to a number of colleges and universities, including five research universities. One of these, Georgetown University, founded in 1787, is among the oldest in the nation. The George Washington University has the largest enrollment in the District and offers over 240 graduate degrees. Most GW graduates tend to remain in the Mid-Atlantic area.