The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that residents of the Washington region spend more on housing and related expenses, on average, than residents of any other large metro area in the country — even famously pricey areas like New York City and San Francisco.
For some struggling to pay the rent here in the D.C. area, this came as no surprise.
FINALLY STATISTICS THAT PROVE WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING FOR THREE YEARS: life in NYC is cheaper than DC: http://t.co/pazgWMM7s4
— erin mccann (@mccanner) October 14, 2014
Well, it's official. DC has the highest housing costs in the country. Yikes. http://t.co/XNQ5Lav6S8
— Lee Turner (@akaClassy) October 14, 2014
It's more expensive to live in D.C. than New York, study says http://t.co/TGNjQSbKa5 < I tell folks the cost of living in DC is no joke.
— +h3 m!$$!0n (@Arteest1) October 14, 2014
DC most expensive place to live in the country–ahead of nyc and san fran…. coulda told you that sans a govt survey http://t.co/SBWJaMOoY4
— Emily Hatton (@e_hatton) October 13, 2014
And to this D.C. area real estate agent, it seemed obvious.
Well, if you live in DC you've know this for years, but now it's confirmed….DC is the Most Expensive City in… http://t.co/Rgym4NOIom
— Arada Grantz (@Rneighborhood) October 14, 2014
But a fellow local Realtor disagreed.
This New Yorker was skeptical.
I've been conducting a study for the past 14 years. This cannot possibly be true. http://t.co/BzjB23K0MR
— Emily Stanitz (@emilystanitz) October 14, 2014
Even those living in D.C. didn’t always believe the report.
Having lived in both cities, I'm highly dubious —-> It's more expensive to live in D.C. than New York, study says http://t.co/i0OAzPSyXd
— David Joachim, NYT (@davidjoachim) October 14, 2014
As a former Manhattanite, I don't understand how this could be true. http://t.co/vKrA24t6Xf
— Samantha Slater (@samanthaslater) October 14, 2014
— Dusk Dargent (@duskdargent) October 13, 2014
And some pointed out ways that Washington might bring those costs down.
It's almost as if banning tall buildings makes housing more expensive: http://t.co/xmPSasDJfI
— NickBaumann (@NickBaumann) October 14, 2014
Or there’s always this solution.