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The Real Second City in the United States

The Winter 2013 issue of City Journal recently issued a warning to Chicago, crowning DC "America's Real Second City." The piece points to Washington's "economic power and national importance" noting it out-performed Chicago and LA (current and former "second cities") on a number of key metrics.

Top 5 Reasons Why Washington D.C. is #2

1. Employment

A higher than average median income and many government jobs make this a desirable city, along with the 5.2% unemployment rate, which is incredibly low compared to many other cities.

2. Festivals Year Round

DC is known as the Festival Capital of America and there’s always something going on here from the National Book Festival in the fall to the Passport DC festival in the spring. The majority of the festivals are free -- contributing to DC's allure.

3. Top Chefs Flock to DC

Washington D.C. has become the home of many incredible restaurants, started by some of the top chefs in the country including Carla Hall, Mike Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn and Timothy Dean.

4. Education

The past two years have seen DC ranked as the most literate city in the nation as well as serving as the home of more residents with college degrees than any other major city, according to a Brookings Study.

5. Bike-Friendly

With the environment on everybody's mind and fluctuating gas prices, bike-friendly cities have become very popular. D.C. was named as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and the Capital Bikeshare program has made it even easier to get around the city.

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