Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Defense Intelligence Agency
20 MacDill Blvd., Washington, D.C. 20032-7711
In Washington, D.C., the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 88°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 96°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 72°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 29°F and high of 43°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 10 to August 26, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 17.
The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from August 26 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 20.
Cost of Living
In Washington, DC, the overall cost of living index is 152, which is equal to the District of Columbia average and 52% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Washington, DC, the city’s goods and services are equal to the District of Columbia average and 23% higher than the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
Some of the best things to do in DC – from the zoo to concerts, major attractions and screenings – are all completely free.
While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in DC. An entire day can be spent visiting most of the capital’s most popular attractions and hitting up some great events in DC without reaching for a wallet.
Nestled between sprawling condo corridors and busy commercial strips lie 1,750 acres of forest called Rock Creek Park. One of the largest preserves in the nation. Its 29 miles of hiking trails and ten miles of bridle paths intersect a net of bicycle paths. On weekends, several park roads close to motor vehicles. Its central thoroughfare – Beach Drive – a major commuter cut-through during weekday rush hour, is a quiet route to picnic groves (some with barbecue facilities) and playing fields at other times.
Free admission to the National Zoo offers a diverting escape. Particularly during the off-season, when the paths are not cluttered by push-chairs, the zoo offers a perfect (albeit hilly) stroll – away from the bustle of Connecticut Avenue.
Visit the Kennedy Center – festooned with decorative gifts from many nations and some wonderful 20th-century works of art. “Ken Cen” is as much a spectacle as the shows it presents – with its flag-filled Hall of States and Hall of Nations, six theaters and concert halls, three rooftop restaurants and great views from the open-air terrace. Free concerts (6pm daily) liven up the Millennium Stage and there are free 45-minute guided tours (call 1-202 416 8340 or walk-ins welcome; visit the Tour Desk on Level A). Parking is inadequate when several shows are playing at once. Better to walk or take the free shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop.