Friendly, fast-paced, passionate, idealistic … in Washington, D.C., you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the country’s most highly motivated, intelligent and ambitious minds. This capital city is the nerve center of US politics and is home to the White House and United States Capitol, alongside 200 foreign embassies and international organizations, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Politics aside, the city is also a national center for the arts; it boasts a thriving local and national theater scene and is a hub for US indie culture and music. Here too, you will find the Smithsonian Institution, which runs 19 museums and the national zoo, all of which are free to the public. Passionate about sports, the city is one of only 12 in the US to boast teams from all four major professional men’s sports, including basketball, hockey, baseball and football. Those moving here for professional reasons are advised to find accommodation near their workplace or to work from home. In recent years, the city’s high cost of living has prompted many to seek more reasonably priced accommodation in suburban areas, further exacerbating commuter traffic. On the upside, the Washington, D.C., area boasts a huge range of cultural activities, entertainment, shopping, festivals, outdoor recreation and great restaurants. Its location in the mid-Atlantic region ensures mild weather, making the city less prone to natural disasters than other parts of the United States. Washington, D.C.’s residents look forward to the region’s beauty throughout its seasonal changes. The city's ideal situation places the beach, the mountains, and several cities—including Baltimore, Annapolis, Richmond, Philadelphia and New York—within just a few hours’ drive.