Washington has diversified and growing economy. It's percentage of professional and business service jobs are increasing. Many non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, industry trade groups, trade unions, and lobbying firms has headquarter in Washington.
Gross product in the Washington Metropolitan Area was around $425 billion in year 2011 and it is the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the US. An unemployment rate was 6.2% in 2011, the second lowest among largest metro areas in the US.
Washington D.C. has a variety of colleges and universities and it is a great city for study.
The cultural diversity with wide variety of opportunities, attracts students from around the world.
The top universities in Washington D.C. are: Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Howard University, and Catholic University of America.