D.C. standard of living decreased in 2012, poll shows

The standard of living in Washington, D.C., is still rated among the best in the country, but saw a decrease from 2012 to 2013, a poll released Thursday found.

Washington’s standard of living score, a combination of satisfaction with standard of living and optimism about it getting better by Gallup, was 51 in 2013, down about 11 points from 2012, the poll said. The score of 51 leaves the District tied for third with Hawaii, with North Dakota and Alaska ranking second and first respectively.

D.C. saw the only decrease in 2013; all 50 states saw at least a small increase in their standard of living score.

West Virginia had the lowest satisfaction in 2013, with a score of 22, followed by Maine and Rhode Island. The national average score improved 4 points to 38 in 2013.

Almost 80 percent of poll respondents said they were satisfied with their standard of living in D.C., and 62 percent said it was getting better.

The results come from more than 178,000 phone interviews during 2013 with adults across the country. The margin of error is 1 percent.

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