Growing old in the suburbs; Reston Library events for kids, teens

Local Real Estate News

  • Regional panel OKs bus-rapid-transit for Tysons-Alexandria corridor (via Inside NOVA)
  • Metrobus riders have a higher risk of injury and are much more likely to be in a collision and experience crime than bus riders in other metropolitan areas, according to a WMATA report (via Greater Greater Washington)
  • Many boomers in denial over possible problems of growing old in the suburbs (via The Herald)
  • These prefab homes can be built in three weeks (via Wired)

Upcoming Local Events

Hiroshima Mon Amour
Image credit IMDB

The Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) will show “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” Alain Resnais’ 1959 classic love story from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, July 20. A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. The movie is considered one of the great French films of all time and also became the major catalyst for the French New Wave. Movie is in French with English subtitles. Free, no registration required.

The library will also host a Sphero Robotic Ball Racing Workshop for ages 13-18 from 1 to 3 p.m. July 23. Students will begin be learning the basics of robotics programming using their smart phone (students must bring their own cell phone to class) to learn to move through space, do tricks, change colors and complete challenges. Class end with students creating their own obstacle course and racing the Sphero Robotics Balls. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Kings Park Library.

Don’t forget all of the FREE summer film festivals, concerts, community cookouts, ice cream socials and yoga classes in Reston listed here.

Who’s moving to D.C.? Ladies take over as largest new population

Image credit McEnearney Associates

Sometimes “girl power” is kind of amazing. Seriously.

Especially in Washington, D.C., where young, single, well-educated women seem to be relocating in droves.

Since 2009, more than 1,000 people relocate to the District each month (excluding a dip in 2014), and Millennials are absolutely a huge part of that — as they are in many US cities. In fact, nearly half (47.34 percent) of all new Washington, D.C., residents are in their 20s. 

Only Boston has a higher millennial population, but we’ve got them beat when it comes to salary, coming second only to San Francisco. Almost 17 percent of new residents had incomes the previous year that added up to more than $75,000. In other words, cost of living shouldn’t be too big of a problem for them!

We’ve also inherited some smart cookies, coming in third behind San Fran and Boston for highly educated newcomers. More than 71 percent of transplants have at least a bachelor’s degree. Not surprising, considering another study found that D.C. residents spend the least on fashion, hygiene products and beauty products, and the most on books, magazines and newspapers, compared with residents of other major cities in the U.S. Not bad, D.C. Not bad at all!

With all that education, though, it hasn’t seemed to hinder D.C.’s penchant for having a good time. D.C. shells out the third-most in absolute dollars on “entertainment,” which includes everything from event tickets and hobby expenses to pets and TV. This is also an area stuffed to the brim with avid, almost rabid, foodies! No one can deny that we’ve got some fantastic, unique and memorable restaurants and eateries in the District. D.C. comes in third for the proportion of personal food budgets spent eating at restaurants. In short, we like to eat. A lot.

But back to girls ruling and boys…you get it. According to the stats, 52.58 percent of new residents are women. When you compare that percentage to other similar major cities, we come out on top. We think these numbers speak to a woman’s sense of adventure and her willingness and enthusiasm for leaving the nest, but that could just be us.

Did I miss an event happening today? Know about something coming up? Have a real estate question? Let me know in the comments below. 

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