I am looking to move to the DC area, and thought this would be a great place for my questions. I'm in my mid-20's, and currently make around $35,000 a year.
I'm wondering if this is a decent salary for living in the DC area. I've heard it is a pretty expensive city, even if you're outside the metro area in Virginia and Maryland. I know my salary is on the lower end, but will I be able to afford rent in a decent area without struggling to make ends meet? I'm assuming that my rent should be about 30% of my net income, so it would be around $650/month. So far, it seems that this may be impossible to find. :/
I'd also appreciate any input on areas to live. As a young woman, I'd obviously like to live in a safe area, and will likely be looking for roommates.
Just trying to decide if I will be able to afford the area on my current salary, or if I should look into another job altogether. Thanks for your help!