There are a number of reasons that Foggy Bottom was recently ranked #1 of “Best Neighborhoods to Live in Washington, D.C.” This beloved neighborhood offers its residents a dense urban feel with numerous restaurants, bars, and parks. The public school system is hight rated, there is easy access to the DC metro, and The Mall just blocks away.
But one of the biggest reasons Foggy Bottom is such a highly sought-after neighborhood to live in is the close proximity of numerous employment opportunities. As mentioned earlier, you can get anywhere in DC in just minutes using the metro, but what if you want to walk to work each day? Below is a list of the largest employers that call Foggy Bottom their home.
US State Department
The headquarters of the State Department is the Truman Building. Covering an area of two city-blocks, this 1.4-million square foot facility is home to more than 8,000 employees.
Some interesting statistics about the Truman Building: The corridors alone take up more than 267,000 square feet, there are 43 elevators, over 4000 windows, and about 34,000 fluorescent light fixtures.
Located on the southern side of the neighborhood, it takes less than 15-minutes to walk to any other location in Foggy Bottom.
George Washington University
Located on 43-acres in the very heart of Foggy Bottom, the main George Washington University campus employs over 5000 faculty members, administrators, and support staff. Located on the campus is the famous Gelman Library, Lisner Auditorium, most of the residence halls in which GW students live, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and various other halls, administration and student services buildings.
Due to its central location, the campus is easily accessible, just a few minutes walk from anywhere in Foggy Bottom.
The Kennedy Center
Located on the shores of the Potomac just north of the Lincoln Memorial is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Opened in 1971, the Kennedy Center is dedicated to a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances of theater, ballet, dance, music, comedy, opera, symphony, and more. Festivals, Banquets, and Gala Events are also frequently held here. In addition to the performances, education has become a major focus and its education programs have expanded to reach people of all ages.
Currently, The Kennedy Center employs over 600 people.
The George Washington University Hospital
On the north end of Foggy Bottom is The George Washington University Hospital. Affiliated with the George Washington University School of Medicine, GWU Hospital employs over 1500 health care workers and administrators.
GWU Hospital has a Level 1 Trauma Center (the highest level that a hospital can receive), a renowned Cardiovascular Center, as well as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Other Top Employers
International Monetary Fund
National Academy of Sciences
The Federal Reserve
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization
GSA (General Services Administration)
World Bank Group