Well, here's a bit of info that we're giving out for free: if you're paying that much, you're doing it wrong.
But first let's figure out what exactly this survey is measuring, just so we know who we're about to school:
"The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 50,000 prices covering almost 60 different items...based on six components—housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.
Oh, so this really is about the cost of almond butter, or at least the top 20 percent of earners who live in the DC area's experience with almond butter. Basically, if you're rich, DC is the ninth most expensive city in the United States to live in. Now if only rich people needed to care about expenses...hahahhahai'mjealous...
But for real, even if you are one of the area's top moneymakers, unless you have kids or are really into almond butter (no judgement here), what in the world are you spending over six Gs on per month?
If it's rent, you're definitely getting ripped off. The most money we know of anyone paying for shelter here is just upwards of $5,000, which is split in half by two people and goes toward a mortgage in a newly renovated, superbly designed house in Mt. Pleasant. As for renters, at the risk of over-sharing, your Scoutmob editor pays $1,000 per month, or just under half the cost of a 1-bedroom she shares with another person and an overweight cat in Logan Circle. We know even more people who pay less than that for rooms in group houses in Bloomingdale, Petworth, Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, H Street, Mt. Pleasant and other desirable urban 'hoods.