Actually I feel it’s bearable heat with Virginia Beach and NYC close by to not think about the heat. San Diego weather was next level, so if I move for lower salary I would say beautiful weather was the reason.
Yeah, the DC metro area is surprisingly expensive and the traffic is truly awful so living further away in an cheaper area is miserable. Salaries / TCs aren’t great either. It’s why I left years ago and it has only gotten more expensive since then. Very unequal state as well. Very affluent cluster around DC, extremely poor everywhere else. Lots of weird taxes as well!