Washington has the 23rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 11.7% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Washington is part of the Washington DC metro area. Unemployment in the Washington DC area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Washington DC has the 6th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Washington is above average at $66,790, and the median cost of a home in Washington is $454,500, which is above the national average. 53% of workers in Washington hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 88% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Taking public transit is especially common in Washington. 33% of Washington workers drive to work alone, 38% take public transit, 5% carpool, and 21% walk. People in Washington spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.