City Desk

Washington Can Afford New Cars, Unlike Rest of Country

No "Washington is the new Versailles" story is complete without mentioning the area's appetite for expensive cars. Sean Hannity did it, and so did the New York Times. They might have a point—according to a new report from, Washingtonians have more money to spend on new cars than residents in any other city.

Washingtonians can afford to spend $31,940 on a new car, $5,000 more than second-place San Francisco ($26,786). The Washington Business Journal points out that, since the average price of a new car is $30,550, that means Washington is the only city where the average person can afford to buy the average new car without going into debt. It makes boomtown life look pretty good, as long as you can find somewhere to park.

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  • Squarely Rooted

    I'm sorry to just interject with a big wad of anecdote here, but DC simply does not have a taste for expensive cars. You know who has a taste for expensive cars? Miami. Drive around A1A between South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale and you can't look any direction without seeing some imported six-figure luxury toy.

    Rich people in DC compete over getting their names on the walls of philanthropic organizations, theaters, museums, and the like, which at least benefits the rest of us.