Top 25 Cities for Cops
#3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA
City’s Average Salary: $40,630
Starting Salary for Police Officers: $37,514
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 23
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 179
Unemployment Rate: 6.7
Despite a downturn in employment in most major cities, the Washington, D.C., area has continued to flourish because of it’s connection federal government jobs and the many private companies that support its work. Unemployment is an astoundingly-low 6.7 percent, and although the cost of living can be high, there are dozens of free museums and shows downtown to check out during your days off.