In spite of the advantages of being close to mountain ranges in the surrounding states that afford protection from tidal waves and the rising waters following polar melts, Washington DC has issues peculiar to itself as a city. This will become increasingly evident as the pole shift nears and polarization intensifies between those who care for others, the Service-to-Other, and those who are essentially self focused, the Service-to-Self. Home to the Pentagon and CIA, and to politicians and lobbyists, survivors will find themselves with the worst kind of neighbors to contend with. Accustomed to finding themselves at the top of the heap, giving orders and pulling their resources from the taxpayers who live and labor elsewhere, most survivors will be demanding service from others. Scarce stores, which will evaporate in days after the shift, will not be replaced from gardens or by hunting, in those used to pampered lives or urban living. Some form of martial law is sure to be imposed quickly, stripping resources from anyone nearby who has prepared.
Note East Coast Migration commentary.