U.S. Domestic Posts
Some Foreign Service assignments take place in the United States without the support services available overseas. Choose a city from the listing below for basic information to prepare for an upcoming move or to help you decide whether a possible posting would work for you and your family.
- List of Diplomatic Security Field Offices
- Foreign Service Basic and Locality Pay
- General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables
- A Guide to Domestic Moves (CONUS-CONUS) (pdf) | Office of Logistic Operations website
- City-Data.com - City statistics, plus useful forums, both to review and ask questions.
- CityMayors.com - Extensive information on the world's cities, with many "most expensive," "safest," "most polluted," "least stressful" type summaries. Information is a little difficult to find quickly; this is a better site for browsing than for finding quick facts.
- Salary.com Cost of Living Wizard - Compares cost of living in different locations and indicates how far your salary might go. DC suburbs (Fairfax, Potomac, etc.) are not listed - you have to use DC.
- Craigslist - Local listings (housing, employment, etc).
- GreatSchools.net - Good for general facts on schools; parent reviews are inconsistent.
- Census Quick Facts - The U.S. Census Bureau’s Quick Facts
- Moving.com - City profiles
- BestPlaces.net - Sperling’s Best Places to Live
Schools and Childcare
- U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools
- School District Search
Cost of Living