I was wondering if how good (maybe how bad?) DC is as a place to begin one's finance career. I'm not expecting it to be on the same level as NYC, SF, Chicago or even Houston/LA, but relative to other cities, is it that bad of a choice? I don't think I'd be a good fit in a megacity like NYC right off the bat, so that's why I was thinking DC might be a good option as it still offers an urban lifestyle on a smaller scale. I'm wondering, however, if the political/public sector scene is overpowering though and finance jobs might be harder to find.
Unlike a lot on here, I'm not necessarily looking at the same exits. I'm either looking to be a financial/corporate development executive of a company, do something entrepreneurial, or even do something finance-related for the public sector (i.e. evaluating whether infrastructure or other public investments make sense financially and how to structure these projects to maximize financial return), so for me, would DC be a decent fit if I like everything else about the city, or would I be crazy to not apply to NYC firms while I have the chance?
By the way, even though I have an interest in working in finance within the public sector, I would not want to start my career in a gov agency. I'd rather gain private sector experience first and then transition to the public side of things later on.