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Good Tuesday morning! Hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

☀️ Today's weather: Sunny and a high of 48.

📍 Situational awareness: The Washington Nationals are no longer for sale, the franchise's managing principal owner, Mark Lerner, told the Washington Post yesterday.

  • The Lerner family made the decision "a while ago," he said, after initially exploring a sale starting in April 2022.

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1 big thing: 💸 Highest-paying jobs

Industries with the highest average Glassdoor salaries in the D.C. metro area, 2023
Data: Glassdoor. Chart: Kavya Beheraj and Alice Feng/Axios

Aerospace and defense provide the highest average salaries among D.C.-area jobs at $107,000, according to Glassdoor data.

Why it matters: No surprise, perhaps, given our government town economy. The industry is a good future bet as the U.S. seeks new defense and AI capabilities.

By the numbers: The other industry that fetches a $100,000 salary on average here is financial services. Capital One is headquartered in gleaming towers in Tysons.

  • IT is on the cusp at $99,000.
  • Many salaries punch above the national average, including jobs in government and public administration, and management and consulting.

Notwithstanding the joke that everyone in D.C. is a lawyer, the legal profession clocked in at #5 with an average salary of $94,000.

Between the lines: $100K isn't quite the same after the high inflation era we went through the past few years, as our colleague Emily Peck previously covered.

ğŸ”Ž Zoom in: At the bottom of the list is food service jobs, with an average salary of $37,500. More restaurant workers have recently been pushing for unionization in D.C.

  • Two industries had average salaries a smidge below the national average: retail and wholesale ($42,300) and personal consumer services ($44,700).

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2. 📦 NoVa-to-Richmond pipeline

The migration of folks out of NoVa and into Richmond through 2021. Image: Courtesy of UVA's Weldon Cooper Center

More data is out to solidify the trend of Northern Virginians leaving for smaller metros and rural areas elsewhere in the state, according to a report by UVA's Weldon Cooper Center.

The big picture: As people continue to work remotely and DMV housing prices remain high, many locals are relocating to smaller and less expensive areas in Virginia, says the study, which is based on county and city population estimates.

State of play: Northern Virginia has seen the highest out-migration rate per capita this decade out of all the state's metro areas, says the report.

  • Fairfax County and Alexandria City saw their populations decline between 2020 and 2023 thanks to out-migration, according to the report.
  • And only 11 more people moved into Loudoun County last year than departed — meanwhile, the county was seeing about 10,000 more residents arrive than leave a decade ago.

The intrigue: Many NoVa people are headed to the Winchester and Richmond metro areas, says the report, contributing to a resident boom in both regions.

  • Richmond's seen a historic influx of new residents over the past three years.
  • And the four counties that saw the biggest population percentage jumps between 2022 and 2023 were all in the Richmond metro area's vicinity (New Kent, Goochland, Louisa, and Caroline).
  • Meanwhile, Winchester was the state's fastest-growing metro area during that period, seeing a 4.6% population increase — almost five times that of the state as a whole.

Zoom in: The median sales price for a home iWinchester and Richmond was $395,000 as of December, says Redfin.

  • Compare that to the $602,500 median sales price for a D.C. home during the same month.

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3. 🍕 New pizzerias

Alfreda pizza. Photo: courtesy of LeadingDC

Pizza is popping up in the D.C. area right now, with a bunch of new pie shops opening around town.

The big picture: We're not talking Jumbo Slice — these are pizzerias from chefs with fine dining backgrounds who love throwing dough.

Context: The fancy-to-pizza chef move is a thing in D.C. — take Boogy & Peel, whose owner came from Rose's Luxury, Martha Dear from Tail Up Goat alums, or Gemini x Happy Ice Cream, whose owners ran Michelin-starred restaurant Komi in the same Dupont Circle space.

What's new: J&J Pizza, a New York-style restaurant with pies, slices, and wings inside Crooked Run's Union Market brewery and taproom (it takes over from the opening concept Pizza Serata).

  • The two Js — chef Julian Addison and Crook Run's Jake Endres — teamed up for brew-friendly combinations like their Alora Italian-style pilsner with pepperoni or a Hazy IPA you can match with a white kale-and-caramelized onion pizza.

🍻 Be smart: J&J offers a great happy hour deal on weekdays before 6pm: Two slices and a beer for $12.

Two pizzas, a red sauce cheese on a yellow background, and a white kale pie on a blue background
New York-style at J&J. Photo: courtesy of J&J

👀 What's next: Alfreda, a purist pizza parlor, is opening in Dupont Circle in the next week or so.

  • Chef Russell Blue Smith, who spent years working at Wolfgang Puck spots The Source and Cut, homes in on a sourdough crust and simple toppings like a red tomato pie or white cheese (plus gluten-free pizzas). Salads and small plates round out the menu.

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4. Around the Beltway: Blast fallout

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

⛑️ Three firefighters remained hospitalized after a house exploded in Sterling, Va., on Friday night. Firefighters had found a 500-gallon underground propane tank leaking into the house preceding the blast. A volunteer firefighter was killed, and over a dozen people were hurt. (WJLA)

💸 Capital One is acquiring Discover — a merger that would make the Tysons-based bank the biggest credit card issuer in America. The Justice Department could challenge the deal on antitrust grounds. (Axios)

🏟️ The Alexandria arena deal — now dubbed the "Glenn Dome" — is being set back as influential state Sen. L. Louise Lucas doubles down on her opposition to the legislation. "We're not gonna let billionaires build their fortunes on the backs of our taxpayer dollars," she said over the weekend. (Fox5)

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New jobs to check out

💼 See who's hiring around the city.

  1. Procurement and Contracts Specialist at American Public Power Association.
  2. Vice President of Advocacy, Health Care at Arnold Ventures.
  3. Senior Director, Federal Affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety.
  4. Vice President, External Affairs at Arnold Ventures.
  5. Managing Editor, Autos at U.S. News & World Report.
  6. Manager, Communications and Marketing at American Gaming Association.

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5. 👀 1 cool thing to go: AI-powered home search

Photo courtesy of Tomo

Attention D.C. homebuyers: Mortgage platform Tomo is rolling out a new AI-powered home search portal today.

Why it matters: As more real-estate marketplaces integrate AI into their platforms, searching for homes could become a lot faster and easier. Plus, results could be more personalized.

Details: Former Zillow exec and Tomo co-founder Greg Schwartz developed the platform so consumers could search for homes based on specific wants — beyond the number of beds and baths — and shop more like savvy investors.

The intrigue: What makes Tomo different from existing home search giants is the platform's built-in, AI-powered free-text search capabilities, Schwartz tells Axios.

  • The idea is for consumers to describe their dream house the way they might share with a friend.

Axios tested out the tool, which is available only in select cities, including D.C. Read the review

Editor's note: In a story last week we incorrectly wrote that Maryland planted more than 1.7 million new wild oyster juveniles in 2023. It's 1.7 billion!

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Today's newsletter was edited by Alexa Mencia and copy edited by Patricia Guadalupe.