Store recruiters are now sorting through more than 23,000 applications for the 600 available positions. Just 2.6 per cent of applicants will get a job with the company, which Business Insider points out is worse odds than Harvard. The Ivy League university accepts 6.1 per cent of applications.
The Walmart's opening in the area had already been controversial.
The retail giant threatened it wouldn't open in the D.C. area if Mayor Vincent Gray signed a living wage bill.
The bill would have required businesses to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour, however, the bill was vetoed, and minimum wage stands at $8.50 an hour.
A new Walmart store opening in Washington D.C. has received almost 40 applications for every open position.