Washington, D.C. Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    5,759,330
  • Population Density
    862 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    6,680 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C. metro area is centered in District of Columbia and has 5,759,330 residents. It has very high home values, very high rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and very high income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Washington, D.C. 619,371
4.33 Arlington 214,861
4.33 Alexandria 143,684
4.33 Germantown 89,031
4.33 Silver Spring 75,386
4.33 Centreville 73,476
3.66 Waldorf 69,225
4.00 Dale City 67,562
4.00 Frederick 65,840
4.33 Rockville 62,130
4.33 Gaithersburg 61,851
4.33 Bethesda 60,995
4.33 Reston 59,388
3.66 Bowie 55,585
4.00 Aspen Hill 50,099
4.33 McLean 48,426
4.00 Wheaton 48,047
4.33 Ashburn 46,097
4.33 Potomac 45,631
4.33 North Bethesda 44,712
4.33 Leesburg 44,612
4.33 Lake Ridge 42,761
4.33 Burke 42,233
4.33 Annandale 42,008
4.33 Linton Hall 39,380

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Fairfax County 1,101,071
4.33 Montgomery County 989,474
3.00 Prince George's County 873,481
3.66 District of Columbia County 619,371
4.33 Prince William County 416,668
4.33 Loudoun County 326,477
4.00 Frederick County 236,668
4.33 Arlington County 214,861
3.66 Charles County 148,957
4.33 Alexandria City County 143,684
4.00 Stafford County 131,885
3.66 Spotsylvania County 124,319
4.00 Calvert County 89,332
3.66 Fauquier County 66,015
3.66 Jefferson County 54,131
3.33 Culpeper County 47,330
3.33 Warren County 37,836
3.00 Manassas City County 39,317
2.66 Fredericksburg City County 25,931
Fairfax City County 23,027
3.33 Clarke County 14,191
4.00 Manassas Park City County 15,125
4.33 Falls Church City County 12,731
3.66 Rappahannock County 7,448

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Baltimore Metro Area 2,734,044
3.00 Richmond Metro Area 1,221,729
2.00 Dover Metro Area 165,030
3.00 Norfolk Metro Area 1,688,238
3.00 Philadelphia Metro Area 5,992,766

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Baltimore Metro Area 2,734,044
3.00 Philadelphia Metro Area 5,992,766
3.33 New York City Metro Area 19,716,880
3.66 Boston Metro Area 4,604,278
3.00 Chicago Metro Area 9,488,493

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Arlington County Public Schools 35
4.33 Falls Church City Public Schools 4
4.33 Howard County Public Schools 75
4.33 Loudoun County Public Schools 82
4.33 Fairfax County Public Schools 212
4.00 Montgomery County Public Schools 205
4.00 Frederick County Public Schools 65
4.00 Calvert County Public Schools 26
4.00 Gettysburg Area School District 7
4.00 Hanover County Public Schools 26
3.66 Carroll County Public Schools 49
3.66 Alexandria City Public Schools 19
3.66 Prince William County Public Schools 89
3.66 Anne Arundel County Public Schools 125
3.33 Stafford County Public Schools 30
3.33 Fauquier County Public Schools 20
3.33 Washington County Public Schools 47
3.33 Charles County Public Schools 37
3.33 St. Mary's County Public Schools 27
3.33 Manassas Park City Public Schools 4
3.33 Frederick County Public Schools 18
3.00 Talbot County Public Schools 8
3.00 Madison County Public Schools 4
3.00 King Geo County Public Schools 5
3.00 Spotsylvania County Public Schools 34

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Public 9-12 High
4.33 Arlington Science Focus Elementary School Public, Magnet PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Arlington Traditional Elementary School Public, Magnet PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Ashlawn Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Washington Lee High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Poolesville High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
Cradlerock School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Long Branch Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Thomas S. Wootton High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Nottingham Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Henry Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Taylor Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Waverly Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Walt Whitman High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Yorktown High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Jamestown Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 McKinley Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 School Without Walls Senior High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Swanson Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Ellicott Mills Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Williamsburg Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Public 5-7 Middle
4.33 Walter Johnson High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Public 2-4 Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Hampshire View Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Sidwell Friends School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Maret School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Odenton Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
The Kellar School of Inova Kellar Center Private, Special Education 4-12 High
4.33 National Cathedral School Private, Religious, All-Girls 4-12 High
Heritage Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Potomac School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
National Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Victory Baptist Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Washington International School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Independent Baptist Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Holton-Arms School Private, All-Girls 3-12 Elementary, High
Abraxas Leadership Development Program Private, Alternative 7-12 High
4.00 Flint Hill School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Bowie Christian School Private, Alternative, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 St. Albans School Private, Boarding, Religious, All-Boys 4-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Madeira School Private, Boarding, All-Girls 9-12 High
Calvary Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
The Frost School Private, Special Education 3-12 Elementary, High
Kennedy Krieger Institute at Southern High School Private, Special Education 9-12 High
4.00 St. Andrew's Episcopal School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Episcopal High School Private, Boarding, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 Montrose Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Georgetown University
4.33 Johns Hopkins University
4.33 United States Naval Academy
4.00 University of Maryland - College Park
4.00 Gettysburg College
3.66 George Washington University
3.66 American University
3.33 Ner Israel Rabbinical College
3.33 Corcoran College of Art & Design
3.33 George Mason University
3.33 Maryland Institute College of Art
3.33 University of Maryland - Baltimore
3.00 St. John's College - Annapolis
3.00 Loyola University Maryland
3.00 Goucher College
3.00 Towson University
3.00 University of Maryland - Baltimore County
3.00 Gallaudet University
3.00 Randolph-Macon College
3.00 Stevenson University
3.00 Marymount University
2.66 Howard University
2.66 Wilson College
2.66 Catholic University of America
2.66 St. Mary's College of Maryland

Around Washington, D.C.

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
White 48.32% 63.25% 35.09% 59.47% 74.45% 54.70% 49.04% 64.46%
African American 25.07% 12.23% 49.39% 28.34% 6.92% 16.87% 15.89% 20.23%
Hispanic 14.11% 16.62% 9.60% 4.77% 9.37% 20.94% 22.94% 8.11%
Asian 9.28% 4.83% 3.49% 4.72% 6.69% 5.77% 9.93% 5.10%
Multiracial 2.69% 2.05% 1.96% 2.22% 1.81% 1.45% 1.46% 1.75%
Other 0.27% 0.19% 0.21% 0.24% 0.64% 0.15% 0.57% 0.22%
Native American 0.22% 0.66% 0.23% 0.19% 0.10% 0.11% 0.14% 0.12%
Pacific Islander 0.05% 0.16% 0.04% 0.05% 0.02% 0.02% 0.03% 0.02%

Age

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
9 years and under 13% 13% 10% 12% 11% 13% 12% 12%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 7% 10% 10% 11% 10% 11%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 14% 10% 10% 9% 9% 10%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 22% 14% 14% 14% 14% 13%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 13% 13% 14% 14% 13%
45 to 54 years 15% 14% 12% 15% 15% 14% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 12% 12%
65 and over 10% 13% 11% 13% 13% 12% 13% 14%

Education Levels

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 10% 14% 12% 11% 9% 13% 15% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 19% 28% 19% 27% 24% 25% 26% 31%
Some college or associate degree 23% 29% 17% 26% 23% 27% 22% 24%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 23% 20% 24% 21% 21% 20%
Master's degree or higher 23% 11% 30% 16% 19% 13% 15% 13%

Gender

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
Male 48.7% 49.2% 47.3% 48.2% 48.4% 48.9% 48.3% 48.3%
Female 51.3% 50.8% 52.7% 51.8% 51.6% 51.1% 51.7% 51.7%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
Rent 35.8% 35.1% 57.9% 33.1% 38.2% 34.0% 47.5% 31.6%
Own 64.2% 64.9% 42.1% 66.9% 61.8% 66.0% 52.5% 68.4%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
Assault 337.0 278.9 576.1 625.4 227.8 68.1 242.6 253.0
Murder 8.2 5.0 15.9 31.5 1.8 7.1 3.7 6.7
Robbery 310.6 159.8 566.2 510.4 92.5 187.3 171.3 206.4

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Washington, D.C. Metro Area United States District of Columbia Baltimore Metro Area Boston Metro Area Chicago Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area
Burglary 395.8 573.5 512.6 1048.5 352.8 439.9 253.7 472.8
Larceny 2610.2 2079.6 3574.6 2885.0 1359.6 1806.4 1266.4 1854.8
Motor vehicle theft 309.7 235.5 486.8 603.1 129.7 220.7 114.7 174.6

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
42°
25°
46°
27°
55°
34°
66°
43°
74°
53°
83°
62°
87°
67°
85°
66°
78°
58°
67°
46°
57°
37°
46°
29°
Precipitation
2.9"
2.8"
3.7"
3.5"
4.3"
3.9"
4.0"
3.5"
4.0"
3.4"
3.5"
3.2"
Snowfall
6.4"
5.7"
1.8"
0.1"
0"
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0.5"
2.6"

  • Jan
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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 42°
    25°
  • 46°
    27°
  • 55°
    34°
  • 66°
    43°
  • 74°
    53°
  • 83°
    62°
  • 87°
    67°
  • 85°
    66°
  • 78°
    58°
  • 67°
    46°
  • 57°
    37°
  • 46°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.9"
  • 2.8"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.2"

    Snowfall

  • 6.4"
  • 5.7"
  • 1.8"
  • 0.1"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
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  • 2.6"

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  • Feb
  • Mar
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  • Aug
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    Avg. Temps

  • 42°
    25°
  • 46°
    27°
  • 55°
    34°
  • 66°
    43°
  • 74°
    53°
  • 83°
    62°
  • 87°
    67°
  • 85°
    66°
  • 78°
    58°
  • 67°
    46°
  • 57°
    37°
  • 46°
    29°

    Precipitation

  • 2.9"
  • 2.8"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.2"

    Snowfall

  • 6.4"
  • 5.7"
  • 1.8"
  • 0.1"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.5"
  • 2.6"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 260 responses

  • 59% Yes
  • 25% Not sure
  • 16% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 164 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 304 responses

  • 47% Very accepting.
  • 45% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 1% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 929 responses

  • 31% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 57% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 11% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 1% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 140 responses

  • 13% I love everything about it.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 4% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 134 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments