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

  • 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
4.00 Washington, D.C. 633,736
4.33 Arlington 220,173
4.33 Alexandria 146,422
4.33 Germantown 88,717
4.33 Silver Spring 75,748
4.33 Centreville 73,677
3.66 Waldorf 71,358
4.00 Dale City 70,381
4.00 Frederick 66,646
4.33 Rockville 63,402
4.33 Gaithersburg 63,491
4.33 Bethesda 62,024
4.33 Reston 59,217
3.66 Bowie 56,335
4.33 Aspen Hill 51,603
4.33 McLean 48,078
4.33 Wheaton 49,831
4.33 Ashburn 47,484
4.33 Potomac 46,475
4.33 North Bethesda 46,738
4.33 Leesburg 46,211
4.33 Lake Ridge 44,593
4.33 Burke 42,528
4.33 Annandale 43,479
4.00 Linton Hall 39,944

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Fairfax County 1,117,072
4.33 Montgomery County 1,005,087
2.33 Prince George's County 884,764
4.00 District of Columbia County 633,736
4.00 Prince William County 428,772
4.33 Loudoun County 338,916
3.66 Frederick County 239,253
4.33 Arlington County 220,173
2.66 Charles County 150,960
4.33 Alexandria City County 146,422
3.33 Stafford County 134,672
3.00 Spotsylvania County 126,200
2.66 Calvert County 89,793
3.00 Fauquier County 66,726
3.00 Jefferson County 54,650
2.33 Culpeper County 47,910
2.66 Warren County 38,142
3.00 Manassas City County 40,436
3.66 Fredericksburg City County 26,632
4.33 Fairfax City County 23,507
2.00 Clarke County 14,273
2.66 Manassas Park City County 14,992
4.33 Falls Church City County 13,074
2.00 Rappahannock County 7,446

Nearby Metro Areas

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

Comparable Metro Areas

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

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Arlington County Public Schools 37
4.33 Falls Church City Public Schools 4
4.33 Loudoun County Public Schools 86
4.33 Fairfax County Public Schools 218
4.33 Montgomery County Public Schools 207
4.00 Frederick County Public Schools 67
4.00 Calvert County Public Schools 26
4.00 Alexandria City Public Schools 19
3.66 Prince William County Public Schools 89
3.33 Stafford County Public Schools 30
3.33 Fauquier County Public Schools 20
3.66 Charles County Public Schools 37
3.33 Manassas Park City Public Schools 4
3.00 Spotsylvania County Public Schools 34
3.33 Warren County Public Schools 8
2.66 Rappahannock County Public Schools 2
2.33 Jefferson County Schools 17
3.00 District of Columbia Public Schools 129
3.00 Fredericksburg City Public Schools 5
3.33 Clarke County Public Schools 4
3.00 Culpeper County Public Schools 11
2.66 Manassas City Public Schools 9
2.33 Prince George's County Public Schools 209

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & 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
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 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 The School Without Walls High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Swanson Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Williamsburg Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Walter Johnson High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Public 2-5 Elementary
4.33 Takoma Park Elementary School Public, Magnet PK, K-2 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Rolling Valley Elementary School Public PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Hollin Meadows Elementary School Public PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Bull Run Elementary School Public PK, K-6 Pre-K, 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
4.00 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 Middle, High
4.33 National Cathedral School Private, Religious, All-Girls 4-12 Middle, High
3.33 Heritage Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Potomac School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 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
Independent Baptist Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Holton-Arms School Private, All-Girls 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Abraxas Leadership Development Program Private, Alternative 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 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, Middle, High
Kennedy Krieger Institute at Southern High School Private, Special Education 9-12 High
4.33 St. Andrew's Episcopal School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 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
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
United States Naval Academy
University of Maryland - College Park
Gettysburg College
George Washington University
American University
Ner Israel Rabbinical College
Corcoran College of Art & Design
George Mason University
Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Maryland - Baltimore
St. John's College - Annapolis
Loyola University Maryland
Goucher College
Towson University
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Gallaudet University
Randolph-Macon College
Stevenson University
Marymount University
Howard University
Wilson College
Catholic University of America
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% 35.38% 59.47% 74.45% 54.70% 49.04% 64.46%
African American 25.07% 12.23% 48.72% 28.34% 6.92% 16.87% 15.89% 20.23%
Hispanic 14.11% 16.62% 9.88% 4.77% 9.37% 20.94% 22.94% 8.11%
Asian 9.28% 4.83% 3.55% 4.72% 6.69% 5.77% 9.93% 5.10%
Multiracial 2.69% 2.05% 2.01% 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% 0.22% 0.19% 0.10% 0.11% 0.14% 0.12%
Pacific Islander 0.05% 0.16% 0.03% 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% 11% 12% 11% 13% 12% 12%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 6% 10% 10% 11% 10% 11%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 13% 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% 11% 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% 58.4% 33.1% 38.2% 34.0% 47.5% 31.6%
Own 64.2% 64.9% 41.6% 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 337.0 264.1 607.7 625.4 227.8 68.1 242.6 253.0
Murder 8.2 5.2 15.9 31.5 1.8 7.1 3.7 6.7
Robbery 310.6 135.0 490.4 510.4 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 395.8 575.0 525.6 1048.5 352.8 439.9 253.7 472.8
Larceny 2610.2 2114.0 3928.0 2885.0 1359.6 1806.4 1266.4 1854.8
Motor vehicle theft 309.7 257.3 559.0 603.1 129.7 220.7 114.7 174.6

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"
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0.5"
2.6"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 42°
    25°
  • 46°
    27°
  • 55°
    34°
  • 66°
    43°
  • 74°
    53°
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    62°
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    67°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.9"
  • 2.8"
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  • 3.5"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.5"
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    Snowfall

  • 6.4"
  • 5.7"
  • 1.8"
  • 0.1"
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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 1175 responses

  • 60% Yes
  • 23% Not sure
  • 17% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 1948 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 866 responses

  • 46% 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 2420 responses

  • 30% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 58% 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 706 responses

  • 15% I love everything about it.
  • 61% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 20% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 3% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 986 responses

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