Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    5,503,801
  • Population Density
    913 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    6,030 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C. metro area is centered in District of Columbia and has 5,503,801 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. 593,955
4.33 Arlington 202,999
4.33 Alexandria 136,968
4.33 Germantown 85,192
4.33 Silver Spring 72,942
4.33 Centreville 72,511
3.66 Waldorf 68,256
4.00 Frederick 64,593
4.00 Dale City 64,228
4.33 Rockville 59,653
4.33 Gaithersburg 59,037
4.33 Bethesda 58,661
4.33 Reston 56,219
3.66 Bowie 54,523
4.00 Aspen Hill 48,352
4.00 Wheaton 47,279
4.33 McLean 46,751
4.33 Potomac 44,868
4.33 Ashburn 42,531
4.33 Leesburg 41,937
4.33 Burke 41,629
4.33 North Bethesda 40,970
4.33 Annandale 39,977
4.33 Lake Ridge 39,531
3.00 Manassas 36,811

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Fairfax County 1,064,735
4.33 Montgomery County 959,738
3.00 Prince George's County 858,539
3.66 District of Columbia County 593,955
4.33 Prince William County 391,439
4.33 Loudoun County 303,329
4.00 Frederick County 231,725
4.33 Arlington County 202,999
3.66 Charles County 145,508
4.33 Alexandria City County 136,968
4.00 Stafford County 127,041
3.66 Spotsylvania County 121,508
4.00 Calvert County 88,329
3.66 Fauquier County 65,008
3.66 Jefferson County 52,874
3.33 Culpeper County 46,427
3.33 Warren County 37,323
3.00 Manassas City County 36,811
2.66 Fredericksburg City County 24,015
Fairfax City County 22,277
3.33 Clarke County 14,081
4.00 Manassas Park City County 13,759
4.33 Falls Church City County 11,840
3.66 Rappahannock County 7,422

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Baltimore Metro Area 2,697,421
3.00 Richmond Metro Area 1,248,271
2.00 Dover Metro Area 159,936
3.00 Norfolk Metro Area 1,666,758
3.00 Philadelphia Metro Area 5,938,918

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Baltimore Metro Area 2,697,421
3.00 Philadelphia Metro Area 5,938,918
3.33 New York City Metro Area 18,796,078
3.66 Boston Metro Area 4,521,737
3.00 Chicago Metro Area 9,425,706

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 48.99% 64.16% 34.04% 60.43% 75.60% 55.31% 49.32% 65.41%
African American 25.47% 12.21% 51.31% 28.32% 6.75% 17.14% 16.26% 20.20%
Hispanic 13.46% 16.05% 8.98% 4.36% 8.79% 20.35% 22.57% 7.59%
Asian 9.11% 4.67% 3.47% 4.42% 6.39% 5.56% 9.83% 4.85%
Multiracial 2.34% 1.85% 1.63% 1.94% 1.56% 1.27% 1.27% 1.55%
Other 0.35% 0.21% 0.25% 0.26% 0.74% 0.20% 0.56% 0.22%
Native American 0.20% 0.66% 0.22% 0.20% 0.11% 0.10% 0.13% 0.12%
Pacific Islander 0.04% 0.15% 0.05% 0.04% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.01%

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% 12% 14% 12% 13%
10 to 17 years 11% 11% 7% 11% 10% 12% 11% 11%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 14% 10% 10% 9% 9% 10%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 20% 13% 14% 14% 14% 13%
35 to 44 years 15% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14%
45 to 54 years 15% 15% 13% 16% 15% 15% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 12%
65 and over 10% 13% 11% 12% 13% 11% 13% 13%

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% 15% 13% 12% 10% 14% 16% 12%
High school diploma or equivalent 19% 29% 20% 27% 25% 25% 27% 31%
Some college or associate degree 23% 29% 17% 26% 23% 27% 22% 24%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 22% 20% 24% 21% 21% 20%
Master's degree or higher 22% 10% 28% 15% 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% 48.1% 48.4% 48.9% 48.2% 48.2%
Female 51.3% 50.8% 52.7% 51.9% 51.6% 51.1% 51.8% 51.8%

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 34.4% 33.9% 57.2% 32.3% 37.3% 32.7% 47.4% 30.7%
Own 65.6% 66.1% 42.8% 67.7% 62.7% 67.3% 52.6% 69.3%

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 537.5 280.9 537.5 743.6 450.4 453.1 371.3 541.9
Murder 13.9 5.6 13.9 34.9 8.0 18.5 4.9 20.4
Rape 37.3 29.2 37.3 50.4 37.6 NA 13.9 56.2
Robbery 589.1 150.7 589.1 576.4 269.5 497.6 238.5 495.3

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 556.5 718.3 556.5 1242.3 534.2 839.9 229.9 776.0
Larceny 3510.2 2276.2 3510.2 2781.4 2126.5 2684.9 1402.7 2442.3
Motor vehicle theft 561.3 275.5 561.3 636.6 234.2 627.7 97.8 398.5

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
43°
29°
47°
31°
56°
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67°
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56°
84°
66°
88°
71°
86°
70°
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51°
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Precipitation
2.8"
2.6"
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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 43°
    29°
  • 47°
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    38°
  • 67°
    47°
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    56°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.8"
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  • 5.6"
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    Avg. Temps

  • 43°
    29°
  • 47°
    31°
  • 56°
    38°
  • 67°
    47°
  • 75°
    56°
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    66°
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    71°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.8"
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  • 5.6"
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