Washington, D.C. - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    633,736
  • Population Density
    9,064 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    68 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    851 3.2
Washington, D.C. is a large city in District of Columbia with 633,736 residents. It has very high home values, very high rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have very high education levels and very high income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.2 from 851 reviews
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Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Columbia Heights 36,591
Petworth 25,093
Logan Circle/Shaw 23,532
Dupont Circle 23,021
Brightwood Park 21,112
Brightwood 19,307
Chevy Chase 17,743
Stanton Park 17,563
Georgetown 16,977
Washington Highlands 15,335
Cardozo/Shaw 14,454
Hill East 14,092
Mount Vernon Square 13,431
Congress Heights 13,386
Near Northeast 13,188
Glover Park 12,859
Mount Pleasant 12,773
Cathedral Heights 12,703
Forest Hills 11,954
Adams Morgan 11,828
Douglass 11,534
Southwest/Waterfront 11,334
Foggy Bottom 11,164
Pleasant Plains 11,028
Lincoln Park 10,736
Cleveland Park 10,692
Benning Ridge 10,424
Manor Park 10,159
Bellevue 9,855
16th Street Heights 9,755
Capitol Hill 9,666
Edgewood 9,531
Marshall Heights 9,418
Kingman Park 9,394
University Heights 8,393
Capitol View 8,222
Bloomingdale 8,076
Deanwood 7,919
George Washington University 7,915
Hillsdale 7,732
Woodridge 7,528
Palisades 7,417
Fairlawn 7,413
North Michigan Park 7,378
Trinidad 7,232
American University Park 7,142
Tenleytown 7,056
Michigan Park 7,017
Woodland 6,815
Friendship Heights 6,761
Golden Triangle 6,626
Brookland 6,539
Carver 6,498
Historic Anacostia 6,482
Woodley Park 6,468
Takoma 6,422
North Capitol Street 6,268
Spring Valley 6,268
Truxton Circle 6,208
Langdon 6,086
Eckington 6,085
Fort Totten 6,071
West End 5,912
Chinatown 5,740
Skyland 5,696
North Cleveland Park 5,429
Shipley 5,372
Queens Chapel 5,307
Knox Hill/Buena Vista 5,171
Fort Dupont 4,883
Barry Farm 4,814
Monumental Core 4,750
Foxhall Crescents 4,672
Le Droit Park 4,668
Lanier Heights 4,451
Pleasant Hill 4,409
Foxhall Village 4,341
Grant Park 4,324
Brentwood 4,250
Near Southeast 4,247
Hillcrest 4,172
NE Boundary 4,138
Central NE 3,963
Lamond Riggs 3,954
Woodland-Normanstone 3,923
Randle Highlands 3,806
Greenway 3,756
Wesley Heights 3,578
Langston 3,377
Garfield Heights 3,357
Lincoln Heights 3,295
Twining 3,195
Howard University 3,160
Mayfair 3,154
Dupont Park 3,047
Downtown East 3,043
Fort Lincoln 2,979
Southwest Employment Area 2,949
Benning 2,899
Fort Davis Park 2,830
Barnaby Woods 2,735
Penn Quarter 2,697
Burleith/Hillandale 2,647
Kalorama Heights 2,610
Downtown 2,600
Crestwood 2,533
Shepherd Park 2,253
Burrville 2,220
Eastland Gardens 2,182
Kenilworth 2,182
River Terrace 2,050
Park View 1,947
Ivy City 1,931
North Portal Estates 1,871
Colonial Village 1,871
Naylor Gardens 1,748
Gateway 1,743
South Central 1,743
Georgetown Reservoir 1,704
Hawthorne 1,674
Penn Branch 1,513
Arboretum 1,492
McLean Gardens 1,444
Stronghold 1,178
Fairfax Village 1,140
Navy Yard 1,138
Van Ness 1,027
Buzzard Point 972
Fort Stanton 945
Fort McNair 670
Mass. Ave. Heights 598

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Arlington 220,173
4.33 Alexandria 146,422
4.00 Glassmanor 18,389
4.33 Chevy Chase Village 1,974
3.66 Hillcrest Heights 15,604
3.66 Mount Rainier 8,277
4.33 Brookmont 3,758
4.33 Takoma Park 17,307
4.33 Chillum 36,684
3.66 Colmar Manor 1,737
4.33 Chevy Chase 9,435
3.33 Cottage City 1,070
4.33 Silver Spring 75,748
4.33 Bethesda 62,024
3.66 Coral Hills 10,196
3.66 Suitland 24,180
4.00 Fairmount Heights 1,529
3.33 Capitol Heights 4,452
2.33 Seat Pleasant 4,656
4.33 McLean 48,078

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 New York City 8,354,889
3.66 Philadelphia 1,546,920
4.33 Boston 639,594
3.66 Chicago 2,712,608
3.00 Baltimore 622,271

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 20011 65,701
4.33 20002 56,646
3.33 20019 53,352
3.66 20020 52,480
4.33 20009 50,709
4.33 20001 41,345
3.66 20032 38,152
4.33 20016 34,371
4.33 20010 33,670
4.33 20008 28,327
4.33 20003 28,202
4.33 20007 26,470
4.00 20017 19,364
4.00 20018 18,834
4.00 20015 15,916
4.00 20012 14,656
4.33 20037 15,156
4.33 20024 11,245
4.33 20005 12,497
4.33 20036 5,157
4.33 20057 3,809
4.33 20006 2,969
4.33 20064 1,742
4.33 20004 1,667
4.33 20052 341
2.33 20317 406
3.33 20319 89
4.00 20307 118
4.00 20390 279

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.00 District of Columbia Public Schools 129

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 The School Without Walls High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School - Kansas Avenue Campus Public, Charter 9-11 High
4.00 D.C. Preparatory Academy Public Charter School - Edgewood Middle Campus Public, Charter 4-8 Middle
3.00 Two Rivers Public Charter Elementary School Public, Charter PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.66 Washington Latin Public Charter School - Middle School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
3.33 Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Public Charter School Public, Charter PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Woodrow Wilson High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 E.L. Haynes Public Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
3.33 Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Public, Charter PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 D.C. Preparatory Academy Public Charter School - Edgewood Elementary Campus Public, Charter PK, K-3 Pre-K, Elementary
2.33 Capital City Lower Public Charter School Public, Charter PK, K-4 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School Public, Charter 4-8 Middle
3.33 SEED School of Washington, D.C. Public, Charter 6-12 Middle, High
2.66 KIPP DC - Aim Public Charter School Academy Public Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
3.33 Oyster-Adams Bilingual School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.33 KIPP DC - Key Academy Public Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
3.33 Howard University Middle School of Mathematics & Science (MS2) Public, Charter 6-8 Middle
4.00 Benjamin Banneker Academy High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 Alice Deal Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
2.66 D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School Public, Charter PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 Key Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Eaton Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Cesar Chavez Public Charter School - Bruce Campus Public, Charter 6-9 Middle
3.66 McKinley Technology High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 Stoddert Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
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
4.33 National Cathedral School Private, Religious, All-Girls 4-12 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
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
4.33 The Madeira School Private, Boarding, All-Girls 9-12 High
The Frost School Private, Special Education 3-12 Elementary, Middle, 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
3.66 Edmund Burke School Private 6-12 Middle, High
3.66 Washington Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 The Siena School Private, Special Education 4-12 Middle, High
4.33 Washington Waldorf School Private 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Field School Private 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 St. Anselm's Abbey School Private, Religious, All-Boys 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 Georgetown Preparatory School Private, Boarding, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 High
3.66 Brookewood School Private, Religious, All-Girls 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Barrie School Private, Montessori PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Georgetown University
United States Naval Academy
University of Maryland - College Park
George Washington University
American University
Corcoran College of Art & Design
George Mason University
St. John's College - Annapolis
Gallaudet University
Marymount University
Howard University
Catholic University of America
Washington Adventist University
Capitol College
University of Maryland - University College
Trinity Washington University
Bowie State University
University of the District of Columbia
Northern Virginia Community College
Montgomery College
Anne Arundel Community College
Prince George's Community College
Howard Community College
College of Southern Maryland
Medtech Institute - Falls Church

Around Washington, D.C.

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
African American 48.72% 12.23% 48.72% 25.07% 62.50% 22.69% 31.45% 22.58% 41.76%
White 35.38% 63.25% 35.38% 48.32% 28.08% 46.03% 32.17% 32.74% 36.20%
Hispanic 9.88% 16.62% 9.88% 14.11% 4.46% 18.37% 28.95% 28.82% 13.03%
Asian 3.55% 4.83% 3.55% 9.28% 2.49% 9.08% 5.69% 13.15% 6.63%
Multiracial 2.01% 2.05% 2.01% 2.69% 1.95% 2.31% 1.45% 1.67% 1.85%
Native American 0.22% 0.66% 0.22% 0.22% 0.26% 0.19% 0.13% 0.19% 0.20%
Other 0.21% 0.19% 0.21% 0.27% 0.22% 1.31% 0.16% 0.82% 0.31%
Pacific Islander 0.03% 0.16% 0.03% 0.05% 0.03% 0.01% 0.02% 0.03% 0.02%

Age

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
9 years and under 11% 13% 11% 13% 12% 10% 13% 12% 13%
10 to 17 years 6% 11% 6% 10% 9% 7% 10% 9% 9%
18 to 24 years 13% 10% 13% 9% 12% 18% 11% 10% 12%
25 to 34 years 22% 13% 22% 15% 18% 22% 19% 17% 17%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 14% 15% 12% 12% 14% 14% 12%
45 to 54 years 12% 14% 12% 15% 14% 11% 12% 13% 13%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 11% 11% 12% 10% 10% 11% 11%
65 and over 11% 13% 11% 10% 12% 10% 11% 13% 12%

Education Levels

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
Less than a high school diploma 11% 14% 11% 10% 19% 15% 18% 20% 19%
High school diploma or equivalent 19% 28% 19% 19% 30% 22% 23% 24% 34%
Some college or associate degree 17% 29% 17% 23% 24% 18% 23% 21% 23%
Bachelor's degree 23% 18% 23% 25% 15% 24% 21% 21% 14%
Master's degree or higher 30% 11% 30% 23% 13% 20% 14% 14% 10%

Gender

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
Female 52.7% 50.8% 52.7% 51.3% 52.9% 52.2% 51.5% 52.4% 52.8%
Male 47.3% 49.2% 47.3% 48.7% 47.1% 47.8% 48.5% 47.6% 47.2%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
Own 41.6% 64.9% 41.6% 64.2% 47.2% 34.2% 44.7% 31.9% 52.9%
Rent 58.4% 35.1% 58.4% 35.8% 52.8% 65.8% 55.3% 68.1% 47.1%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
Assault 607.7 278.9 607.7 337.0 675.7 418.1 460.0 371.3 481.1
Murder 15.9 5.0 15.9 8.2 33.8 8.1 15.1 3.9 15.9
Rape 71.3 13.6 71.3 39.3 42.8 49.3 25.8 77.4
Robbery 490.4 159.8 490.4 310.6 589.7 256.7 359.9 195.7 447.1

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Washington, D.C. United States District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
Burglary 525.6 573.5 525.6 395.8 1110.8 409.5 533.6 187.8 621.8
Larceny 3928.0 2079.6 3928.0 2610.2 2888.2 1998.3 2224.6 1323.0 2398.5
Motor vehicle theft 559.0 235.5 559.0 309.7 719.5 231.0 367.9 91.2 367.4

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
43°
29°
47°
31°
56°
38°
67°
47°
75°
56°
84°
66°
88°
71°
86°
70°
80°
62°
68°
51°
58°
41°
47°
32°
Precipitation
2.8"
2.6"
3.5"
3.1"
4.0"
3.8"
3.7"
2.9"
3.7"
3.4"
3.2"
3.0"
Snowfall
5.6"
5.7"
1.3"
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0.5"
2.3"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 43°
    29°
  • 47°
    31°
  • 56°
    38°
  • 67°
    47°
  • 75°
    56°
  • 84°
    66°
  • 88°
    71°
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  • 80°
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  • 68°
    51°
  • 58°
    41°
  • 47°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.8"
  • 2.6"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.1"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.7"
  • 2.9"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.2"
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    Snowfall

  • 5.6"
  • 5.7"
  • 1.3"
  • 0"
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    Avg. Temps

  • 43°
    29°
  • 47°
    31°
  • 56°
    38°
  • 67°
    47°
  • 75°
    56°
  • 84°
    66°
  • 88°
    71°
  • 86°
    70°
  • 80°
    62°
  • 68°
    51°
  • 58°
    41°
  • 47°
    32°

    Precipitation

  • 2.8"
  • 2.6"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.1"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.7"
  • 2.9"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.2"
  • 3.0"

    Snowfall

  • 5.6"
  • 5.7"
  • 1.3"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.5"
  • 2.3"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 111 responses

  • 56% Yes
  • 24% Not sure
  • 20% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 158 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

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 160 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 150 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 150 responses

  • 9% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 31% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 45% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 15% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 79 responses

  • 34% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 19% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 5% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 199 responses

  • 13% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 51% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 30% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 7% 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 48 responses

  • 23% I love everything about it.
  • 44% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 12% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 59 responses

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