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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Columbia Heights West is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia with a population of 8,441. Columbia Heights West is in Arlington County. In Columbia Heights West, most residents rent their homes. In Columbia Heights West there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Columbia Heights West and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Columbia Heights West are highly rated.
About Columbia Heights West...
Population
8,441

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$223,257
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,502
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    75%
  • Own
    25%
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Columbia Heights West Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,388
National
$55,322
Families with Children
43%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    28%
    13%
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Sometimes the sense of safety in this area was not great. I had a few times where I had to contact the police for very minor offenses, and they were always there right away. My apartment building also felt the need to hire a security guard on weekends to patrol the grounds. This was something I hadn't experiences before so I was worried about why we needed that much protection. The police were always around especially on weekends or late at night.
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I like diversity and learning from other cultures, but this isn't exactly a college neighborhood, so you have a strong divide between educated professionals and blue-collar workers with lower levels of education who sometimes can't even express themselves in English. I speak Spanish because I learned it in school, but not everybody who isn't Hispanic does, so communicating isn't easy. Not to mention that there are also many people whose native language isn't Spanish (Ethiopians, Middle Easterners, Indians, Vietnamese, Chinese, Koreans, etc). I wish I had this same level of diversity but in a college town so I could have interesting discussions and learn about different cultures and countries.
I'll say it's okay because my apartment complex is a real gem hidden in this otherwise pretty poor neighborhood. The fact that this isn't an upscale neighborhood also keeps the rent lower than in similar apartment complexes located in hippest areas. But if you aren't lucky enough to find an apartment in my complex, the houses and other apartment buildings around here aren't very enticing. Overall, I haven't hated living here. I was close enough to my community college and the view from my window is very pretty (overlooking the creek and the trail). However, it's pretty boring. Now that I work and study in DC, I'm looking to move to the city but rents there are much higher. In the future, life in the area should get better because they are planning to revitalize the neighborhood and they might even replace some buses with streetcars. Hopefully that will bring better stores and an overall higher quality of life.