2017 Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in Washington, D.C. Metro

Explore the best neighborhoods to raise a family based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other data sources.

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    Hawthorne

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Barnaby Woods

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Niche User:We moved hear from the heart of the city and this allows for both suburban life away from the noise, but quick access to public transportation to get into the city again.
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    Wesley Heights

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Foxhall Crescents

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:A great place to live but a little expensive
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    American University Park

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 11 reviews
    Niche User:I'd live here forever if it's possible
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    Palisades

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Foxhall Village

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Van Ness

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Chevy Chase

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Niche User:Not too much crime to speak of.
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    Tenleytown

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    North Cleveland Park

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:As a woman I feel safe walking up to my apartment from the metro at any time of day/evening. There are sometimes reports of burglaries in my apartment complex but otherwise it seems safe.
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    Spring Valley

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:D.C. has many advantages, past being the hotbed of U.S. politics, but does have its shortcomings.
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    Friendship Heights

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Cathedral Heights

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 25 reviews
    Niche User:Washington DC offers a more pleasant experience that a rural community. Between the local parks/trails, diversity of museums and international restaurants, residents experience what I would consider as quaint urbanization applicable to a variety of age groups. I would recommend living here for a few years to experience all twelve square miles of quirky city-scape. If I could go back in time and move elsewhere, I would chose not to.
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    Woodland-Normanstone

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Cleveland Park

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Safe neighborhood close to many restaurants, and Admo if you want to have a fun night out. Rent is pricey but hey, it's DC. Love living in this neighborhood because it's more lowkey but still super central and close to downtown and other more lively neighborhoods of DC.
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    Shepherd Park

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Forest Hills

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:My neighborhood is very safe, but some other neighborhoods about 10 minutes away can be somewhat unsafe at night.
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    Crestwood

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Burleith/Hillandale

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Safe, clean neighborhood. Close to Glober park restaurants & amenities (Town Hall, Surfside, Madfox, Whole Foods, Ace Handware, Safeway, FedEx, etc). Friendly, well-established neighbors. One would feel welcomed here.
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    Glover Park

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:Glover Park is not very diverse and the the cost of living in one of the houses in the neighborhood is very high. However, the schools here are pretty good in getting the students the knowledge they need and the neighborhood is full of families. The neighborhood is very safe.
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    Woodley Park

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Woodley Park is a lovely neighborhood during all times of the year with the small exception of one or two spring weeks when it is flooded with out of town tourists on their spring breaks flocking to the National Zoo. All other times of year Woodley Park is a lovely district north west residential neighborhood, with some very good restaurants such as Open City and Bar Cevita on busy Connecticut Avenue which breaks up the pretty, sleepy townhouse streets with traffic and restaurants. Woodley Park has its own metro station which is also very nice, and lots of trees. The neighborhood public schools are all very good; Oyster-Adams Bilingual is and exceptional elementary and middle school, and Woodrow Wilson High School is very good as well.
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    Mount Pleasant

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 8 reviews
    Former Resident:There is always something new to discover in Mount Pleasant in terms of people and the food. Restaurants of all cultures are lined up next to each other, so you'll have new food to try out literally everyday.
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    Foggy Bottom

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 12 reviews
    Current Resident:Foggy Bottom is a wonderful place to go to school! It has a metro stop, it's not far from shopping at Georgetown/M street, it's extremely close to DC landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, and its a cute neighborhood overall.
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    McLean Gardens

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Niche User:I love this neighborhood. I feel it's the perfect suburban safehaven.
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