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2022 Best Places to Live in the Washington, D.C. Area

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  1. #1 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Radnor/Fort Myer Heights

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says After living in midtown Manhattan for ten years, we lived in the Belvedere Condominium for five years on Oak Street. If you are making $175K + this is a decent place to live, but not a lot to do at....

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 11,927,

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  2. #5 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Ballston/Virginia Square

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    9 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Probably the best area within the Rosslyn to Ballston city corridor if you are a professional in your 30s (you might feel "old" at Courthouse). You will see some seniors as well, and more kids in....

    Read 9 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,929,

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  3. #9 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Clarendon/Courthouse

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says It's a very quick trip to Ballston or Washington DC which is convenient for commuting. Many restaurants and stores are walking distance..

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 9,877,

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  4. #44 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Columbia Heights

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,966,

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  5. #46 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Foxcroft Heights

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 1,572,

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  6. #53 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    McNair

    Suburb in Virginia,

    9 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says Ever since I moved here, I have stopped worrying about dangerous activities ensuing in the environment. The crime rate here is low an unfrequent. I moved from West Virginia, where drug activities....

    Read 9 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 20,776,

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  7. #71 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Long Branch Creek

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    6 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Read 6 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,409,

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  8. #81 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Aurora Highlands

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Lived here for 17 years and love it! All the convenience of city living with the ability to own a home with large trees & back yard. Walk, bike, scoot, or drive to parks, restaurants, Metro, work, or....

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 11,249,

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  9. #89 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Lanier Heights

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    19 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says Very fun area with plenty to do, see, and eat. Always new places popping up which makes visiting the same area a fun new experience..

    Read 19 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,317,

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  10. #95 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Penrose

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    4 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Penrose is a wonderful, family-friendly, neighborhood with a number of restaurants and shops along Columbia Pike, and parks throughout the neighborhood. The neighborhood's location makes it easy to....

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 5,009,

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  11. #97 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Eisenhower East

    Neighborhood in Alexandria, VA,

    8 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says Moving from a conservative small town in Ohio to a metropoltian area was intense, however, it was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I feel that I am blessed to experience new....

    Read 8 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,868,

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  12. #115 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Chinatown

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    1 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 2,697,

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  13. #118 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Buckingham

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    17 Niche users give it an average review of 3.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says Arlington County is a very safe place and environment to live at.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 6,425,

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  14. #144 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Mount Vernon Square

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    5 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Mt. Vernon Square is located in the downtown region of Washington near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This neighborhood is currently undergoing multiple changes that include....

    Read 5 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 9,919,

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  15. #154 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Navy Yard

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 2.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Navy Yard is a thriving walkable community. It gives you easy access to the metro and community activities. If you like sports, this is the place to live..

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 1,390,

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  16. #167 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Golden Triangle

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 3 stars.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 2,559,

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  17. #184 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    University Center

    Suburb in Virginia,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Lived in University Center for 10 years and love it! Our neighborhood sits within the George Washington University Science and Technology campus and is walking distance to the restaurants and shops....

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 3,878,

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  18. #206 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Downtown East

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    4 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 1,029,

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  19. #223 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Alexandria West

    Neighborhood in Alexandria, VA,

    30 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love the beautiful parks and trails in the area. I can walk to most of the stores I need to shop at. The landscaping in my area is also exceptionally well done. Being so close to DC means there is....

    Read 30 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 30,033,

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  20. #225 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Near Southeast

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    10 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says This area is near almost everything! 10-15 minute drive to the Nationals Stadium as well as the National Harbor. Great shops and restaurants near by..

    Read 10 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 5,952,

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  21. #232 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    North Capitol Street

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    7 Niche users give it an average review of 3 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says You can get to the monuments easily, the zone is secure and the houses are so pretty and colorful, and they have history, since they're old, but there are also modern buildings. There is good....

    Read 7 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 2,796,

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  22. #279 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    White Oak

    Suburb in Maryland,

    50 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I have lived in the Silver Spring, MD, area for > 20 years. I've been in the White Oak area for the last year or so. But, I used to come to this area to buy food, go to Safeway, go down to TGIF....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 15,655,

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  23. #287 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Bull Run

    Suburb in Virginia,

    24 Niche users give it an average review of 3.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says I like this area a lot. There are 2 little parks nearby for kids, a gym to work out in, a tennis court, and a pool! If I could live over again, however, I would not live here at first because the....

    Read 24 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 16,769,

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  24. #298 Best Places to Live in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Columbia Heights West

    Neighborhood in Arlington, VA,

    23 Niche users give it an average review of 3.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says I have lived in Arlington my whole life and I think it's great. There are some areas that are struggling with crime and poverty but they have improved over the years. The county is extremely diverse....

    Read 23 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 6,860,

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  25. Fort Totten

    Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,

    12 Niche users give it an average review of 2.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says What I like about the fort totten area is that it is a very family-like area. It's for people wanting to start a family. The part where I live is pretty diverse and is full of nice people. I would....

    Read 12 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Population: 4,372,

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