A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$475,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,327
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%

Washington, D.C. Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    599
    0
  • Murder
    24
    0
  • Rape
    73
    41
  • Robbery
    506
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    442
    1
  • Theft
    3,599
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    475
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,848
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Washington, D.C. Reviews

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I love living in DC--it's slower paced than New York, which overwhelms me (though I love it) and has an amazing multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-national, multi-lingual mix of people. Not to mention great outlets for art, theatre, music, and neighborhoods with a good mix of character. Definitely not just politics!
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Washington D.C. is amazing, it's a small city version of New York! Many different background there, it's big mixing pot, I love it, dive in to other people culture, it's amazing. The different variety of restaurants are never ending, there is always something new to discover, even in the surrounding counties. Although the cost of living is expensive, it's worth it with decent schooling along with rapid transportation, but traffic is hectic.
DC is great for finding jobs because if the sheer amount of businesses and government agencies. I did not go to school here but the public schools seem fairly decent however the children's behavior is terrible and not a good environment for children that are easily influenced. I believe charter or private schools would be the best option for people that take their child's education and social life seriously. The housing market is extremely expensive compared to how much the jobs n this area usually pay. Parking, public transportation, tickets, higher costs at stores compared to even the surrounding states, and higher taxes are the reason for my low rating on the cost of living. The trains are usually having wok done and depending on the area and time of day public buses will literally drive right past you wether your old, pregnant, or otherwise. There are a lot of vegan restaurants and grocery stores and this a very health and fitness conscious city.