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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C-
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      599
      273
    • Murder
      24
      6
    • Rape
      73
      41
    • Robbery
      506
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      442
      525
    • Theft
      3,599
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      475
      263

    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%

    Washington, D.C. Reviews

    230 reviews
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    Never a dull moment! Whether it's a new bar or artistic event, the opportunities are endless. Museums are free and always changing. There are also festivals and events that are free admission or no more than $20. Night life is also live and different each time. Whether it's Nelly's or bar hopping in Adams Morgan...classy or trashy...you choose! Plus the people you meet are liberal and fun!
    Review Washington, D.C.
    I love living in DC - it's such a beautiful city and it has so much variety. With all the free museums and other free venues you can always find free activities; great for students and recent grads on a budget. There's so much history here, between the government buildings, monuments, historic Alexandria & Georgetown. It still has great nightlife, like any other big city: bars, nightclubs, concert halls, music clubs, theaters, embassy galas, etc. It's easy to get around without a car; the metro/bus system has its issues but for the most part is really useful. It's a great city for runners and anyone who loves to bike or hike - there are tons of foot/bike paths, trails, and proximity to hiking trails in Virginia.
    The biggest drawback is the cost of rent. It is just as expensive as Boston or NYC depending on where you look, but you can find affordable spots just outside the city.
    Washington is a great, bustling city. Something is always happening here and there's always something to do, whether its nightlife, gallery openings, museum special exhibits, discussions, or protests. It is an expensive city for living as commuting is expensive by public transportation and by car ownership. However, public transportation is extensive and good quality. Rent is also very expensive. The city is sharply divided by income but even less-income areas are being reformed and price of living is going up.