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
$506,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,362
National
$949
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.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    572
    283
  • Murder
    20
    6
  • Rape
    73
    41
  • Robbery
    462
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    346
    500
  • Theft
    3,876
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    426
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$72,935
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • 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
    10%
    13%
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I have lived in Washington D.C. all of my life and love every minute of it! D.C. can be an expensive city, but it is full of history and good times. Stick to Georgetown if you want to see the creme de la creme of D.C. society. You have the best restaurants, cafes and shopping all along M street. Adam's Morgan is where the young professionals (and interns) go to party and have a good time. You can also stay along Capital Hill near the Senate office buildings for some good local bars and taverns. If you head outside of D.C. such the surrounding neighborhoods in Montgomery County, MD and Old Town, Alexandria, then you find areas full of great restaurants and shopping. The nation's capital also has some pretty awesome museums that include free entrance to all of the Smithsonian's on the National Mall.
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I live here! I am a Washingtonian, which means I was born and raised here. Over the years the city has evolved, and it is now quite the little young professional hub type of place. It has become a lot more multi-cultural, and is an exciting place to live. Our Smithsonian museums are free, our zoo is free, and there is much to see and do! Great restaurants of ALL kinds of ethnic cuisine, and a vibrant night life. We have a very clean, and pretty safe subway system. It's of course not perfect, but it truly is a cool place to live!
Could be a much nicer place if crime and homeless was monitored and corrected ... very expensive and rental housing is really high ... public transportation lacks (and is behind) in many ways, and eating out is outrageous! Washington, DC (our nation as capitol) should reflect more of our better efforts and project our pride ... and not fall prey to so many bad and undesirable elements.

I came here in 1976 and never left, yet I've watched one thing after another fall, deteriorate, or close and the crime has increased greatly. Housing (costs) has increased over past several years, forcing many to move outside of the metro area.