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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Washington, D.C. is a city in District of Columbia with a population of 684,498. Washington, D.C. is in District of Columbia County and is one of the best places to live in District of Columbia. Living in Washington, D.C. offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Washington, D.C. there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Washington, D.C. and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Washington, D.C. are above average.
About Washington, D.C....
Population
684,498

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$568,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,487
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Washington, D.C. Rankings

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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
    548.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    63.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    307.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    254.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,652.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    362.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    23%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Washington, D.C.

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$82,604
National
$55,322
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I absolutely love DC! It has the community element of a smaller town and the appeal of a slightly larger city. There's always something to do here: lots of farmers markets, festivals, all the free museums and attractions, lots of open, free outdoor space. It is easy to stay away from the political bubble, as well, if you're not into that sort of thing. I keep up with the news, but am no way considered a wonk, so it's great to be in a bit of a bubble here and know that people care about many different causes and the state of the world without being overwhelmed. A lot of different non-profits and fields exist here, making it a great place to be professionally. Though it's expensive, the great happy hour + brunch + free activities make it worth it. It's also super diverse, which I love as someone from a Pakistani background!
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I have been living in Washington DC my entire life. I greatly appreciate how accessible historical monuments & museums are to me. As a result of these easily accessible resources (ex: Smithsonian Institution), I have been able to educate myself. To a tourist, DC may seem like the capital of the free world. Before COVID, my favorite memory of DC was going on walks & seeing street dancers dancing to our Go-Go music. Washingtonians have advocated for our culture an example is #DontMuteDC that began in my neighborhood a year ago.

Having said that there many underlying problems that need to be changed in DC. The first major issue that has affected me directly is gentrification. Four years ago my neighborhood was gentrified & I was forced to move to another part in DC. It's gone to the point where one-bedroom apartments are nearly $2000.On a lighter note, DC arguably has the most disappointing sports teams starting with the Washington Football Team previously known as the Redskins.
DC is a transient city. Although that means farewell parties over the years, you get to meet people from across the country and the world. With the National Mall and landmarks, you will not find a better place to go on a walk or jog on the East Coast. The city is surprisingly young and thus run by 20-something year olds. It is not as expensive as NYC or Boston but it is climbing!