These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Washington, DC For 2018


Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Washington are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Washington, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Washington neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Washington are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Washington for 2018:

  1. Kalorama (Homes)
  2. Barnaby Woods (Homes)
  3. Au-Tenleytown (Homes)
  4. Cleveland Park (Homes)
  5. Woodley Park (Homes)
  6. Georgetown (Homes)
  7. Chevy Chase (Homes)
  8. The Palisades (Homes)
  9. Friendship Heights (Homes)
  10. Berkley (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Washington that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Washington.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Washington for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Washington, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 33 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Washington.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Kalorama.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Washington has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Kalorama

Population: 2,459
Median Income: $122,740
Median Home Value: $858,126

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2. Barnaby Woods

Population: 9,171
Median Income: $179,210
Median Home Value: $906,950

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3. Au-Tenleytown

Population: 18,846
Median Income: $175,213
Median Home Value: $835,779

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4. Cleveland Park

Population: 11,602
Median Income: $114,072
Median Home Value: $652,437

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5. Woodley Park

Population: 7,406
Median Income: $125,072
Median Home Value: $844,801

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6. Georgetown

Population: 14,156
Median Income: $138,516
Median Home Value: $775,019

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7. Chevy Chase

Population: 18,413
Median Income: $128,985
Median Home Value: $810,458

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8. The Palisades

Population: 3,475
Median Income: $161,776
Median Home Value: $953,917

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9. Friendship Heights

Population: 2,904
Median Income: $127,658
Median Home Value: $799,800

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10. Berkley

Population: 2,319
Median Income: $160,093
Median Home Value: $928,740

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Washington

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Washington where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Washington:

  1. Stadium-Armory
  2. Ledroit Park
  3. Columbia Heights

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    Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Washington

    Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
    1 Kalorama 2,459 $858,126 2,312 1.5%
    2 Barnaby Woods 9,171 $906,950 2,312 2.5%
    3 Au-Tenleytown 18,846 $835,779 2,312 2.9%
    4 Cleveland Park 11,602 $652,437 2,312 2.5%
    5 Woodley Park 7,406 $844,801 2,312 2.4%
    6 Georgetown 14,156 $775,019 2,312 2.8%
    7 Chevy Chase 18,413 $810,458 2,312 2.7%
    8 The Palisades 3,475 $953,917 2,312 2.6%
    9 Friendship Heights 2,904 $799,800 2,314 2.0%
    10 Berkley 2,319 $928,740 2,312 2.7%
    11 Glover Park 13,001 $567,400 2,907 2.6%
    12 Takoma Park 5,041 $708,300 2,981 3.8%
    13 Dupont Circle 13,972 $540,207 3,062 2.1%
    14 U Street Corridor 9,799 $592,983 3,508 3.9%
    15 Logan Circle 13,360 $514,130 3,262 3.7%
    16 Capitol Hill 52,181 $530,582 4,701 5.9%
    17 Mount Vernon Square 5,264 $459,833 4,974 4.3%
    18 Petworth 11,791 $618,292 4,653 6.9%
    19 Adams Morgan 16,510 $538,406 3,662 4.9%
    20 Mount Pleasant 11,933 $579,373 4,396 5.5%
    21 Anacostia 110,610 $203,680 8,917 13.8%
    22 Deanwood 27,514 $200,508 8,879 12.0%
    23 Brightwood 15,553 $532,508 5,624 6.3%
    24 Downtown 8,177 $354,550 4,605 4.1%
    25 Brentwood 27,501 $319,182 7,694 11.2%
    26 South West 10,350 $326,680 6,021 5.8%
    27 Catholic University-Brookland 54,553 $381,053 7,081 9.7%
    28 Foggy Bottom 15,970 $341,890 5,700 2.6%
    29 Fort Totten-Upper Northeast 23,924 $373,632 7,138 8.6%
    30 Shaw 12,508 $552,608 4,930 5.9%
    31 Columbia Heights 35,739 $507,721 5,825 5.6%
    32 Ledroit Park 11,055 $513,970 5,756 6.6%
    33 Stadium-Armory 20,783 $365,474 7,198 9.1%

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