Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.
I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.
And while every neighbhorhood in Washington might be more expensive than living in rural Washington Dc, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.
So what exactly are those Washington neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Washington are the cheapest.
What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Washington for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Takoma Park looks to be the cheaptest Washington neighborhood to live in.
At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Washington. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.
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.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.
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How We Determined The Cheapest Washington Hoods In 2020
In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Washington, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.
- Overall Cost Of Living
- Rent To Income Ratio
- Median Home Value To Income Ratio
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Washington.” We’re lookin’ at you, Takoma Park.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Washington. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.
The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2020
The median income in Takoma Park comes in at $154,600 and the median home value is $751,983 for 2020.
Brookland is a neighborhood in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C., historically centered along 12th Street NE. Brookland is bounded by Michigan Avenue to the north, Rhode Island Avenue NE to the south, South Dakota Avenue to the east, and the tracks for the Red Line of the Washington Metro to the west. The western boundary originates with the establishment of the former Metropolitan Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1873, creating the physical barrier which continues to separate Brookland from Edgewood to the west today.
Brookland is served by the Brookland-CUA station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro.
The median income in Catholic University-Brookland comes in at $77,486 and the median home value is $437,657 for 2020.
Downtown is a neighborhood of Washington, D.C., as well as a colloquial name for the central business district in the northwest quadrant of the city. Geographically, the area extends roughly five to six blocks west, northwest, north, northeast, and east of the White House. Several important museums, theaters, and a major sports venue are located in the area. A portion of this area is known as the Downtown Historic District and was listed on the NRHP in 2001.
The median income in Downtown comes in at $96,571 and the median home value is $376,550 for 2020.
The median income in Glover Park comes in at $115,917 and the median home value is $573,173 for 2020.
Fort Totten is a neighborhood located in Ward 5 of Northeast Washington, D.C. Fort Totten is contained between Riggs Rd NE to the north, Bates Rd NE, Allison Street NE, and the southern end of Fort Totten Park to the south, the Washington Metropolitan Area Red Line train tracks to the east, and North Capitol Street NW to the west. The Washington Metropolitan Green Line train tracks also goes through the Fort Totten neighborhood through an underground tunnel that goes through Fort Totten Park when traveling between the Fort Totten and Georgia Avenue – Petworth Metro Stations. Fort Totten borders the adjacent neighborhoods of Riggs Park, Brightwood Park, North Michigan Park and Michigan Park, Pleasant Hill, and Petworth.
The median income in Fort Totten-Upper Northeast comes in at $69,793 and the median home value is $409,893 for 2020.
Southwest is the southwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, and is located south of the National Mall and west of South Capitol Street. It is the smallest quadrant of the city. Southwest is small enough that it is frequently referred to as a neighborhood in and of itself. However, it actually contains five separate neighborhoods.
The median income in South West comes in at $73,812 and the median home value is $376,320 for 2020.
The median income in Logan Circle comes in at $100,118 and the median home value is $538,670 for 2020.
Deanwood is a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C., bounded by Eastern Avenue to the northeast, Kenilworth Avenue to the northwest, Division Avenue to the southeast, and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue to the south.
One of Northeast’s oldest neighborhoods, Deanwood’s relatively low-density, small wood-frame and brick homes, and dense tree cover give it a small-town character that is unique in the District of Columbia.
The median income in Deanwood comes in at $41,869 and the median home value is $221,083 for 2020.
The median income in Adams Morgan comes in at $101,976 and the median home value is $529,538 for 2020.
Anacostia is a historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Its downtown is located at the intersection of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. It is located east of the Anacostia River, after which the neighborhood is named. Like the other quadrants of Washington, D.C., Southeast encompasses a large number of named neighborhoods, of which Anacostia is the most well known. Anacostia includes all of the Anacostia Historic District that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Often the name Anacostia is incorrectly used to refer to the entire portion of the city that is southeast of the Anacostia River.
The median income in Anacostia comes in at $38,135 and the median home value is $204,972 for 2020.
Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Washington
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Washington where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Washington aren’t all cheap. Foxhall Village takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Washington.
We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2020
|Rank||Neighborhood||Cost Of Living Index|
|5||Fort Totten-Upper Northeast||139|
|24||U Street Corridor||175|
|28||Mount Vernon Square||160|