The 10 Cheapest Washington, DC Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Washington are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Washington.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Washington
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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 2019? 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 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Washington, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

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

  • 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 2019

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,302
Cost Of Living Index: 171 (21st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.9 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.006 (1st cheapest)
More on Takoma Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Takoma Park comes in at $154,600 and the median home value is $751,983 for 2019.

Catholic University-Brookland Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 57,481
Cost Of Living Index: 142 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.6 (14th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (9th cheapest)
More on Catholic University-Brookland: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

Downtown Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,132
Cost Of Living Index: 142 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.9 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (27th cheapest)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,937
Cost Of Living Index: 165 (18th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (16th cheapest)
More on Glover Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Glover Park comes in at $115,917 and the median home value is $573,173 for 2019.

Fort Totten-Upper Northeast Washington, DC

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,123
Cost Of Living Index: 139 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.9 (18th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (13th cheapest)
More on Fort Totten-Upper Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

South West Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,100
Cost Of Living Index: 138 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (28th cheapest)
More on South West: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,768
Cost Of Living Index: 159 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (17th cheapest)
More on Logan Circle: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Logan Circle comes in at $100,118 and the median home value is $538,670 for 2019.

Deanwood Washington, DC

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,798
Cost Of Living Index: 115 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.3 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (31st cheapest)
More on Deanwood: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,154
Cost Of Living Index: 159 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.2 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (22nd cheapest)
More on Adams Morgan: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Adams Morgan comes in at $101,976 and the median home value is $529,538 for 2019.

Anacostia Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 117,488
Cost Of Living Index: 114 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (33rd cheapest)
More on Anacostia: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

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 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Takoma Park 171
2 Catholic University-Brookland 142
3 Downtown 142
4 Glover Park 165
5 Fort Totten-Upper Northeast 139
6 South West 138
7 Logan Circle 159
8 Deanwood 115
9 Adams Morgan 159
10 Anacostia 114
11 Au-Tenleytown 206
12 Stadium-Armory 137
13 Cleveland Park 186
14 Dupont Circle 159
15 Capitol Hill 164
16 Barnaby Woods 207
17 Friendship Heights 190
18 Foggy Bottom 140
19 Chevy Chase 196
20 Mount Pleasant 160
21 Brentwood 135
22 Petworth 177
23 Woodley Park 206
24 U Street Corridor 175
25 Ledroit Park 166
26 Columbia Heights 158
27 Brightwood 163
28 Mount Vernon Square 160
29 The Palisades 228
30 Georgetown 221
31 Shaw 170
32 Kalorama 252
33 Berkley 226
34 Foxhall Village 208

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