The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Washington For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Washington are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Washington.
Safest Neighborhoods In Washington
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Washington are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Washington. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Washington neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Washington in 2020? That would be Glover Park. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Washington.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Washington neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest Washington Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Washington.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Washington.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Glover Park.

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

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,937
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,096
More on Glover Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Glover Park comes in at 93 and the property crime per capita is 1,096 for 2020.

Au-Tenleytown Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,855
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 104
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,117
More on Au-Tenleytown: Homes For Sale | Data

Tenleytown is a historic neighborhood in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

The violent crime per 100K people in Au-Tenleytown comes in at 104 and the property crime per capita is 1,117 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,436
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,291
More on Barnaby Woods: Homes For Sale | Data

Barnaby Woods is a neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., wedged between Rock Creek Park and Montgomery County, Maryland. It is bounded on the north by Aberfoyle Place, on the west by Western Avenue, on the south by Tennyson Street, and on the east by Oregon Avenue. Barnaby Woods is entirely residential, with no commercial zoning whatsoever, and the housing consists primarily of 1930s colonial homes on large parcels of land although on Unicorn Lane NW there are only townhouses.

The violent crime per 100K people in Barnaby Woods comes in at 23 and the property crime per capita is 1,291 for 2020.

The Palisades Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,598
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,582
More on The Palisades: Homes For Sale | Data

The Palisades, or simply Palisades, is a neighborhood in Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River, running roughly from the edge of the Georgetown University campus to the D.C.-Maryland boundary. MacArthur Boulevard is the main thoroughfare that passes through the Palisades.

The violent crime per 100K people in The Palisades comes in at 182 and the property crime per capita is 1,582 for 2020.

Cleveland Park Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,732
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,693
More on Cleveland Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Cleveland Park is a residential neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. It is located at 385611N 77358W and bounded approximately by Rock Creek Park to the east, Wisconsin and Idaho Avenues to the west, Klingle and Woodley Roads to the south, and Rodman and Tilden Streets to the north. Its main commercial corridor lies along Connecticut Avenue, NW, where the eponymous Cleveland Park station of the Washington Metro’s Red Line can be found; another commercial corridor lies along Wisconsin Avenue. The neighborhood is known for its many late 19th century homes and the historic Art Deco Uptown Theater. It is also home to the William L. Slayton House and the Park and Shop, built in 1930 and one of the earliest strip malls.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cleveland Park comes in at 121 and the property crime per capita is 1,693 for 2020.

Chevy Chase Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,506
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 171
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,190
More on Chevy Chase: Homes For Sale | Data

Chevy Chase is a neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C. It borders Chevy Chase, Maryland, a collection of similarly affluent neighborhoods.

The violent crime per 100K people in Chevy Chase comes in at 171 and the property crime per capita is 2,190 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 912
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 380
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,662
More on Foxhall Village: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Foxhall Village comes in at 380 and the property crime per capita is 1,662 for 2020.

Berkley Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,252
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 380
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,662
More on Berkley: Homes For Sale | Data

Berkley is a neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. It is sometimes referred to as Foxhall Crescents, after a housing development built within the neighborhood.

The violent crime per 100K people in Berkley comes in at 380 and the property crime per capita is 1,662 for 2020.

Woodley Park Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,667
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,318
More on Woodley Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Woodley Park is a neighborhood in Northwest, Washington, DC. It is bounded on the north by Woodley Road and Klingle Road, on the east by the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park, on the south by Calvert Street, on the southwest by Cleveland Avenue, and on the west by 34th Street.

The violent crime per 100K people in Woodley Park comes in at 185 and the property crime per capita is 2,318 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,696
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 215
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,391
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Mount Pleasant comes in at 215 and the property crime per capita is 2,391 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Washington

Looking at the data, you can tell that Glover Park is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Washington Dc residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Glover Park 1,189
2 Au-Tenleytown 1,221
3 Barnaby Woods 1,314
4 The Palisades 1,764
5 Cleveland Park 1,814
6 Chevy Chase 2,361
7 Foxhall Village 2,042
8 Berkley 2,042
9 Woodley Park 2,503
10 Mount Pleasant 2,606
11 Adams Morgan 3,482
12 Brightwood 3,663
13 Catholic University-Brookland 3,970
14 Fort Totten-Upper Northeast 4,031
15 Takoma Park 4,252
16 Kalorama 4,519
17 Logan Circle 5,041
18 Foggy Bottom 5,082
19 Petworth 4,321
20 Downtown 4,737
21 Georgetown 7,345
22 Columbia Heights 5,630
23 Anacostia 5,243
24 Friendship Heights 8,047
25 South West 6,481
26 Stadium-Armory 6,282
27 Capitol Hill 6,596
28 Ledroit Park 6,501
29 Dupont Circle 7,353
30 Mount Vernon Square 9,436
31 Shaw 8,602
32 Deanwood 8,514
33 Brentwood 8,975
34 U Street Corridor 10,369

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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