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Living in Washington D.C.

Washington DC's Metro (WMATA) service goes out to the Beltway and beyond, meaning you can live in Alexandria, Arlington, or Bethesda and still work in central DC. Dupont Circle is the heart of the transit system with transit lines to the city’s famous monuments — the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Mall, and the White House.

The Capital Bike Share program is great, with miles of bike routes, and the city’s topography is bicycle friendly. DC has a wealth of walkable neighborhoods with classic row houses and nearly endless attractions.

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Walk Score of Washington D.C., DC

Washington D.C. is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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National Cathedral School

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Logan Circle

Washington D.C. is the 7th most walkable large city in the US with 601,723 residents.

Washington D.C. has excellent public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Washington D.C.'s most walkable neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, U-Street and Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown.

Washington D.C. Apartments for Rent

View all Washington D.C. apartments on a map. The average rent is $2,180 and the average home price is $646,750.

Rental info for Latrobe Apartments in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,999
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Courtland Towers in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,995
1 bed
Walk Score 90
Rental info for Bainbridge Bethesda in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,610
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Andover House in the Washington D.C. area
from $2,292
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Post Pentagon Row in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,825
Studio
Walk Score 80
Rental info for The Seasons in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,595
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Eleven55 Ripley in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,703
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Avalon Clarendon in the Washington D.C. area
from $1,930
Studio
Walk Score 95

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Washington D.C. Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Dupont Circle 98 92 92 17,057
2 U-Street 97 85 93 11,427
3 Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown 96 100 88 7,570
4 Mount Vernon Square 96 100 89 6,494
5 Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End 96 90 90 16,281
6 Logan Circle - Shaw 95 91 93 21,218
7 Adams Morgan 95 82 90 15,639
8 H Street-NoMa 93 82 91 8,315
9 Columbia Heights 93 82 88 35,322
10 Mount Pleasant 90 80 79 10,443
11 LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale 89 75 78 8,739
12 Kalorama 88 78 83 2,587
13 Eckington 85 71 87 3,492
14 Howard University 85 75 77 1,101
15 SW Ballpark - Navy Yard 85 81 92 4,091
16 Capitol Hill 85 79 93 38,802
17 Petworth 84 71 81 20,979
18 Georgetown 83 67 76 16,704
19 16th Street Heights - Crestwood - Brightwood Park 83 65 62 17,694
20 AU Park - Friendship Heights - Tenley 82 64 69 9,341
21 Kingman Park 80 67 90 6,604
22 Trinidad - Langston 79 59 65 14,495
23 Brightwood - Manor Park 79 67 61 16,676
24 Glover Park 76 56 62 8,455
25 Southwest - Waterfront 76 75 82 11,444
26 Brookland 75 69 67 18,794
27 Brentwood - Langdon 73 61 53 7,660
28 Van Ness - Forest Hills 73 63 58 13,738
29 Woodley Park 73 70 74 6,751
30 Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens 72 55 62 11,780
31 Cleveland Park 72 65 62 6,594
32 McMillan Reservoir 68 68 69 776
33 Colonial Village - Shepherd Park 68 72 44 4,038
34 Fort Totten - Riggs Park 68 73 49 10,960
35 Benning 68 72 61 8,599
36 Congress Heights 64 62 51 38,816
37 Marshall Heights - Lincoln Heights 64 63 51 14,944
38 Anacostia 62 68 47 22,990
39 Chevy Chase-DC 62 52 59 14,994
40 Foxhall-Palisades 60 40 64 8,437
41 Spring Valley 60 43 55 5,554
42 Randle Heights 59 63 43 9,851
43 Hillcrest - Fairfax Village 57 58 44 3,724
44 Michigan Park 57 66 53 7,574
45 Woodridge - Fort Lincoln 57 51 49 6,004
46 Fort Dupont 56 56 49 19,875
47 Deanwood 55 65 47 8,813
48 River Terrace - Lily Ponds - Mayfair 41 69 57 4,814
49 Potomac Yard - Potomac Greens 6 11 71 826

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,100 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Washington D.C..

People in Washington D.C. can walk to an average of 10 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Dupont Circle

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Wonderland Bar and Grill

Restaurant Choices Map

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thumbnail for National Cathedral SchoolThis iconic place should not be missed by any visitor to DC. Regardless of religion, you'll fall in love with the architecture... #cathedralheights

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on National Cathedral School

Transit Score of Washington D.C., DC

Washington D.C. has Excellent Transit

Transit is convenient for most trips. Find Washington D.C. apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Washington D.C. has excellent public transportation and about 144 bus, 2 rail, 6 subway and 1 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Washington D.C. on public transit.

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Washington D.C. has about 321 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Hertz On Demand.

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NoMa Summer Screen

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Canal Park Ice Rink

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Park Tavern

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Buddhist center

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Church on 16th Street

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Lafayette Farmer market

Bike Score of Washington D.C., DC

Washington D.C. is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Bike sharing is available from Capital Bikeshare.

Crime in Washington D.C.

= Lowest Crime

Each year in Washington D.C., 10 violent crimes and 56 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe Washington D.C. neighborhood.

Pick a neighborhood to see crime maps or type an address to see the Crime Grade for that location.

What's It Like to Live in Washington D.C.?

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Bartholdi Fountain

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Lincoln Memorial

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts

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Harriet Tubman Elementary School In Washington DC

Overview

Diverse, with a thriving local economy and an endless array of things to do – a lot of them free! – and a central location that serves as a hub not just for East coast travel, but as a launching point across the Atlantic…these are just a starting point of what’s great about living in Washington DC.

Much of the work in DC is either directly for or in some way related to the government – legal and financial services, lobbyists, think tanks, and policy related NGOs. Hotel giant Marriott is based in Washington DC, while Capitol One, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and dozens of other defense, research, and finance companies have their headquarters in the greater metropolitan area.

DC is home to one of the largest student populations in the nation; there are 19 colleges and universities in the district – Georgetown, George Washington, Gallaudet, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design along with a handful of religious and political institutions.

Washington DC is located in a region that gets four distinct seasons; it’s famous for the beautiful spring cherry blossoms which cover extensive government building green spaces with a carpet of flower petals, but the change of color in fall is striking and lovely as well. Winters can bring snow storms, but it is the summer heat that challenges the residents – the muggy humid days take some getting used to.

Nearly 20% of the city is dedicated to public parks. That doesn’t include the spectacular array of museums – the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Air and Space, the National Portrait Gallery, the International Spy Museum, and dozens of other cultural institutions. Combine all that culture with a great restaurant scene that’s ethnically diverse, an extensive transit system, international tourist and travelers, and a metro area that’s comprised of interesting neighborhoods and you have a great place to live.

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NoMa Summer Screen

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Gallaudet University

Getting Around

Residents commonly complain about the lack of parking and about the region’s terrible traffic. Thankfully, you really don’t need a car in DC, in fact, you are probably better off without one. Washington DC’s extensive subway system – Metro – services the entire DC area, reaching out to Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda as well as many satellite communities. The DC subway also connects to Reagan National Airport. The Washington Flyer connects Metro to Dulles Airport.

Metro also operates the bus service that fills the gaps on the surface streets – and they run a series of limited stop express lines. The DC Circulator runs regular service on very popular routes and there’s a streetcar in the works. MARC and VRE run the commuter rail lines from Maryland and Virginia, into Washington DC.

Capital Bikeshare has a staggering network of bike share stations, not just in DC proper, but in Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, Montgomery County – allowing many DC residents to pass on bike ownership and rely exclusively on the Bikeshare program for their fair weather transportation. There are miles of cycle-friendly mixed use trails. Bikestation operates a secure bike parking facility near Union Station; it’s popular with rail commuters that live outside the city but want to do their in-city commuting by bike.

DC has car-sharing services including ZipCar, Hertz on Demand, Car2Go, and Enterprise Car Share, so if you find you need a car for short errands. DC also has a terrific central website (GoDCGo.com) to help you find information about any of your transportation questions.

thumbnail for Logan CircleLogan Circle. A beautiful park surrounded by historic houses with amazing architecture.

loganxart .
on Logan Circle

Neighborhoods

Dupont Circle is a walker’s paradise and is arguably DC’s most walkable neighborhood and is situated over a major transportation hub. Oddball fun fact? The subway station here is home to one of the longest escalators in the world. At street level, the neighborhood is comprised of a mix of historic row houses and some elegant embassy mansions. Dupont Circle is where DC has its annual gay pride parade and is home to a large LGBT population. The ubiquitous row houses occasionally come up for rent, but mostly you’ll be looking at newer high rise buildings, studios and up to two bedroom apartments.

You’d have to try hard to be more than five minutes away from a bus or subway station, a good restaurant or café, or a supermarket – everything is outside your door if you choose to live in Dupont Circle.

The nearby West End has a few supermarkets, is crisscrossed by major bus routes, and is walking distance to the Metro station. Apartments and condos are primarily in larger complexes – so you can find a place with an outdoor pool, a gym, and a gourmet kitchen and roomier living spaces with up to three bedrooms.

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8th & Elder St NW, Washington DC

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Malolo Bed and Breakfast

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Canal Park

Photo of Canal Park in Washington D.C.

Canal Park

Across the Potomac in Arlington, there are several very walkable neighborhoods. Ballston-Virginia and Clarendon-Courthouse both have direct Metro service into DC on the Orange line. The Coast Guard and the Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters are in Ballston. There’s a well known food festival here, the Taste of Arlington. Most rentals here are in large apartment buildings though you can find units with up to four bedrooms. There’s a lot of newer construction here compared to some of the in-city neighborhoods, so if you’re looking for modern buildings with amenities, these are good neighborhoods to research.

Single family homes are harder to find in the immediate DC area, you’ll need to look at little further out – Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase are both still on the Metro line. You’ll have to compromise a little bit on walkability, but you’ll be able to park your car and you can find a historic home with a yard and a garage.

Silver Spring, Maryland, has a revitalized urban downtown with a mix of new and older apartment buildings.

To live and work in our nation's capitol, Washington D.C. you can find the perfect Washington D.C. studio where you can stroll tree-lined streets and bike to work on the city's boulevards. Prices are a little lower outside the immediate metropolitan area so if you’re open to a rail commute, it’s worth looking in Maryland, at cities that are on the MARC rail line, or south in Virginia at neighborhoods with stations on the VRE.

55% of people in the DC area currently rent their homes. Walk Score helps you find a two bedroom condo in Georgetown, family rental homes in Tyson's Corner, or a studio apartment in Dupont Circle. Discover places to live by square footage, condos with a view of the National Monument, or near the best DC coffee shops and restaurants.

thumbnail for Bartholdi FountainThe fountain is was designed for gas lamps and is beautiful at night.

John Allread
on Bartholdi Fountain

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Meridian Hill Park

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Garfield Park

thumbnail for Lincoln MemorialIt's stunning anytime of day, but if you have time, visit just before sunset...it's glorious.

Holli Beckman
on Lincoln Memorial

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