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Best Places To Live In Washington, DC

  • Washington, DC
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 659,009
  • I loved the attractions and going out to the mall. Everything was so green and everyone seemed to fit. 10/10 I would go again if I…[read more]


Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • Occoquan, VA
  • 20.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 947
  • Fair Oaks, VA
  • 18.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 33,478
  • Fair Oaks is a town with lots of quaint attractions that you'll find interesting if you love if you and your friends are history buffs. One of the main sites in the city is Shaker Village of Pleasant…[read more]
  • Westover Village, Arlington, VA
  • 6.6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,179
  • Merrifield, VA
  • 12.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 17,000
  • Merrifield, VA is one of those places you just don't find any more. Breathtaking, unspoiled nature and scenery, wonderful people everywhere you go, great schools, easy-to-find housing, a healthy job…[read more]
  • Cascades, VA
  • 22.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 12,205
  • It's experienced beautiful parks while living in Cascades Virginia. The beautiful natural scenery of this small town is captivating. Cascades has lots of friendly people that create a close-knit…[read more]
  • Neabsco, VA
  • 24.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 17,038
  • Living in Neabsco, Virginia is truly all that I've dreamed about. Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, I always felt out of place living so far south. Not only was I not into things that my…[read more]
  • Friendship Heights Village, MD
  • 5.7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,730
  • Arlington, VA
  • 4.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 226,092
  • First off, a $100k+ salary here is the same as a $40k salary in an average US city. This is one of the few places where someone with a graduate degree from an ivy league school needs to work a 2nd or 3rd…[read more]
  • Kingstowne, VA
  • 12 miles away (City)
  • Population: 15,779
  • I live in Kingstowne, Virginia and I can say that this area is very pleasant. My family and I initially chose Kingstown, because we needed to be closer to Washington, D.C. for an easy to commute to my…[read more]
  • Williamsburg, Arlington, VA
  • 7.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,968
  • Idylwood, VA
  • 10 miles away (City)
  • Population: 18,921
  • I experienced great hometown life while living in Idlywood Virginia. The quaint town is off of Interstate 66 in Fairfax County. The Idlywood area provides prestigious schools with above-par academic…[read more]
  • Upper Marlboro, MD
  • 15.3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 694
  • Rock Spring, Arlington, VA
  • 6.6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,223
  • Lyon Village, Arlington, VA
  • 4.2 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,541
  • Arlington-East Falls, Arlington, VA
  • 7.7 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 5,637
  • Woodlawn CDP (Carroll County), VA
  • 13 miles away (City)
  • Population: 2,247
  • Lyon Park, Arlington, VA
  • 4.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 5,521
  • Madison Manor, Arlington, VA
  • 7.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,579
  • Bluemont, Arlington, VA
  • 6.1 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 7,049
  • Claremont, Arlington, VA
  • 6.1 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,865
  • Yorktown, Arlington, VA
  • 6.4 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,417
  • Pimmit Hills, VA
  • 9.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 6,511
  • Arlington Heights, Arlington, VA
  • 4.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,143
  • Hayfield, VA
  • 12.3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,453
  • McLean, VA
  • 9.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 48,867
  • I found as a kid and when I brought my family back as an adult, McLean. Virginia is the ideal city to live and experience. Being one of the model cities within Northern Virginia's Fairfax County,…[read more]
  • Falls Church, VA
  • 8.6 miles away (City)
  • Population: 13,597
  • I grew up in this little city just outside Washington DC and have lived here most of my life. It is a very transient area. It is very safe and known for its quality schools but as far as I am concerned…[read more]
  • Alexandria, VA
  • 7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 151,473
  • Alexandria is as bad as Oakland California. The only difference is that they have made it legal to steal here. If you are not white and have a lot of money you are targeted by the police who ticket and…[read more]
  • North Ridge-Rosemont, Alexandria, VA
  • 6.2 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 12,333
  • Aurora Highlands, Arlington, VA
  • 4.1 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 11,584
  • Woodmont, Arlington, VA
  • 4.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 697
  • Riverwood, Arlington, VA
  • 4.4 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 199
  • Arlington Ridge, Arlington, VA
  • 4.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 5,493
  • Lake Barcroft, VA
  • 8.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 9,851
  • Ballston-Virginia Square, Arlington, VA
  • 5 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 12,604
  • Lake Ridge, VA
  • 21.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 44,685
  • The thing I love most about living in Lake Ridge is the beautiful scenic environment. I really enjoy sitting by water at the Occoquan reservoir and watching the birds. Virginia is so wonderful during the…[read more]
  • Waverly Hills, Arlington, VA
  • 5.5 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,408
  • Dover Crystal, Arlington, VA
  • 4.6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 535
  • Arlington Forest, Arlington, VA
  • 6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,684
  • Belle Haven town, VA
  • 9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 562
  • Dominion Hills, Arlington, VA
  • 6.9 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,757
  • Donaldson Run, Arlington, VA
  • 5.4 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,254
  • Chevy Chase town, MD
  • 6.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 2,948
  • Newington, VA
  • 15.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 13,583
  • As I have grown to learn more in my elderly years, the term home is where the heart is rings more true now than ever. If ever I have loved a city with all of my heart, Newington would be that city. A…[read more]
  • Mantua, VA
  • 13.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 7,497
  • Reston, VA
  • 17.7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 60,070
  • When I visited Reston from nearby Falls Church, Virginia, I felt that I was in an idyllic city. Its streets are safe to walk around in and are very, very clean. Visiting Restons' restaurants is a gourmet…[read more]
  • Vienna, VA
  • 13 miles away (City)
  • Population: 16,378
  • Accessibility would be the best word to describe Vienna, Virginia. This bedroom community of Washington, D.C. is an ideal suburban location for D.C. commuters because of its central location on the…[read more]
  • North Chevy Chase, MD
  • 7.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 498
  • Burke Centre, VA
  • 17.1 miles away (City)
  • Population: 18,130
  • If you can get past the Northern Virginia traffic, then I assure you that you will enjoy what our suburbs have to offer. Here we have a place called Burke Centre, and I promise you I never heard of it…[read more]
  • Nauck, Arlington, VA
  • 5.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 6,130
  • Northeast, Alexandria, VA
  • 6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,081

Washington, D.C.: Living in the Capital

Washington, D.C. is a city that most people in the United States view as the country’s capital. This is the home of high government institutions including the White House, the Supreme Court, and the Congress. Residents of the District, however, see it as an area that has more than just government. Individuals who live in Washington, D.C have a varying experience depending on their neighborhoods. The city its environs are clean, and they have several public parks. It has many entertainment venues, restaurants, cultural sights, and museums. Every neighborhood in the city has a different atmosphere. Just like any other community, residents interact at dog parks, block parties, coffee shops, and many other places.

The cost of living in Washington, D.C is higher than most places in the U.S. Home prices in the city are significantly greater than the country’s average, and they are expected to keep rising. The cost of renting a house in the city has surpassed the national average by approximately $400. Neighborhoods in the city have different costs of living. Maryland residents who stay in communities such as Silver Spring and Bethesda spend a lot than those who live in D.C and Virginia. Individuals who live in Virginia and own vehicles are required to pay personal property tax annually. Washington, D.C has a broad variety of the homes ranging from Capitol Hill’s historic row houses to the Penn Quarter-based luxury homes. The city currently has a housing problem due to its 20 percent year-over-years population increase.

The city experiences four seasons in a year. Its temperatures rise to over 90°F during summer, and the humidity is high. The place also experiences a lot of snow during winter, and it at times gets serious to the extent of shutting down the public transit systems. The weather is good during spring and fall.

Transport in the city is not a problem since the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) owns buses and trains that serve the residents of the city and suburbs such as Virginia and Maryland. Apart from the transit services of WMATA, there are also buses that are offered by communities such as Maryland and Virginia. Most of the people choose to drive, and this has led to heavy traffic congestion in the area especially during rush hours. Some of the people use bicycles as a means of transport, and this has been made easier by the Capital Bikeshare program.

The high population and cost of houses in Washington have made it difficult for people to get homes. AreaVibes offers excellent services that enable individuals to find ideal rental houses of homes that they can buy. We provide seven options that one can use in searching for the best place to live in Washington, D.C.

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