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Best Places To Live In Washington, DC

  • Washington, DC
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  • Population: 659,009
  • Your not Kansas City or Dallas but............... Running a city is painful if you're a leftie, but not if you're a rightie. Not my problem I voted for a leftie and got no proclamation that the guy was…[read more]
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score89
  • Neabsco, VA
  • City: 24.5mi / 39.5km away
  • 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]
  • Occoquan, VA
  • City: 20.2mi / 32.5km away
  • Population: 947
  • Merrifield, VA
  • City: 12.2mi / 19.6km away
  • 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]
  • Westover Village, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 6.6mi / 10.7km away
  • Population: 2,179
  • Fair Oaks, VA
  • City: 18.5mi / 29.8km away
  • 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]
  • Kingstowne, VA
  • City: 12.0mi / 19.2km away
  • 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]
  • North Ridge-Rosemont, Alexandria, VA
  • Neighborhood: 6.2mi / 10.0km away
  • Population: 12,333
  • Friendship Heights Village, MD
  • City: 5.7mi / 9.1km away
  • Population: 4,730
  • Lake Barcroft, VA
  • City: 8.4mi / 13.6km away
  • Population: 9,851
  • Kensington, MD
  • City: 9.0mi / 14.5km away
  • Population: 2,111
  • I've lived here for almost my life! One of my favorite places here the Antique Row! I love this place! You can find lots of good places like the Mormon Temple during Christmas time, the shopping center…[read more]
  • Williamsburg, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 7.3mi / 11.8km away
  • Population: 2,968
  • Rock Spring, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 6.6mi / 10.7km away
  • Population: 3,223
  • Yorktown, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 6.4mi / 10.3km away
  • Population: 3,417
  • Chevy Chase town, MD
  • City: 6.9mi / 11.0km away
  • Population: 2,948
  • Aurora Highlands, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 4.1mi / 6.7km away
  • Population: 11,584
  • Ballston-Virginia Square, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 5.0mi / 8.1km away
  • Population: 12,604
  • McLean, VA
  • City: 9.8mi / 15.8km away
  • 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]
  • Waycroft-Woodlawn, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 5.8mi / 9.3km away
  • Population: 1,549
  • Newington, VA
  • City: 15.2mi / 24.5km away
  • 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]
  • Highland Park-Overlee Knolls, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 7.0mi / 11.3km away
  • Population: 1,601
  • Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens, Alexandria, VA
  • Neighborhood: 5.6mi / 8.9km away
  • Population: 3,750
  • Idylwood, VA
  • City: 10.0mi / 16.1km away
  • 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
  • City: 15.3mi / 24.7km away
  • Population: 694
  • Taylor Run, Alexandria, VA
  • Neighborhood: 6.9mi / 11.1km away
  • Population: 6,851
  • Lyon Park, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 4.3mi / 6.9km away
  • Population: 5,521
  • Springdale, MD
  • City: 9.7mi / 15.6km away
  • Population: 2,878
  • Woodbridge, VA
  • City: 20.9mi / 33.7km away
  • Population: 4,436
  • I'll keep this short and sweet. I've lived in Woodbridge for 25 years and I can honestly say that this is one of the best places that I know of to live and to raise a family. Being just a hop, skip, and…[read more]
  • Kings Park West, VA
  • City: 16.2mi / 26.1km away
  • Population: 13,925
  • I've visited the city of Kings Park West, Virginia and love its simplicity. The residents are very ethnically diverse in this city. This state is well known for being a pretty city. With the cost of…[read more]
  • Burke Centre, VA
  • City: 17.1mi / 27.6km away
  • 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]
  • Reston, VA
  • City: 17.7mi / 28.5km away
  • 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]
  • Cascades, VA
  • City: 22.2mi / 35.7km away
  • 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]
  • Woodlawn CDP (Carroll County), VA
  • City: 13.0mi / 20.8km away
  • Population: 2,247
  • Cherrydale, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 4.9mi / 7.9km away
  • Population: 3,398
  • I am very grateful to be an employee of Cherrydale Health and rehabilitation Center. Almost 3 years ago, when I had my interview, an nurse that was a part of the recruiting team told me " I like this…[read more]
  • Newington Forest, VA
  • City: 16.4mi / 26.4km away
  • Population: 12,262
  • Newington Forest is a fascinating city in Fairfax County. It offers a residential and commercial layout. The town holds about 12,000 residents at the average age of 37. The unemployment is down 3.20%…[read more]
  • Franconia, VA
  • City: 12.1mi / 19.5km away
  • Population: 19,935
  • I experienced a great lifestyle while living in Franconia Virginia. The city is located in Fairfax County Virginia. Franconia is close to Alexandria and just north of Fort Belvoir, a US Army facility.…[read more]
  • Chevy Chase Village, MD
  • City: 5.6mi / 9.1km away
  • Population: 2,030
  • Arlington, VA
  • City: 4.8mi / 7.8km away
  • 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]
  • Oakton, VA
  • City: 15.4mi / 24.7km away
  • Population: 36,748
  • I've been in Oakton going on five years, and it is a fantastic choice. It's close enough to Mclean and Washington that there are a lot of opportunities for education and business available, especially if…[read more]
  • Arlington Ridge, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 4.3mi / 6.9km away
  • Population: 5,493
  • Huntington, VA
  • City: 8.4mi / 13.5km away
  • Population: 13,032
  • Living in Huntington has been an overall fantastic experience. Not only is this place perfect to raise a family, its perfect for single individuals who are looking for a small town to get comfortable in.…[read more]
  • Lyon Village, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 4.2mi / 6.8km away
  • Population: 3,541
  • Lake Ridge, VA
  • City: 21.8mi / 35.1km away
  • 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]
  • Radnor-Ft Myer Heights, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 3.3mi / 5.3km away
  • Population: 10,224
  • Colonial Village, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 3.6mi / 5.7km away
  • Population: 2,644
  • West Springfield, VA
  • City: 14.3mi / 23.0km away
  • Population: 23,028
  • Living in West Springfield might be expensive, but the city has a lot to offer and the price tag is justified. Due to its close proximity to Washington DC, there are a lot of opportunities for work in…[read more]
  • Chevy Chase, MD
  • City: 6.9mi / 11.0km away
  • Population: 9,618
  • Hayfield, VA
  • City: 12.3mi / 19.8km away
  • Population: 4,453
  • Bethesda, MD
  • City: 7.9mi / 12.7km away
  • Population: 62,608
  • Paramount, California has been my home for several years now. I moved to Paramount from Minnesota, so you might imagine the huge change I had to go through. However, Paramount did not make it hard for me…[read more]
  • Alcova Heights, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 5.2mi / 8.3km away
  • Population: 2,027
  • Arlington-East Falls, Arlington, VA
  • Neighborhood: 7.7mi / 12.4km away
  • Population: 5,637

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.