A List of Growing Neighborhoods in Washington DC
With so many popular neighborhoods in the Washington D.C. area, it's important to understand which ones are actually growing. New research has shown that 18 specific neighborhoods, which fell below the median household income and property value in 2001, have grown significantly over the past 12 years.
These neighborhoods are considered "transitioning" or "gentrifying" areas of the city and typically describe communities that are shifting toward any combination of younger, more affluent or whiter residents, at the expense of longtime, poorer residents. Here are the neighborhoods in alphabetical order that fall into this category:
- Barry Farms
- Columbia Heights
- Congress Heights
- Fort Dupont Park
- Ledroit Park
- Lily Ponds
- Marshall Heights
- Old City I (H Street NE)
- Randle Heights
- 16th Street Heights
These areas are attracting younger residents who are strong earners. Most of the new residents are single, looking for a condo and want to define themselves by living in a hip, trendy neighborhood.
Identifying these neighborhoods as transitioning wasn't easy and wasn't just speculation. Expert researchers looked at many statistics including the change in the age of the population, how many married couples filed taxes from the area and the growth of condominium construction. And, it's important to note that with some communities, such as the predominantly black Barry Farms and Marshall Heights, the gentrification is not tied to racial make-up of new residents but rather to their earning power.