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The Best Washington DC Family Neighborhoods


If you're moving to the DC area with your family, it's important to choose your neighborhood wisely as DC offers a diverse mix of communities and not all are ideal for young families with children.

A few key factors to consider before moving into a new neighborhood include:

  • Area schools
  • Neighborhood amenities
  • Proximity of parks and recreation facilities
  • Affordability
  • Location and convenience

The list below includes popular family-friendly neighborhoods in Washington, DC but your best bet is to visit both the community and the schools before making a decision.

Palisades is home to some of the top-rated schools in the District with some highly ranked private schools located nearby.   Stoddert, in Glover Park, is one of the top ranked elementary schools in the area.   

Buena Vista and Anacostia are the most affordable communities on the list. About half the homes in Buena Vista have children and 40%  of the residents in Anacostia have children. Both neighborhoods have become increasingly gentrified over the last decade and have a close-knit feel to them.

More affluent neighborhoods for families include Dupont Circle, Palisades and Georgetown. These three areas provide excellent schools, larger homes as well as a number of conveniences such as upscale shopping and dining.

Mount Pleasant is another strong choice with its renowned farmer's market and a close proximity to the zoo. If you choose Glover Park for your new home, you will become a part of an active community that celebrates a number of events.

Any of these seven family neighborhoods could be right for you.  Again, it's important to visit the area during different times of the day to get a sense of traffic patterns and a true indication of the neighborhood feel.

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