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Top 10 Washington DC Neighborhoods For Children

If you have kids and are thinking of moving to Washington DC, then check out the following list of the top neighborhoods for raising a family based on a variety of metrics including schools, safety, level of education in the neighborhood and number of other families with children in the community. 

Woodland/NormanStone Terrace

Residents call Woodland/NormanStone Terrace a "safe and sound" neighborhood.  They note that not only is it peaceful and quiet, but it also is home to neighbors who actually take the time to get to know one another.

Kalorama Heights

Kalorama Heights is indisputably home to great real estate investment properties, but it is also a safe neighborhood that is made all the safer by the presence of its many embassies and associated security.  Highly walkable with a number of parks and open green spaces, Kalorama gives kids and families the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors just steps from their backyard.


Georgetown is one of the nicest areas in all of Washington DC. The combination of quiet, tree-lined streets with the hustle and bustle of M street, give Georgetown an urban flair, introducing kids to a cosmopolitan environment at an early age.

Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle offers quiet streets for children to safely play outdoors. This affluent neighborhood is safe, with family friendly restaurants only a stone’s throw away.

Lanier Heights

Residents praise Lanier Heights, a sub-neighborhood of Adams Morgan, as a truly residential neighborhood that has great access to the commercial quarter, the Zoo, and Rock Creek Park without having to deal with crowds or late night noise.  Its diversity, close-knit spirit, and walkability are other points in its favor as a family-friendly neighborhood.

Cleveland Park

Cleveland Park features a rarity in many cities -- homes with front and back yards.  Cleveland Park is also home to clean and quiet streets, and a safe, relatively crime-free community.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is a top ranked neighborhood for children based on its safety rankings and its walkability. Its close proximity to the National Monuments give kids one of the best playgrounds in the country.

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase offers top-ranked schools and easy access to the city.  Long-time residents praise it as a safe area for children to grow and call home.

Wesley Heights

Wesley Heights is a safe, clean, and quiet neighborhood of stately homes that was one of the first master-planned communities in the country.  Its community clubhouse is the heart of the active social network in the area that revolves around kid-friendly activities.

Brookland offers easy accessibility to great childcare facilities, as well as parks and recreational areas.

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