The 10 Safest Washington, DC Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Washington are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Washington.
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Washington are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Washington. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Washington neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Washington in 2021? That would be Glover Park. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Washington.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Washington neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Washington that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Washington.

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How We Determined The Safest Washington Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Washington.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Washington." We're lookin' at you, Glover Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Washington. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2021

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Population: 12,937
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,147
More on Glover Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 9,436
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,351
More on Barnaby Woods: Homes For Sale | Data

Au-Tenleytown Washington, DC

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Population: 18,855
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 110
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,169
More on Au-Tenleytown: Homes For Sale | Data

The Palisades Washington, DC

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Population: 3,598
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 172
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,655
More on The Palisades: Homes For Sale | Data

Cleveland Park Washington, DC

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Population: 11,732
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,772
More on Cleveland Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 912
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 381
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,698
More on Foxhall Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Chevy Chase Washington, DC

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Population: 18,506
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,292
More on Chevy Chase: Homes For Sale | Data

Berkley Washington, DC

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Population: 2,252
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 401
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,698
More on Berkley: Homes For Sale | Data

Woodley Park Washington, DC

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Population: 7,667
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 215
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,425
More on Woodley Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 12,696
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 237
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,501
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Safest Places In Washington

Looking at the data, you can tell that Glover Park is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Washington Dc residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Glover Park 1,245
2 Barnaby Woods 1,375
3 Au-Tenleytown 1,289
4 The Palisades 1,827
5 Cleveland Park 1,900
6 Foxhall Village 2,079
7 Chevy Chase 2,483
8 Berkley 2,099
9 Woodley Park 2,640
10 Mount Pleasant 2,718
11 Adams Morgan 3,647
12 Brightwood 3,849
13 Catholic University-Brookland 4,170
14 Fort Totten-Upper Northeast 4,243
15 Takoma Park 4,465
16 Kalorama 4,712
17 Logan Circle 5,260
18 Foggy Bottom 5,322
19 Petworth 4,530
20 Downtown 4,856
21 Columbia Heights 5,909
22 Georgetown 7,708
23 Anacostia 5,521
24 Friendship Heights 8,434
25 Stadium-Armory 6,606
26 South West 6,800
27 Ledroit Park 6,813
28 Dupont Circle 7,701
29 Capitol Hill 6,900
30 Mount Vernon Square 9,870
31 Shaw 9,014
32 Deanwood 8,932
33 Brentwood 9,415
34 U Street Corridor 10,883

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About Chris Kolmar

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