Home United States Forum United States Guide Moving to United States Real Estate Healthcare in United States
United States
Resources
City Guides
Cigna International Health Insurance
JoinSign In
CIGNA Expat Health Insurance US

Best Places to Live in Washington, DC

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on: Nov 21, 2019

Summary: Expats exploring where to live in Washington, DC have a wide variety of options, and you'll have to research them carefully to find the best place for you. Here are some of the best neighborhoods to consider.

Living in the United States - Best Places to Live in Washington, DC

Expats who move to Washington, D.C. have a variety of options to choose from. In addition to living within the city limits of D.C., many people live in nearby Virginia and Maryland. Below, however, we'll focus on the city itself. Overtime, we'll add more neighborhoods to this list.

Capitol Hill

As its name would suggest, Capitol Hill is located right above the U.S. Capitol Building. This location makes it easy to walk, or take a quick Uber ride, to the National Mall. It is home to the wonderful Eastern Market, and there are also several excellent restaurants on Capitol Hill.

Kalorama Heights

If you're looking for mansions and neighbors who rank among the most powerful people in the world, Kalorama Heights may be just the place for you. Its proximity to Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and Georgetown add more than enough options to dine, have some drinks and find other things to do.

Georgetown

Most people will recognize the name Georgetown, and this is indeed the neighborhood that is home to Georgetown University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Residents and tourists alike patronize the high-end stores, restaurants and bars that have become a huge draw for what is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.

Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is another highly sought after neighborhood that has a lot to offer in terms of culture, eateries, shops and more. The circle itself is a traffic circle and is home to a fountain where people hangout and just enjoy the bustle of the neighborhood. There are museums (Philipps Collection, National Geogrphic Museum), embassies, bookstores (Kramerbooks & Afterwords), and more. Refer to the Dupont Circle Citizens Association for a local take on the neighborhood.

Wesley Heights

Wesley Heights is a small and principally residential neighborhood. It's upscale, desirable and quiet, which means it's not the easiest place to find a home. Lovely neighborhood for those that cherish those qualities, but you'll generally be going elsewhere for restaurants and entertainment. Residents are happy to make that sacrifice.

expat health insurance from CIGNA

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. With Cigna Global Health Options, you can create an international health insurance plan that's perfectly tailored for the needs of you and your family.

Learn More Get a Quote

Brookland

Another neighborhood with popular restaurants and pubs, Brookland is also rich with history. The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is billed as "America's Catholic Church." Similarly, there is also a National Shrine of Saint John Paul II, which is why it is sometimes dubbed "Little Rome." Brookland Pint, a popular brewpub, and Monroe Street Art's Walk also help define the neighborhood's character.

Woodley Park

With tree lined streets, access to Rock Creek Park and proximity to the Smithsonian National Zoo, Woodley Park is a highly-sought after address. The Woodley Park Community Organization tracks issues important to the community.

Adams Morgan

In Adams Morgan you will find an interesting mix of restaurants, bars, various fitness options, a great bookstore in Lost City Books (formerly know as Idle Time), and much more. So if you're looking for a lot of variety right in your neighborhood, give Adams Morgan a hard look.

Logan Circle

Logan Circle also offers a blend of options - small boutique shops and large retail stores - for instance. As with just about every other neighborhood we're highlighting, nearby restaurant and bar options are aplenty. People looking for a diverse neighborhood will find that and more in Logan Circle. The colorful Victorian rowhouses are a signature look, but plenty of modern options are available.

NoMa

The addition of the New York Ave–Florida Ave Metro, which is now NoMa-Gallaudet U station, ushered in a flood of development into NoMa over the course of the last several years, and there's been no turning back. (NoMa is an abbreviation for North of Massachusetts Avenue NE.) Union Market is an anchor, there's plenty of new housing, lots of shopping and restaurants, and much more.

Join our United States Expat Forum

Visit our United States Forum and talk with other expats who can offer you insight and tips about living in United States.

Read Next

Healthcare-in-the-USHealthcare in the US

Expats in the United States have to navigate one of the most expensive health systems in the world. However, when properly navigated, the quality of care is excellent when compared to the rest of the world.

Washington,-DCWashington, D.C.

Anyone moving to Washington, D.C. is bound to have a lot of questions about what it's like to live in the capital of the United States. Cost of living, healthcare, transportation and much more is covered in this introductory article.

Cost-of-Living-in-New-York-CityCost of Living in New York City

New York City is one of the most "international" cities in the world, but expats there also contend with one of the most expensive costs of living at the same time. Here's what you need to know to get a general idea of what those costs are.

NYC-HospitalsNYC Hospitals

New York City is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the world. If you're a NYC expat, you should familiarize yourself with NYC hospitals before a medical emergency or need arises. And, when you're choosing expat health insurance, you'll want to know which hospitals are included in network.

International-Schools-in-NYCInternational Schools in NYC

Expats living in NYC have many international and bilingual school choices -- international schools, bilingual schools, language immersion schools, IB World schools, British Schools and more. Here's a list of the most well-known international schools in NYC.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

Take the 2020 Expat Exchange Survey

Write a Comment about this Article

Sign In to post a comment.
addacomment

Updated On: Nov 21, 2019

First Published: Nov 21, 2019

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in United States from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Culture-Shock-in-Northern-VirginiaAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Northern Virginia, United States

Be as open and as friendly as you can be. You may find friends that are a different age or nationality from those you had at home. Treat yourself to the odd magazine or candy from your home country and skype.

Be as open and as friendly as you can be. You may find friends that are a different age or nationality from those you had at home. Treat yourself to the odd magazine or candy from your home country an...

Living-in-ChristianstedAn Expat Discusses Living in Christiansted, United States

An expat talks about life in Christiansted, St. Croix following Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. The oil refinery closed, tourism was down and jobs were hard to come by. But, the situation is improving since refinery has reopened and there are reconstruction jobs. She wouldn't advise someone to move to St. Croix right now unless they don't need to work.

An expat talks about life in Christiansted, St. Croix following Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. The oil refinery closed, tourism was down and jobs were hard to come by. But, the situation is i...

Healthcare-in-the-USHealthcare in the US

Expats in the United States have to navigate one of the most expensive health systems in the world. However, when properly navigated, the quality of care is excellent when compared to the rest of the world.

Expats in the United States have to navigate one of the most expensive health systems in the world. However, when properly navigated, the quality of care is excellent when compared to the rest of the...

Washington,-DCWashington, D.C.

Anyone moving to Washington, D.C. is bound to have a lot of questions about what it's like to live in the capital of the United States. Cost of living, healthcare, transportation and much more is covered in this introductory article.

Anyone moving to Washington, D.C. is bound to have a lot of questions about what it's like to live in the capital of the United States. Cost of living, healthcare, transportation and much more is cov...

United States Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2020 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal