Dupont Circle Tops List of D.C.’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Last August we relayed Walk Score’s top 10 rankings of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. Thirteen months later the rankings have stayed mostly the same as far as entries, though two were added (Adams Morgan and Shaw), and of course two dropped out (Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Square).

But though Dupont Circle is still in the top spot, the rest of the deck was shuffled. Here are the winning scores:

1. Dupont Circle
2. Chinatown
3. U Street Corridor
4. Downtown
5. Penn Quarter
6. West End
7. Logan Circle
8. Judiciary Square
9. Adams Morgan
10. Shaw
Walk Score: 97
Walk Score: 97
Walk Score: 97
Walk Score: 97
Walk Score: 96
Walk Score: 96
Walk Score: 95
Walk Score: 95
Walk Score: 95
Walk Score: 94

Walk Score lists the District as “very walkable” (a score of 74 makes it the seventh most walkable large city in the nation), but we already knew that, what with Metrorail, the nation’s “second[-]largest heavy rail transit system” (transit score: 70), and the plethora of little corner groceries.

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The site also gives us a bike score of 65, which is not surprising, given some of the bike-related posts we’ve done. Take a leisurely walk or drive around the city and notice the number of bikes you see. Yes, with a spate of chic, livable neighborhoods to rent an apartment in, Washington, D.C., is nothing if not foot- and bike-friendly.

And with the addition of the Silver Line, commuting from the suburbs just keeps getting easier, and those walk scores for the Northern Virginia neighborhoods it serves will likely keep rising.

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Some other neighborhoods I know from experience that are walkable include Capitol Hill (including Barracks Row), Foggy Bottom and Navy Yard. (Tenleytown ain’t bad, either, especially if you don’t mind hills.)

And there are many more neighborhoods I’m not as versed in that are rated very walkable as well. If you’re looking to rent without a car, Washington, D.C., is a very smart pick.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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