Explore Our Neighborhoods...
Beyond the monuments and museums, Washington, DC is a city of neighborhoods - 131 to be exact. These neighborhoods come in different shapes and sizes. Some have a suburban feel, with single family homes and yards. Others are more compact and walkable, where only 30% of inhabitants own cars. Each of these neighborhoods has its own distinctive histories and residents. Look beyond our landmarks... where the city lives!
Neighborhoods in Ward 1 include Columbia Heights, Shaw, Howard University, Kaloroma, and Adams Morgan. This area was home to Helen Hayes and Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson. It features a variety of architecture from porch front row houses to Victorian Mansions.
Federal Triangle, Chinatown, Dupont Circle, and Burleith are some of the communities that make up Ward 2. However, the National Mall and many Smithsonian Museums are also located in this Ward.
Did you know that Ward 3 has 23 neighborhoods? Amoung them are Cathedral Heights, American University Park, The Palisades, Chevy Chase and Woodley Park. Ward 3 is also home to The University of District of Columbia!
Ward 4 has the distinction of having the only colonial church and churchyard in D.C. -- St. Paul's Rock Creek cemetery which is over 300 years old! Ward 4 is also home to the Brightwood neighborhood, one of the largest neighborhoods in the city. Other neighborhoods in the Ward 4 are Petworth, Shepard Park, and Takoma.
If you love different types of architecture, you are in luck in Ward 5! There you will find farm houses with wrap around porches, Victorian rowhouses, triplexes, and Cape Cods! Some of the neighborhoods include, Brookland, Eckington, Riggs Park, and Trinidad.
Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, NoMa, and Kingman Park all are neighborhoods that help make up Ward 6. It is also John Philip Sousa's birthplace, as well as the country's oldest continuously manned Marine installation - the U.S. Marine Barracks.
There are many opportunities for a break from the hustle and bustle in Ward 7. One example is the Aquatic Gardens with its rich history, amazing water gardens, and variety of wild life! Deanwood, Hillcrest, Kenilworth, and Mayfair help make up this Ward that has 29 neighboorhoods!
Winding streets, lots of trees,and hills make up neighborhoods in Ward 8 that was once upon a time mostly farmland. Frederick Douglass' Cedar Hill home is located here, as are the neighborhoods of Anacostia (home to the Big Chair), Buena Vista, and Knox Hill, to name a few.