UPPER NORTHWEST

It has a rich history, stunning architecture, and diverse amenities to keep you entertained.

Welcome to Upper Northwest

DC’s historic home for urban living and diversely designed neighborhoods.
 
The Upper Northwest area is home to some of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods, including American University Park, Tenleytown, and Friendship Heights. These areas offer a high standard of living, with spacious homes, lush landscaping, and tree-lined streets. Accessible to the rest of the city, residents of these neighborhoods live near some of the city's most well-known monuments, parks, and recreational facilities.
 
Upper Northwest DC has a long history, tracing back to the 19th century. Its elegant architecture reflects its rich past. Find many homes in the Federal and Tudor styles, featuring beautiful stone or brick facades, spacious yards, and lush landscaping. The area is filled with row houses, single-family homes, and high-rise condominiums, giving it a mix of residential options to suit any lifestyle. It is home to American University and George Washington University, two world-renowned universities. Several prestigious private schools, including the National Cathedral School, provide top-notch education to the area's students. 
 
Upper Northwest DC is a great place to live for those looking for an urban and accessible community. It has a rich history, stunning architecture, and diverse amenities to keep you entertained. Upper Northwest DC has something for everyone, whether you're looking for fine dining, shopping, or cultural attractions.
 

What to Love

  • Historic Victorian, Federal, Colonial, and Tudor architecture
  • Tree-lined streets and welcoming locals cafes
  • Easy access to all DC has to offer

Local Lifestyle

The Upper Northwest DC lifestyle offers the best of both worlds: a thriving urban center with all the amenities of city living and a peaceful, suburban atmosphere. Residents can enjoy the convenience of a metropolitan lifestyle while still relishing in the quiet and comfort of a beautiful residential neighborhood.
 
Upper Northwest DC is served by an excellent public transportation system that provides easy access to the rest of the city. Wide and tree-lined streets characterize the neighborhood. It is renowned for its plentiful parks and green spaces, which offer residents a tranquil and picturesque setting for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Locals benefit from being close to everything and far enough away to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. 
 
With its picturesque streets, plentiful recreational options, and convenient access to a major city's amenities, this neighborhood will surely please even the most discerning residents.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Shopping is one of the many highlights of living in the Upper Northwest region. Residents can access some of the city’s most desirable retail stores and boutiques in neighborhoods such as Friendship Heights, Georgetown, and Chevy Chase. Here, you’ll find everything from luxury designer brands to everyday essentials. Additionally, the area is home to a variety of specialty stores, offering everything from vintage clothing to art and antiques. 
 
Residents enjoy living close to Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.’s center, for dining out. When you are there, spend one evening at The Admiral, a comfort food hotspot with a vibrant bar and patio. If you want a fine dining experience you’ll not soon forget, be sure to visit Xiquet by Danny Lledó.
 
Boulangerie Christophe is a favorite Sunday bakery serving quintessentially French baguettes, pastries, and espresso. Wine enthusiasts grab a glass of champagne at Apéro & La Bohème, a charming wine bar in the West End.
 

Things to Do

A leisurely walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath can take you further into the city or away into the area’s natural beauty. Connect with nature in the city's heart as you stroll the grounds of Glover Archbold Park, a wooded parkland offering miles of trails for runners, athletes, and hikers alike.

If you are an academic or just enjoy the fine arts, you will love a visit to the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, famed for its formal gardens and Byzantine and pre-Columbian research center. Of course, it is impossible to discuss the Upper Northwest without mentioning the Washington National Cathedral, a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Admire its stained glass windows and scenic vistas as you meander your way through the grounds.

Overview for UPPER NORTHWEST, DC

67,386 people live in UPPER NORTHWEST, where the median age is 37.7 and the average individual income is $48,848. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

67,386

Total Population

37.7 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$48,848

Average individual Income

Around UPPER NORTHWEST, DC

There's plenty to do around UPPER NORTHWEST, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
75
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
60
Good Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including La Herradura Supermarket, Kiyomi Sushi, and Hilana Falafel.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.39 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.64 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.8 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.89 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.78 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.48 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for UPPER NORTHWEST, DC

UPPER NORTHWEST has 26,989 households, with an average household size of 2.48. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in UPPER NORTHWEST do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 67,386 people call UPPER NORTHWEST home. The population density is 12,564.88 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

67,386

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

37.7

Median Age

49.67 / 50.33%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
26,989

Total Households

2.48

Average Household Size

$48,848

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

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60+ Minutes

Schools in UPPER NORTHWEST, DC

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The following schools are within or nearby UPPER NORTHWEST. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Kingsbury Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Friendship PCS - Online
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Whittier Education Campus
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Paul PCS - Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Hope Community PCS - Lamond
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Center City PCS - Brightwood
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Washington Latin PCS - Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
5/5
Washington Latin PCS - Upper School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Truesdell Education Campus
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Capital City PCS - Lower School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
1/5
Capital City PCS - Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Rocketship PCS - Infinity Community Prep
PUBLIC
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
PUBLIC
5th - 6th
No rating available
Jewish Primary Day School/Nations Capital
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Friendship PCS - Ideal Middle
PUBLIC
4th - 8th
No rating available
Friendship PCS - Ideal Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
LaSalle-Backus Education Campus
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Brightwood Education Campus
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Paul PCS - International High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Capital City PCS - High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
E.L. Haynes PCS - Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
3/5
West Education Campus
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Barnard Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Powell Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Roosevelt STAY High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
E.L. Haynes PCS - High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Breakthrough Montessori PCS
PUBLIC
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
MacFarland Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Center City PCS - Petworth
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
The Preparatory School Of D.C.
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Christian Family Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available

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