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Stupid Ranking: The Best Place for D.C. Millennials to Live Is Clarendon


A new ranking finds that D.C. is the third best city in the country for millennials. And the best neighborhood within D.C. for these 20- and 30-somethings: Clarendon in, well, Arlington.

The list from takes into account demographic data like median income, median rent, percentage of the population between 25 and 34 years old, and crime rates. It also includes the results from surveys that has conducted in the past, including best place to shop and best nightlife.

The District ranked third on the list behind New York and Austin. So how did Clarendon, an area that is not even in D.C., become such a hot destination for millennials?

For starters, it's representative college, according to, is Georgetown University. (That's a plus.) The median income in the Clarendon/Courthouse area is $108,132, compared to the $52,762 national average. Fifty-three percent of residents there are between the ages of 25 and 34 and 48 percent have a master's degree or higher. The median rent is $1,788, according to In the entire D.C. area the median rent is $1353, and in Columbia Heights, for instance, the median is $1,433.

Lest we forget, back in September, there was a rental listing for a glorified frat house in Clarendon that proudly touted its drinking-game-friendly yard. More recently, the Clarendon Metro stop was named the Best Metro Stop for Drunken Disasters at by Washington City Paper.

D.C. millennials: It's time to pack up and move to Clarendon, the land of Georgetown bros and astronomical rent.

Photo by Ron Cogswell via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • Bob

    "So like hashtag omg, like its been at least 30 minutes since you like told me I'm a good worker even though at least 4 out of 5 days I like show up at will or like whenever I can get there"... that's, like, a dubious distinction for Clarendon (milennials read: "not good")

  • Arlingtron

    How do millennials afford to live in Clarendon? Secret underground market of cheap, unadvertised apartments? Live with a dozen of your peers in overpriced apartments? Daddy subsidies? There has been dire reports about low employment for entry-level people, especially for those graduating with overpriced educations. Does DC just have a lot of high wage jobs for greenhorns?