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 Niche.com 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 Niche.com 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 Niche.com, 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 Niche.com. 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 2.am. by Washington City Paper.
D.C. millennials: It's time to pack up and move to Clarendon, the Niche.com-verified land of Georgetown bros and astronomical rent.
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