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Population: 45,859
Percent Black: 58.5
Percent White: 36.7
Percent Hispanic: 2.7
Percent Foreign-Born: 5.2
Percent Children: 15.2
Poverty Rate: 15.4 percent
2005 Median Home Sale Price: $516,919
2007 Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents: 14.2
2007 Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents: 60.7



C-SPANistan is home to the site of D.C.s official dinosaur, T-Rex relative Capitalsaurus, whose bones were accidentally dug up during sewer work near First and F Streets SE. The intersection was renamed Capitalsaurus Court in 1998.

More Touchstones

Capitol Hill, Lincoln Park, Stanton Park, Rosedale
The yuppie surge is fueling these new economies, boosting the local schools, and improving the parks and libraries, but it's also raising rents and making for some fantastic gentrification battles.
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Arbitrary Rankings

Kid-Friendliness: 10

Capitol Hill has lots of schools. Neighbors banded together in the 90s to turn three public schools into the Capitol Hill Cluster School, which has such a good reputation now that even in-boundary parents find themselves camping out to get their kids a spot. Things are looking up for the rest of the long-crummy schools in the hood as well, most of which got brand-spanking-new libraries thanks to neighborly efforts.

Housing: 7

Dont be too discouraged by the million-dollar town houses. Reasonably-priced apartments and houses are available, though the better deals are farther from the fun stuff on Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Barracks Row. Congressional group houses are typical: Fratty front-yard cookouts with beer pong are a common sight.

Eats: 9

The famous restaurants in the area are famous not so much because theyre good but because theyve been bad for so damn long, like the Tune Inn and the Hawk & Dove. Newer places have some great menus.

Consumer Goods: 11

C-SPANistan boasts both a Safeway and a Harris Teeter, a legendary hardware store (Fragers), and several cutesy pet stores. And lets not forget that awesome flea market.

Nightlife and Culture: 8

Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Barracks Row are old standbys of the boozy button-down scene. But the glut of drunken federal employees is lately counterbalanced by hipsters and rock shows over on H Street NE.

Intangibles: 7

C-SPANistan is D.C.s truest meta-neighborhood. Parts of it are rich like Georgetown but not as pretentious; funky like Adams Morgan but not as dangerous; green like Shepherd Park but not as lonesome; filled with working stiffs like Farragut North but not as stuffy.

C-SPANistan in the City Paper Archives

Deconstructing Stephanie
How a small-time hustler earned the wrath of a Capitol Hill neighborhood

Was This Really an Accident?
The Eastern Market fire and several more recent Capitol Hill fires have something in common: burned-out trash containers.

Can one man take over one of D.C.'s most forlorn commercial strips?

Let's hit another one
Insert crowbar. Crack open door. Ransack house.

Neighborhood Beating
The Perkins brothers have outlasted the MPD, the DCRA,and politicians, but that doesn't mean they're winning.

Capitol Hill

Baptism by Fire
When he wandered into a D.C. neighborhood skirmish, fundamentalist minister James Ahlemann didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell.


  • Musical entertainment once flourished on the House side (SE), but is now limited to the Marine Tattoo and the piano bar at Bananas. Look for music along H Street NE to come under fire as nearby condos begin to fill up.

  • Arthur Delaney Jun. 21, 2008
    10:27 am

    Banana Cafe's piano bar boasts the Best Piano Man in Washington, D.C.


  • Maceo Thomas Jun. 22, 2008
    4:06 pm

    Aslk him to do his "Remix of Ignition". That has turned the place out the times I have been there.

  • I find it funny how they TOTALLY ignored the fact that theres several public housing developments in this area (Potomac gardens, Hopkins Apts).......and the other day I saw an article on how all hte yuppies houses are getting burglarized LOL