D.C. Does NOT Stand for Danger City!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Are you thinking about moving to Washington D.C.?  You should! 

It's the Capital of the Nation, there's a great job market, lots of culture (museums, arts, restaurants, theater, monuments, history, etc.), and some revived sports teams (thanks to Stephen Strasburg's amazing debut for the Washington Nationals)

Gun Free ZoneSo, what's holding you back?  Perhaps it's your fear that D.C. is a very dangerous city and not just the political capital but the murder capital of the nation.

Let me help put those fears to rest.

Shannon, from the blog WeLoveDC, recently wrote a post entitled "DC Mythbusting: Danger!" in which she reviewed current crime statistics in the District of Columbia.

Here's an excerpt from her post:

"So is DC the murder capital of the country?  This claim may have been true at one point, but that was about twenty years ago.  The District went through a trying time in the early 90s, when crack cocaine took over the city and murders peaked at 479 in 1991 (an astounding 78.92 murders per 100,000 residents, Borderstan points out).  But last year, there were 143 homicides in the city, continuing a decades-long downward trend.  So yes, at one point the District may have had the highest murder rate in the country, but that's definitely not the case now."

Click to read the entire blog post DC Mythbusting: Danger! on the WeLoveDC blog.



One neat little application I've found for exploring your way around D.C. neighborhoods is an iPhone app called "AreYouSafe Washington DC."  They call themselves the "Geiger counter for crime."

Here's a screenshot:

Are You Safe DC?

Using the GPS in your iPhone, this application links to detailed police crime statistics for your location within the city.

Alternatively, you can always check out the crime reports and statistics on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department website.

While D.C. does not yet hold the ranks of the safest city in the country, it's not by any means the most dangerous, and much of the crime is localized in certain neighborhoods.

Come see how wonderful a place D.C. really is... to work, to play, and to live...


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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Brian, you are so right!  Things started to get better when Anthony Williams became Mayor.  And now I think we owe a lot to young Adrian Fenty, although a lot of people seem ticked off at him right now.  The school system has made some huge breakthroughs, the city is safe, the roads are smooth, the trash gets picked up.  OK.  Snowmaggedon was a little crazy, but hey!  He was in town and on top of things. 

I love this city.

Jun 09, 2010 06:04 AM #1
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Brian - There are some really beautiful areas of DC !! My son lives in the NW section of town and walks everywhere, even late at night. Never any problems.

Jun 10, 2010 03:48 AM #2
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