Best Cities 2010: Washington, D.C.

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Best Cities 2010: Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital has two quality children’s hospitals and 13 Blue Ribbon Schools

City: Washington

State: District of Columbia

Best Cities Overall Rank: 71

About Washington:

The Library of Congress contains 535 miles of bookshelves.

DC was voted the most walkable city in the U.S. in a study by the Brookings Institution in 2007.

Our nation’s capital also has two quality children’s hospitals and 13 Blue Ribbon Schools.

County: DC

Population: 591,833

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Washington Post 

Washington blogs:


24/7 Mommy


Washington‘s Facebook page: Follow Washington, D.C. on Facebook 

Washington‘s Twitter page: Follow Washington, D.C. on Twitter 


Education rank: 43

High School graduation rate 2008: 68%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 13

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 2.2

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 92

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 15.54

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 242

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.2

Total Expenditures Per Student: $17,563


Health rank: 83

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.34

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.17

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1.67


Safety rank: 70

Violent Crimes, 2008: 8,135

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1374.54

Sex Offenders: 858

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 144.97


Economy rank: 15           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 29.5             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 6.9           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 544.34

Median Home Sale Price: $406,200                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 0.05%              

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 14.01%           


Recreation Rank: 99

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 841           

Parkland per 100,000: 142.1