Good For Families, Bad For Allergies: DC Is Making (A Lot) of Lists

by Mark Wellborn

It seems like a new list/set of rankings is put out almost daily that includes Washington, DC somewhere near the top or bottom. Case in point: Parenting Magazine recently named DC the best city in the country in which to raise a family.


As ridiculous and unscientific as these lists can be, we decided to take a look back at just the last few months to figure out what lists DC has been included on. We did not include rankings from government agencies or any lists related specifically to the DC real estate market (we have done that enough in the last year), but that didn’t make our list that much shorter.

Did we miss one from the past few months? Let us know.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/good_for_families_bad_for_allergies_dc_is_making_a_lot_of_lists/3661


  1. ZCF said at 10:28 pm on Wednesday June 15, 2011:

    The editors of Parenting magazine need to be fired.  What a load of crap.

    Let me quote the first paragraph:
    “You want the best for your family, and that includes great schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, plenty of jobs, and lots of parkland. So we crunched more than 8,000 bits of data in 84 categories to determine this year’s top places to raise kids.”

    Great schools? DC?  In the same breath? In what universe?!

    Affordable homes?! Low crime rates?! No and no.

    Okay I’ll concede the last two about the plethora of jobs and parkland, but wow what a terrible article.

  1. MD said at 1:39 pm on Thursday June 16, 2011:

    I haven’t read the article, so please take this comment in that context. I suspect that the Parenting article is probably referring to the DC metro area, which includes the well regarded school systems in Fairfax and Montgomery counties, among others. Ditto for things like the affordable housing and low crime rates. Unfortunately, DC gets this treatment regularly. I often see Dulles Airport listed as Washington, DC, although it’s really 30 miles away in VA. Last night I went to a concert in Columbia, MD, where the opening act shouted how glad she was to be in Washington, DC. But she was from Sweden, so she was probably going on what she was told. You get the idea, though. Many things are credited to DC proper when they’re actually part of the larger area which includes the inner and outer suburbs. Most national audiences don’t know the difference, though. It’s easier to just call it all Washington, DC.

  1. lauren said at 2:20 pm on Thursday June 16, 2011:

    Agree with ZCF! DC is great for a lot of things… but raising a family is NOT one of them! Unless you are rich. I hope to leave the area if and when I have kids.

    To MD’s point, I think the lumping in Fairfax & MoCo might have something to do with ... but homes are still expensive there. I guess if you can figure out a way to buy a house in PG county & send your kids to MoCo schools….

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