Columbia Heights

If you're moving to Washington DC and looking for a neighborhood with a rich history, lively community, and plenty of amenities, Columbia Heights might be the perfect place for you. Located in the northwest quadrant of the city, this neighborhood is full of historic architecture, green spaces, and a diverse array of restaurants and bars.
Columbia Heights is situated just north of the U Street Corridor, and it's bordered by Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan to the west, and Park View and Pleasant Plains to the east. It's also close to some of DC's most beloved parks, including Meridian Hill Park, 11th and Monroe Street Park (also known as Trolley Park), and Powell Playground on 16th & Park Road.
One of the most striking things about Columbia Heights is its architecture. The neighborhood boasts a mix of historic row houses and modern buildings, with some of the oldest homes dating back to the early 1900s. One of the most iconic buildings in the neighborhood is the historic Tivoli Theatre, which opened its doors in 1924 and is now home to the Gala Hispanic Theatre, along with a variety of shops and restaurants.
But Columbia Heights isn't just a great place to admire historic architecture. It's also a foodie's paradise, with a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from. For Malaysian-inspired cuisine, head to Makan on 14th Street, or try Thip Khao for delicious Lao dishes. Los Hermanos and Mi Cuba Cafe are two great spots for authentic Latin-Caribbean fare, and Rooster & Owl offers an elevated dining experience with a seasonal tasting menu.
When it comes to nightlife, Columbia Heights doesn't disappoint. The Wonderland Ballroom is a beloved local spot known for its laid-back atmosphere and live music performances, while Lou's City Bar is a popular spot for sports fans. El Chucho is another local favorite, with a colorful outdoor patio and a variety of margaritas to choose from. And if you're in the mood for a cozy cup of coffee, be sure to check out Le Caprice, The Coupe, or Tynan Coffee & Tea.
Of course, one of the biggest draws of Columbia Heights is its sense of community. Despite being in the heart of a major city, this neighborhood has a small-town feel, with plenty of local businesses and events that bring residents together. And with its rich history and diverse population, it's easy to see why Columbia Heights is such a great place to call home.
Speaking of history, Columbia Heights has a fascinating past. The neighborhood was once part of the Holmead Farm, which was owned by the Holmead family in the 19th century. Later, the land was sold to Columbia University (which is now George Washington University), and it wasn't until the early 1900s that the neighborhood began to take shape as a residential community.
Whether you're a young professional looking for an affordable place to live, a family in search of a diverse and vibrant community, or a foodie who wants to sample some of the best cuisines in DC, Columbia Heights has something to offer. With its mix of natural beauty, historic architecture, and community spirit, it's no wonder that this neighborhood is becoming one of DC's most popular places to live.

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Overview for Columbia Heights, DC

29,427 people live in Columbia Heights, where the median age is 32 and the average individual income is $65,761. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Columbia Heights, DC

Columbia Heights has 13,514 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Columbia Heights do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 29,427 people call Columbia Heights home. The population density is 56,794.81 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Columbia Heights, DC

There's plenty to do around Columbia Heights, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Explore popular things to do in the area, including Palette Dome Cuisine, Medical Exercise Trainers, and Uplift Strength & Spirit.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.33 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.8 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
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Active 4.71 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.57 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.7 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

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The following schools are within or nearby Columbia Heights. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Columbia Heights Education Campus
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Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan
PreK - 8th
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Tubman Elementary School
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