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Find Out Where the Suburbs Begin and End in Washington, D.C.

Just because you live in Washington, D.C., that doesn't mean that you live in the city. There are areas that are more suburban than urban, which can be seen in neighborhoods like Woodridge and Fort Lincoln. Greater Greater Washington recently reported on what makes an area suburban in comparison to urban, and the answer most often lies in housing density. If there are 102 households per square mile, residents are more likely to describe their community as rural. Meanwhile, if there are around 2,213 households per square mile, residents are likely to describe their community as urban. Urban planner Dan Reed created the above map to distinguish the differences in housing density in Washington, D.C., thereby measuring the "suburban-ness" of each area. While measuring density, it doesn't focus on street grids, walkability, commuting patterns, or the number of restaurants and retail in each area, so don't expect this map to be 100 percent accurate. Regardless, it gives a good idea of just how populated each area in Washington, D.C. is. To see the map up close and personal, click here.
· This map shows which parts of the DC area are really "urban" and "suburban" [Greater Greater Washington]