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Top Washington area neighborhood for millennials is Clarendon, report says

Behind the bar of Bracket Room in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington. (Craig Hudson/For The Washington Post)

A new ranking of the top cities for millennials says Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood is the top locale for young people in the Washington area.

The survey, from, says Washington ranks No. 3 on the “25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials” list. The rankings include what Niche calls each region’s best neighborhood for the millennial demographic, and Clarendon is tops in the D.C. area.

“It has very high home values and very high rent costs,” the report said of Clarendon. “Its citizens generally have very high education levels and very high income levels.”

Data on income, rent, education, diversity and the percentage of the population between 25 and 34 years old were used in the city rankings. Factors in determining the “best” neighborhoods were the percentage of population between 25-34, median rent, median income and percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Rounding out the Top 5 cities and neighborhoods for millennials was No. 1, New York (best neighborhood: Greenpoint in Brooklyn); No. 2, Austin (South River City); No. 4, Chicago (Wicker Park), and No. 5, San Francisco (Cow Hollow).

Echo Boomers are contributing to Washington’s population growth.


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