DC’s Safest and Most Dangerous Metro Stations
By Carl Pierre
As D.C. citizens, we’re all familiar with the stereotypes and stigmas of the WMATA and the Metro. If you ask any Metro commuter, they probably have a good idea in their head as to what the most “safe” Metro stations are and what the most “dangerous” Metro stations are, the usual response to that being Anacostia. Well here at IntheCapital we’re all about facts and data and not conjecture, so here are the top five most dangerous DC Metro stations and the top five most safe DC Metro stations according to the Washington Examiner.
At number one, the most dangerous metro stop is Deanwood which reported 67 cases of “serious” crimes which include robbery, rape, automobile theft, arson, homicide, larceny, attempted auto theft, and burglary.
Here is a breakdown of the Most Dangerous Metro stations in D.C.:
- Deanwood, 67 cases
- Anacostia, 64 cases
- L’Enfant Plaza, 63 cases
- Suitland, 60 cases
- College Park, 55 cases
- Largo Town Center, 53 cases
- Southern Avenue, 52 cases
- Minnesota Avenue, 51 cases
- (TIED) Gallery Place, 46 cases – Greenbelt, 46 cases
I was caught off-guard by L’Enfant Plaza topping the list, due to the high density of government agencies and D.C. contractors that are located next to that station.
The five safest stations in D.C. are:
- Arlington Cemetery
- Farragut West
- Virginia Square- GMU
I’m surprised Arlington Cemetery is the safest Metro station in D.C., but then again it’s located out in the middle of nowhere and is only visited by tourists. The rest of the “safe” metro stations make complete sense though, Clarendon being located in one of a thriving part of Arlington, Farragut West has a ton of traffic due to the proximity of contractors and businesses located near that stop, and Virginia Square is one of the shortest distance stops on the orange line which doesn’t really allow for crime to thrive.
So there you have it, the most dangerous and most safe Metro stations in D.C. according to number of crimes. The lesson here is that if you really want to have a safe commute, live next to the Arlington Cemetery Metro Station.