Nov 10, 2021 - Real Estate
The D.C. area's top zip codes are all in the suburbs
A map of the D.C. metro highlighting the five top zip codes in blue.
Data: Zillow; Map: Sara Wise/Axios

None of the D.C. area’s top zip codes for homebuyers are in the District, according to a Zillow analysis. They’re all in suburbs and even exurbs of the city, including one in West Virginia.

  • The online real estate marketplace tracked which ZIP codes had the highest number of average website views in the D.C. metro.

Why it matters: The data shows area homebuyers value the ease of suburban life, especially as the cost of living in the nation’s capital continues to rise.

Zoom in: The top zip codes are mostly in high-ranked school districts with lower overall cost of living compared to the District. Another commonality among these popular zip codes is rising property value.

Here are the top five zip codes:

20854: This zip code includes parts of Potomac, Maryland, a wealthy suburb that’s recently known for Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac.

  • Typical home value in this area is $1,073,039, according to Zillow, up 12.8% from last year.

20152: This area falls in Loudoun County, which has recently received national attention for its role in this month's Virginia elections.

  • Typical home value in this area is $720,897, a 16.1% increase over the last year.

20851: This zip code covers parts of Rockville and North Bethesda in Montgomery County, which is the most populous county in Maryland.

  • Typical home value in this area is $468,035, a 9.9% increase over the last year.

20905: This area also includes parts of Montgomery County.

  • Typical home value in this area is $594,147, an 11.6% increase over the last year.

25425: This zip code is outside of the DMV and it includes Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

  • Typical home value in this area is $304,415, a whopping 31.4% increase over the last year.

The intrigue: West Virginia may feel far but some people do travel back and forth to D.C. for work.

Earlier this month West Virginia Congressman David McKinley (R) wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg asking that he prioritize funding the MARC train, which is a popular form of transportation for commuters in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.

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