Welcome to Shaw

Vibrant neighborhood with several upscale offerings.
This hidden gem of D.C. is beloved for its young and vibrant energy. Shaw is a neighborhood that offers a unique blend of luxury and history. The area is renowned for its hip arts scene and gourmet dining establishments. 
The architectural style in Shaw is diverse, with a mix of historical and modern buildings that suit any taste. The area has a rich history, from landmarks like the historic Carnegie Library to its many parks and green spaces. This is a social community where residents enjoy access to premier amenities and exclusive events. 

What to Love


  • Legendary musical performances at the Howard Theatre 
  • Indie films at the boutique Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
  • Unparalleled shopping and gourmet dining 

Local Lifestyle

Shaw has a young and energetic atmosphere that residents love. This walkable neighborhood is home to numerous upscale restaurants, trendy bars, and fun nightlife. It is the perfect location for work and play and draws individuals of all backgrounds to enjoy its fun and hip offerings. From outdoor recreation to artistic events, residents here enjoy the best of the best. If you want to be at the center of the action in D.C., this popular location is the one to call home. 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Known for its eclectic food and entertainment scene, going out in Shaw is always a memorable experience. Zeppelin is popular for its menu of sushi dishes, high-quality sake, and karaoke nights. For a classic bar with creative cocktails, Lost & Found serves a refreshing drink.

Chaplin’s Restaurant serves delicious Japanese cuisine in a retro 1920s setting. Sample the flavors of Hong Kong at Tiger Fork, a Chinese restaurant that offers a traditional menu of Chinese dishes with a contemporary twist. The restaurant is designed with a modern and minimalist aesthetic, making it an elegant dining destination.
Visit Ambar for a night of exceptional dining. This Balkan restaurant and bar has traditional dishes that make the top of several food critics’ lists. Finally, San Lorenzo’s famous chef’s tasting menu will transport you to Tuscany with its fresh ingredients and sumptuous flavors. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Shaw delivers a diverse culinary experience.

Things to Do

Shaw offers an array of luxurious entertainment options for residents and visitors. If you’re looking for a new and interesting event to fill out your social calendar, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located in the heart of the neighborhood, hosts various events, including conventions, philanthropic galas, and festivals.

For luxury shopping, residents visit the City Center, home to some of the city's most popular shopping and dining destinations, including high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Explore the District of Columbia’s rich heritage at the Carnegie Library. This must-see destination is a beautiful example of Beaux-Arts architecture and is home to a vast collection of books and other materials. The library also hosts several events, including lectures, exhibitions, and community programs.
If you and your pup need an outdoor retreat, Bundy Dog Park is a great place for pet owners to socialize and enjoy the company of their furry friends. The park offers turf and a large fenced-in area for off-leash play. 
Residents love living in Shaw because of its vibrant community, historic architecture, and proximity to world-class restaurants, fun bars, and luxury amenities. In this prime location, you are always in for an exceptional experience.


Overview for Shaw, DC

10,097 people live in Shaw, where the median age is 35 and the average individual income is $78,701. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

35 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Shaw, DC

Shaw has 5,178 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Shaw do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,097 people call Shaw home. The population density is 32,805.631 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.97 / 50.02%

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Schools in Shaw, DC

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The following schools are within or nearby Shaw. 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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Cleveland Elementary School
PreK - 5th
KIPP DC - Lead Academy PCS
1st - 4th
Seaton Elementary School
PreK - 5th
5th - 8th
KIPP DC - Grow Academy PCS
PreK - K
No rating available
Center City PCS - Shaw
PreK - 8th

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