The folks over at InTheCapital have put together an awesome profile of DC’s neighborhoods based on the Meyer’s Briggs personality assessment. Even if you don’t buy into the Meyer’s Briggs stuff, these profiles offer some great insights into DC’s different neighborhoods, and may have you considering a move to a part of town you’d never thought of before. Let me know if you have any questions about any of these neighborhoods, or would like to see any listings!
Myers Briggs Typing D.C.’s Neighborhoods: Which One Are You?
The Myers Briggs test is a theory that assumes there are 16 personality types expressed on four scales. You’re either an extravert (E) or an introvert (I), an intuitive (N) or a sensor (S), a thinker (T) or a feeler (F), and a judger (J) or a perceiver (P). The internet has seen Myers Briggs memes pop up breaking down characters from popular T.V. shows and movies based on their type. We decided to localize this and break down D.C.’s quirky neighborhoods with some Myers Briggs typing.
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When putting this list together, there were some things that were undeniable. Neighborhoods with bar districts belong to the extraverts. Prettier neighborhoods belong to sensors. The easily bored perceivers need neighborhoods that provide ample activities (and a metro stop in case they grow bored and need to escape). There were also certain things that a neighborhood would need to attract a thinker versus a feeler.
ESTJ – Georgetown
Trendy and outgoing ESTJs should flock to the cobblestone streets and tight-knit bar scene of Georgetown. There’s also plenty of shopping to help upkeep that incredible ESTJ wardrobe.
ESFJ – Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle is great for ESFJs. The housing is pretty enough to satisfy that S, and the flourishing bar scene provides ample opportunities to make new friends. Compare this to the ESTJ, who would prefer to navigate the small scene of regulars in Georgetown. ESFJs are more open to meeting new people, and their J means they’re likely stay put for a while.
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ISFJ – Kalorama
ISFJs and ISTJs are similar, but the F in the ISFJ might grow lonely in the Palisades. Kalorama, at least, has a few restaurants, and there are opportunities to connect with neighbors through intermittent invites to embassy soirees. That introverted sensing will stay satisfied with the beautiful houses and gardens, too.
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ENTP – U Street/Logan Circle
ENTPs – you’ve already lived in Georgetown, and now you’re in the new cool spot: U Street/Logan Circle. You’ll party your butt off and get to know everything about this neighborhood before eventually growing bored and moving on to the next cool thing.
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INFP – Shaw
The intuitive and independent “idealist” INFP is a lot like Shaw. INFPs are positive and not at all competitive, which is a lot like the cool atmosphere you’ll find in Shaw. Shaw isn’t the prettiest neighborhood, but the INFP doesn’t mind and can see Shaw for what it really is – a wonderful place to live. There also aren’t too many bars or restaurants, allowing people to slowly warm up to each other at the local watering holes.
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ESTP – Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard
ESTP “doers” are constantly moving and doing things, so they might be happiest living in the Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard neighborhood. This is especially true in the summertime, when ESTPs can hit up ballgames at National’s Park, party with live bands and cornhole at the Bullpen, picnic at Yard’s Park, and try out the new restaurants at the Navy Yard. Come winter, however, they might get bored of ice skating and going to Bluejacket every weekend, and they will be using that metro to explore other parts of the District.
ENTJ – Capitol Hill
The outgoing, leadership-driven ENTJs want to be in the heart of the action. The Library of Congress is nearby to satisfy that NT. The nightlife scene here is good, though let’s be honest – the ENTJ is more likely going to be climbing the ranks of congress socializing at invite-only receptions.
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