First Street N.E. in "NoMa" with the Washington Metro's Red Line visible (on the right)
First Street N.E. in "NoMa" with the Washington Metro's Red Line visible (on the right)
CountryUnited States
DistrictWashington, D.C.
WardWard 6
 • CouncilmemberCharles Allen

"NoMa" is a moniker for the area north of Massachusetts Avenue located north and east of Union Station in Washington, D.C. NoMa includes the neighborhoods of Sursum Corda, Eckington, and Near Northeast and includes a section historically known as Swampoodle.

NoMa includes:[1]

NoMa's southern tip at Union Station/Columbus Circle is a half-mile north of the U.S. Capitol. According to the NoMa Business Improvement District, the neighborhood was home to 13,000 residents as of January 2023, with a total of 50,000 employees working in the area.[2]


After much planning for the area in the late 1990s, the 2004 opening of the New York Ave–Florida Ave Metro, now NoMa-Gallaudet U station, sparked development in the neighborhood. By 2016, NoMa had turned a corner and become one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in D.C., according to a report in The New York Times. REI opened one of its outdoor supply big box stores in the renovated Washington Coliseum, where the N.B.A.’s Capitols had played in the 1940s.[3] 2020 Census data showed that Ward 6 which includes parts of NoMa, Navy Yard and Southwest, was responsible for a third of D.C.'s 15% population growth over the previous decade.[4]

A longstanding homeless encampment under the K Street underpass was cleared in 2020, with similar encampments under the L Street and M Street underpasses cleared in 2021. Most of the unhoused people agreed to move into apartments as part of a city program. The underpasses had previously been cleared around 100 times, but people returned soon thereafter. The city's removal of the encampments drew criticism after a bulldozer operator accidentally began to clear a tent with a man inside, and who was hospitalized as a result.[5][6]


An aerial view of the historic Uline Arena, now a renovated REI store.
A portion of NoMa in 2017.

NoMa includes several historic structures:

Union Market borders NoMa on the east and has a gourmet food hall, retail non-food stalls and a rooftop with bar, picnic tables and event stage.


The area is served by many modes of transportation, including:


Eighteen schools serve the NoMa neighborhood, from pre-K to university.


  1. ^ "NoMa Today, February 2020", NoMa Business Improvement District
  2. ^ "Get to Know NoMa". NoMa BID. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  3. ^ "Having turned a corner, Washington's NoMa is coming alive", The New York Times, November 22, 2016
  4. ^ "Census shows DC's fastest growth in NoMa, Navy Yard and Southwest", DCist, August 12, 2021
  5. ^ Moyer, Justin Wm. (January 16, 2020). "D.C. clears longtime homeless encampment near Union Station". Washington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  6. ^ Lang, Marissa J. (October 4, 2021). "D.C. clears longtime encampment in NoMa in kickoff to new program to house the homeless". Washington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  7. ^ "District of Columbia Field Offices | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives". Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  8. ^ "H Street-NoMa neighborhood in Washington D.C."

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