Washington Heights is the 73rd of Chicago's 77 community areas with a population of 26,742. Located 12 miles from the Loop, it is on the city's far south side. Is is in Cook County and one of the city's safest neighborhoods. Washington Heights is considered part of the Blue Island Ridge, along with the nearby community areas of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, and the village of Blue Island. This neighborhood is home to one of the largest single-family home developments in the city, The Renaissance at Beverly Ridge. Washington Heights is close to the suburbs, making the neighborhood home to both those who work in the nearby suburbs, as well as the city of Chicago. Living in Washington Heights offers residents a dense suburban feel. In Washington Heights there are a lot of parks. The culinary scene is quite casual: lots of Chicago classics, as well as Eastern European and Jamaican foods. There’s not much fine dining in Washington Heights, but there are more options when you venture to the nearby Brainerd, Longwood Manor, and Princeton Park. There is not much in terms of fresh and local produce, but lots in terms of delicious fried foods.