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A+ Alexandria Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Alexandria Cost of Living Cost of living is 40% higher than Virginia
15151% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Alexandria cost of living
A Alexandria Crime Total crime is 13% lower than Virginia
Total crime
1,73437% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5837% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-16%Year over year crime is down
Alexandria crime
A- Alexandria Employment Household income is 35% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$89,20061% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$55,53486% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%34% lower than the US average
Alexandria employment
C- Alexandria Housing Home value is 110% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$520,700182% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,61170% higher than the US average
Home ownership
42%34% lower than the US average
Alexandria real estate or Alexandria rentals
A+ Alexandria Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
70%42% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:127% lower than the US average
Alexandria K-12 schools or Alexandria colleges

Living in Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, Virginia is a mid-sized city with a population of 151,473 inhabitants. In Alexandria, there are 10,143 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Alexandria might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 58% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Alexandria, Virginia could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like cost of living, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Alexandria and in the areas around Alexandria is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 79/100, Alexandria is ranked #2,323 in the United States and #54 in Virginia. Based on this score, Alexandria would be considered a very livable city! Another exciting tidbit, is that Alexandria ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Alexandria ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), education (A+) and employment (A-). Regrettably for Alexandria, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Alexandria has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Old Town, Old Town Waterfront, and Washington Masonic National Memorial.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 166 crimes per 100,000 residents, Alexandria has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

The Alexandria unemployment rate (0.68%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

The average school test scores in Alexandria are 70%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Alexandria. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Alexandria are affordable. Median real estate prices in Alexandria come in at $520,700, which is 109.6% higher than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Alexandria, the home price to income ratio is 5.8, which is 52.6% higher than the Virginia average.

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Compare Alexandria, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Alexandria, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westover Village, Arlington837.32,179
Williamsburg, Arlington818.82,968
Rock Spring, Arlington818.93,223
Lyon Village, Arlington816.43,541
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington-East Falls, Arlington818.45,637
Lyon Park, Arlington815.65,521
Madison Manor, Arlington817.51,579
Bluemont, Arlington806.57,049

Best Cities Near Alexandria, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Occoquan, VA8614.3947
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Countryside, VA832610,472
Fair Oaks, VA8317.233,478
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Naval Academy, MD8332.86,040
Merrifield, VA8311.417,000
Cascades, VA8224.812,205
Neabsco, VA8218.717,038
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This is a terrible place to live do not move here

Alexandria is as bad as Oakland California. The only difference is that they have made it legal to steal here. If you are not white and have a lot of money you are targeted by the police who ticket and tie vehicles faster than they can be parked. The dmv is difficult to deal with at the best. DO NOT move here. They steal faster than you can make money and again they make it legal. Everyone is in on the take including apartment managers who don't issue parking permits so you can be towed. Liars and thieves run this town. The police are so bored they troll the streets handing out parking tickets and towing vehicles. Again liars and cheats run this town. Do not move here.
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Avoid hourly street parking in Alexandria

Avoid parking in Alexandria in the hourly, non-meter spots at all costs!!

The parking enforcement people give out bogus $40 parking tickets even though you have parked less than the hours on the sign. They know that if you try to contest it based on your word, they will make you go through a rediculous hearing process for additional $10 fee which you will not win. Then you can appeal their decision and go to court, which if found guilty you will have to pay court costs and more admin fees.. not to mention the time it takes to go through the "pre-hearing" and then the court date itself.

So if you park in Alexandria, be sure to find a garage or meter.

I am going to avoid going back to old town alexandria for any reason now after learning how disguisting their parking enforecement "TAX" department is.. what kind of city gouges its visitors so badly.. so much worse than DC even!
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Alexandria, VA - Wine, Dine & Out on the Town!

I currently live about thirty minutes outside of Alexandria, VA and I would have to say that it is a fantastic place to visit. I find myself spending more time in Alexandria than I do at home because of the wide array of shopping, entertainment, attractions, restaurants and bustling nightlife!

Alexandria is on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. and has all the hustle & bustle including the outstanding nightlife just like Washington however you will also find a wonderful; almost small-town environment that Washington can not offer! I was very surprised when I first visited Alexandria with its green parks, small streets with houses on each side and some gorgeous white picket fences!

This should not fool you, downtown Alexandria features some great historical places to visit; one of the best is the "Friendship Firehouse" which makes a great family stop! If your more interested in shopping you will delighted to visit the Landmark Mall. One of my favorite entertainment stops was the Cinemark movie theater located right in the heart of "downtown" Alexandria which is a gorgeous two story movie theater; I was impressed by the large escalators which bring you to the second level. If your looking for some quality Nightlife be sure to visit 930 Night Club. Don't let the name fool you, the party gets started much later than 9:30 PM but it may very well go until 9:30 the next morning! Alexandria is a great city with an outstanding night life and equally great restaurants, bars and dining!
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Source: The Alexandria, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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