Alexandria 80 Exceptional
Alexandria Livability #98 ranked city in Virginia#3,491 ranked city in the USARanks better than 88% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Alexandria Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Alexandria Cost of Living Cost of living is 39% higher than Virginia
14949% more expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Alexandria cost of living
B+ Alexandria Crime Total crime is 15% higher than Virginia
Total crime
1,91219% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5319% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%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
72%49% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:127% lower than the US average
Alexandria K-12 schools
B- Alexandria User Ratings There are a total of 30 ratings in Alexandria
Overall user rating
70% 30 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 7 total reviews
User surveys rating
83% 23 total surveys
all Alexandria poll results

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      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.

      Alexandria transportation information

      Average one way commute31min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work58.3%77.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.2%9.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit22.2%4.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.2%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.5%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home5.0%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Alexandria, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).