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Living in Alexandria, VA

Alexandria is a mid-sized city located in the state of Virginia. The city has a population of 151,473 residents. Alexandria has a population density of 10,143 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. 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.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Alexandria could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Virginia if you know where to search. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Alexandria and in the areas around Alexandria is a much easier task.

The livability score in Alexandria is 79/100 and the city is ranked in the 92nd percentile of all cities across America. Based on this score, Alexandria would be considered a very livable city! Alexandria also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! For each of the livability categories, we see that Alexandria ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), education (A+) and employment (A-). On a more negative note, Alexandria does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Assuming that Alexandria meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Alexandria. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Alexandria are simply unattainable. 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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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Alexandria, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westover Village, Arlington835.62,179
Williamsburg, Arlington817.12,968
Rock Spring, Arlington817.13,223
Lyon Village, Arlington814.73,541
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington-East Falls, Arlington816.75,637
Lyon Park, Arlington813.95,521
Madison Manor, Arlington805.91,579
Bluemont, Arlington804.87,049

Best Cities Near Alexandria, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Occoquan, VA8614.5947
Sandy Hook, MD8448.9142
Countryside, VA8324.410,472
Fair Oaks, VA831633,478
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Naval Academy, MD8333.26,040
Merrifield, VA821017,000
Cascades, VA8223.112,205
Neabsco, VA8218.917,038
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Source: The Potomac West, Alexandria, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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