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A+ Dale City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Dale City Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% higher than Virginia
Dale City
12323% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dale City cost of living
B Dale City Crime Total crime is 18% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,35215% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4315% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Dale City crime
C Dale City Employment Household income is 33% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$87,75059% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$29,823equal to the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Dale City employment
D Dale City Housing Home value is 10% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$273,90048% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,60869% higher than the US average
Home ownership
73%15% higher than the US average
Dale City real estate or Dale City rentals
A+ Dale City Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
75%53% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Dale City K-12 schools

Living in Dale City, VA

Dale City, Virginia is a moderately-sized city with a population of 73,384 people. In Dale City, there are 5,155 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Dale City is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (48%) and Black or African American (26%). Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Dale City are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 25% of the population also speak Spanish. Dale City could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 33 years old is below the nation’s average. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 74% of the population considered married and 48% with kids under the age of 18, Dale City could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Dale City can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Virginia, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Dale City and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living and other important metrics.

Dale City has a livability score of 75 out of 100 and is ranked #162 in Virginia and #5,275 in the USA. This is a fantastic score, as Dale City ranks well in multiple categories! For each of the livability categories, we see that Dale City ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B) and education (A+). Regrettably for Dale City, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and housing (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Dale City, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Knowing that the Dale City schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 75%, which is far higher than the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Dale City is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Dale City come in at $273,900, which is 10.3% higher than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Dale City, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 18.4% lower than the Virginia average.

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Compare Dale City, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Dale City, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria7816.8445
Taylor Run, Alexandria7717.76,851
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Landmark-Van Dom, Alexandria7615.626,628
Seminary Hill, Alexandria7616.722,478

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Dale City, VA the Only Place to Live

I have lived in Dale City, VA for my entire life and I truly couldn't imagine living anywhere else. It is an incredible place for middle income middle aged individuals and their families. It is an incredible town surrounded with colleges which help to draw an interesting and eclectic feel to the area. There are plenty of places to eat and hang out with friends which are favorite activities in Dale City, VA.

Locally you will find just about anything that you want or need in the course of daily life but not a lot of extras and fluff. It just isn't necessary in this good down home city. As a matter of fact, I reckon if you are used to big city life then the likes of Dale City, VA probably won't be hectic enough to get your attention but if you are looking for a break from it all then you are likely to appreciate the local feel of this region and the laid back way of the people who reside here.

Dale City, VA is not the most happening place and may not have a lot to do and see but it is a real quaint town and one that makes a nice home and a good place to hang your hat for a few days when you are passing through. In order to truly enjoy Dale City you have to be okay with a slower pace of life.
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