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A+ McLean Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F McLean Cost of Living Cost of living is 100% higher than Virginia
216116% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
McLean cost of living
A+ McLean Crime Total crime is 57% lower than Virginia
Total crime
86469% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11669% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
McLean crime
A+ McLean Employment Household income is 188% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$190,258244% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$97,357226% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%55% lower than the US average
McLean employment
F McLean Housing Home value is 296% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$982,900432% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$2,881204% higher than the US average
Home ownership
86%35% higher than the US average
McLean real estate or McLean rentals
A+ McLean Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
98%18% higher than the US average
School test scores
95%92% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
McLean K-12 schools or McLean colleges

Living in McLean, VA

Located in the state of Virginia, McLean is a moderately-sized city with a population of 48,867 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, McLean is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 89% of the population considered married and 50% with kids under the age of 18, McLean could be considered a very suitable city for families.

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

With a livability score of 79 out of 100, McLean is ranked #2,102 in the United States and #47 in Virginia. Compared to the United States average, McLean ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! McLean is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that McLean has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A+). On a less positive note, McLean does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in McLean, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in McLean: Great Falls National Park, Tysons Corner Center, and Theodore Roosevelt Island Park.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in McLean have a test score average of 95%, which is well above the US average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in McLean. 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 McLean are affordable. The median home price for McLean homes is $982,900, which is 295.7% higher than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in McLean, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 36.8% higher than the Virginia average.

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Compare McLean, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around McLean, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westover Village, Arlington835.12,179
Williamsburg, Arlington813.62,968
Rock Spring, Arlington813.63,223
Lyon Village, Arlington816.53,541
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington-East Falls, Arlington814.25,637
Lyon Park, Arlington817.15,521
Madison Manor, Arlington8151,579
Bluemont, Arlington805.97,049

Best Cities Near McLean, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Occoquan, VA8618.5947
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Countryside, VA831410,472
Fair Oaks, VA8310.433,478
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Merrifield, VA835.517,000
Cascades, VA8212.712,205
Neabsco, VA8222.117,038
Friendship Heights Village, MD825.74,730
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McLean Offers the Northern Virginia Ideal

I found as a kid and when I brought my family back as an adult, McLean. Virginia is the ideal city to live and experience. Being one of the model cities within Northern Virginia's Fairfax County, McLean's attributes are boundless. Located within the DC beltway, McLean always offers me easy access to Washington D.C. for school or work. Depending on traffic, traveling from McLean to D.C. takes 30 to 40 minutes depending on the hour, and the route I take. The secret to traveling in northern Virginia is knowing the traffic patterns and schedules of the high-density traffic. You cannot assume that the commute in that area will always go smoothly. I always plan ahead and know the approximate high travel times. Listening to the local radio keeps me informed on the current conditions of the roads even on sunny days. Traveling on the various arteries in and around McLean tends to get congested easily but you can get used to anything when you love where you are living. In 2014, the DC Metro opened five stations on the new Silver Line to the McLean, Vienna, and Tyson's Corner to create new choices for commuting and using the Metro.

McLean being part of the Fairfax County school system has some of the best schools in the nation. Our children have had wonderful experiences full of opportunities for serious and creative learning in their respective schools. The community offers excellent sports programs, art and music along with the capacity for the children to visit the great museums that Washington DC offers. McLean, itself has outdoor activities for the family and is a great area to enjoy all four seasons. Our family enjoys visiting Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Clemyjontri Park, Colvin Run Mill, Turkey Run Park, Great Falls National Park along with Riverbend Park, which is not far from McLean.

If you are a shopper like me, the once proclaimed largest indoor mall in the world, Tyson's is the place to go. Now known as Tyson's Corner Center and Tyson's Galleria, it is just around the corner between McLean and Vienna encircled between Chain Bridge Road, Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and the Capital Beltway. Tyson's has shops to fit every taste and budget. We also love the fantastic restaurants that appeal to any cravings of our family of four. When I still can't find what I am looking for, I hop on the metro and usually find it at Ballston Mall just a few stations away. Living in McLean has made it easy for my family and me to get anywhere in the DC metro area.

Jobs in this area are plentiful. The McLean-Tysons area is the one of largest employment centers in the U.S. There are administrative and management companies, science and technology firms, sales, educational services, healthcare, and social assistance businesses. Several larger technological companies have taken up residence in the fast-paced McLean-Tysons area. McLean continues to transform with the new advancements, yet maintains the subtle wholesomeness of a small town along with its southern charm that I still remember when I lived in McLean, Virginia as a kid.
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Source: The McLean, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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