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    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Alexandria is a city in Virginia with a population of 154,710. Alexandria is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Alexandria offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Alexandria there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Alexandria. The public schools in Alexandria are above average.
About Alexandria...
Population
154,710

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$537,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,663
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Alexandria Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    87.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    10.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    64.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    103
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,292.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    172.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    23%
  • 35-44 years
    18%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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I love Alexandria because it is so close to the city of D.C. We can easily be in the city for many events and not pay the high price of living in the city. Living in Alexandria gives you the feel of suburban living with the convenience of a short commute. There is not a suggestion for change as I love living there! Alexandria has walking trails for families and dogs. It also boasts great schools and thriving community businesses. There is also a nightlife scene, many grocery stores to choose from, doctors, and lovely homes. The city of Alexandria contains all that is needed to live a happy and healthy life.
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Alexandria is a pretty diverse city. There are a lot of things to do and food to eat around the area. So many good restaurants are located in the shopping plazas or about 20 minutes away from the heart of the city. Everything is pretty safe there too. Washington D.C. and Old Town are very close to Alexandria, so there are a lot of cute places and cool activities nearby. Despite all of that, the one perk about it is that after living here for over 10 years makes everything dull and boring. But other than that, it's nice!
Where the quaintness of a small town can be found outside your front door, while history, culture and hustling vibes of the big city are just down the street. Historic buildings combine with young hip singles and large or growing families to create an atmosphere of belonging and hometown nostalgia. Whether you’re visiting or unpacking here, you’ll be glad you came!