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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
McLean is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 48,867. McLean is in Fairfax County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in McLean offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In McLean there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in McLean and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in McLean are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$982,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,881
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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McLean Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$190,258
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    54%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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McLean Reviews

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The neighborhood is quite nice. People are friendly and everything you need is very close by. The school system, although it sounds very good, has some problems. The schools put a lot of pressure on the students to overwork themselves. It seems to pass it off as a "aim high! succeed!" deal, but in reality many of the students, especially middle and high, are not happy there. It can be very elitist at times. But the stores are wonderful, close, and not too expensive, its near DC so its easy access for work, schools, and museums. Overall, the district itself is very nice, but the schools are very harsh.
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Mclean is a wonderful neighborhood to live in. It is very safe, clean, and high end. There is utilities and amenities everywhere. You really dont need to leave the area for anything really! The mall is very close, grocery stores are everywhere, and restaurants are amazing!
Mclean is a great place to retire if you have a lot of money; it's safe, the weather is nice, and there isn't too much traffic within Mclean. However, for all other circumstances, it falls short. If you have children, I would especially advise avoiding Mclean. The schools can provide decent education, but they are bogged down by bureaucracy and competition. The students in Mclean public schools are stressed, depressed, and often mentally unhealthy. In two years, there were 10 suicides in one high school alone. Besides the fact that real estate is ludicrously expensive, with Mclean you are paying too much for a package you don't necessarily want.