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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Ballston/Virginia Square is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia with a population of 17,672. Ballston/Virginia Square is in Arlington County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Ballston/Virginia Square offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ballston/Virginia Square there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Ballston/Virginia Square and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Ballston/Virginia Square are highly rated.
About Ballston/Virginia Square...
Population
17,672

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$515,952
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,279
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    68%
  • Own
    32%
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Ballston/Virginia Square Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods 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
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$123,194
National
$55,322
Children
6%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    45%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    44%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    8%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    2%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%
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Arlington is a very lively place to be. I'm in Ballston, which is really exciting because of the large number of new restaurants opening up right now, but also pretty chaotic because the area is growing so much (my apartment building has been undergoing loud renovations since I moved in four years ago). I love being by the metro, living blocks from the library and parks, and generally having access to excellent community amenities. Lots of young people and young families.
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The most economically diverse area that I (in my significant privilege) encounter is the plaza right outside the Ballston metro. Lots of homeless folks sleep there, but I've never seen them cause trouble. Random men have catcalled me, especially by the bus bays, and I was followed home from the metro once by a guy on a bike. Otherwise, some panhandling is the worst of it.
I live in Ballston which is very convenient to all stores, mall, restaurants and urgent care if needed. It is also near the hospital in case we needed anything.