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  2. Crime & Safety
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    A+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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Potomac West is a neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia with a population of 26,980. Potomac West is in Alexandria City County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. In Potomac West, most residents rent their homes. In Potomac West there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Potomac West and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Potomac West are above average.
About Potomac West...
Population
26,980

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$569,921
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,734
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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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

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$109,206
National
$55,322
Families with Children
29%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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Del Ray is such a wonderful neighborhood filled with equally wonderful people. There is a thriving business community with restaurants and shops, and many community events throughout the year. It is like living in a small town, the streets are filled with people walking their dogs and baby strollers, kids on bikes, a very friendly place. Halloween is a blast! There are many lovely, old houses although quite a few have been torn down in recent years to build larger homes.
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While I very much enjoy living in Alexandria, I preferred living in Washington DC-- better access to metro, public transit, free swimming pools, unlimited parks and recreation.
Police are visible. Police are present at all after school events and have weekly summer overnight camps in the summer for City resident youth . Neighbors look out for each other in my immediate community .