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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    NG

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$588,793
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,565
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

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

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$102,335
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
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In Old Town, flooding can be a problem. If and when we receive a large amount of rain, the tiny streets can flood close to the water. I also despise cold weather and it gets very cold in the winter. We have had several snow storms. The tiny streets of Old Town do not get cleared right away (Washington Parkway is cleared pretty soon however) and so commuting to work is a big problem. I have worked from home and also taken leave before due to the severe road conditions. I keep a thick winter coat on hand from December to end of March (sometimes April). Snow boots are a must!
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Like mentioned before, most people are friendly. There is something a bit "stuffy" about others in this area, especially in DC. Some people can be standoffish and pretentious. However, specifically in Old Town, I see a sense of "community." There are often festivals, parades, and fundraisers that most participate in. When it comes to fundraising through walks/run/5Ks, etc., the community shines. I am also a member of the fitness "community" in the area and I adore Old Town Sport & Health gyms. I also teach Zumba there from time to time and love working there as well.
I work in education in DC. As a bilingual educator, I would say the job outlook for the area in which I live is fantastic. There are many families who speak Spanish (and other languages) and multicultural education settings are popping up throughout Northern VA and DC. Many of the people with which I interact have jobs they would consider great as well. There are many government jobs, other educational positions, and medical jobs available throughout the area. There is also a strong military presence in Alexandria and the surrounding areas.