These Are The 10 Best Alexandria Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 33 places around Alexandria to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Alexandria are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Alexandria for 2018:

  1. Falls Church (Photos | Homes)
  2. Kensington (Homes)
  3. Vienna (Photos | Homes)
  4. Poolesville (Photos | Homes)
  5. University Park (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rockville (Photos | Homes)
  7. Bowie (Photos | Homes)
  8. Fairfax (Photos | Homes)
  9. Takoma Park (Photos | Homes)
  10. La Plata (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Falls Church, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Alexandria ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Alexandria for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Alexandria was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Alexandria.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 33 suburbs to evaluate around Alexandria.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 33 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Alexandria.” We’re lookin’ at you, Falls Church.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Population: 13,597
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $724,000
Median Income: $115,244
More on Falls Church: Real Estate | Data

Falls Church is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Alexandria area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Falls Church.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $115,244 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Alexandria region. And only 5.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $724,000 each.

2. Kensington

Population: 2,111
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Median Home Price: $662,900
Median Income: $132,750
More on Kensington: Real Estate | Data

Kensington is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Alexandria for 2018.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 4.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

3. Vienna

Vienna, Virginia

Population: 16,378
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $662,200
Median Income: $143,276
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data

Here in Vienna, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Alexandria metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Vienna.

4. Poolesville

Poolesville, Virginia

Population: 5,108
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $391,600
Median Income: $150,000
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Data

Poolesville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Alexandria for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Poolesville and the schools are some of the best around.

5. University Park

University Park, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,635
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $437,300
Median Income: $136,250
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is University Park.

University Park gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Alexandria area, where houses sell for an average of $437,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Rockville

Rockville, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 65,171
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $499,400
Median Income: $101,774
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Data

Rockville is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.9% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rockville is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Alexandria area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Bowie

Bowie, Virginia

Population: 57,633
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $303,900
Median Income: $106,098
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bowie.

Bowie schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 20.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,620
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $487,700
Median Income: $104,065
More on Fairfax: Real Estate | Data

Fairfax is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 11.3% of people lack insurance, good for 17th in the area.

9. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Virginia

Population: 17,567
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Median Home Price: $508,600
Median Income: $78,921
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data

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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. La Plata

La Plata, Virginia

Population: 9,059
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $320,600
Median Income: $87,759
More on La Plata: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is La Plata.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Alexandria ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Alexandria, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Alexandria Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Falls Church 13,597 5.3% $724,000 $115,244
2 Kensington 2,111 1.4% $662,900 $132,750
3 Vienna 16,378 2.9% $662,200 $143,276
4 Poolesville 5,108 3.6% $391,600 $150,000
5 University Park 2,635 4.4% $437,300 $136,250
6 Rockville 65,171 4.9% $499,400 $101,774
7 Bowie 57,633 6.8% $303,900 $106,098
8 Fairfax 23,620 5.5% $487,700 $104,065
9 Takoma Park 17,567 7.7% $508,600 $78,921
10 La Plata 9,059 3.4% $320,600 $87,759
11 Herndon 24,415 5.8% $401,700 $104,204
12 Washington 659,009 8.7% $506,100 $72,935
13 Gaithersburg 66,104 7.1% $369,900 $83,724
14 Cheverly 6,390 8.8% $297,100 $96,325
15 Chesapeake Beach 5,866 8.3% $317,300 $103,342
16 Berwyn Heights 3,242 4.9% $277,500 $98,125
17 Indian Head 3,879 6.4% $198,900 $66,314
18 Manassas Park 15,827 4.6% $257,800 $75,027
19 Glenarden 6,110 7.9% $242,800 $73,355
20 Laurel 25,703 7.2% $235,800 $68,304
21 Manassas 41,149 6.0% $293,500 $74,371
22 College Park 31,942 6.6% $269,500 $64,694
23 Hyattsville 18,262 6.5% $265,600 $65,452
24 Brentwood 3,144 4.0% $238,700 $65,893
25 Greenbelt 23,623 6.3% $190,500 $67,162
26 Forest Heights 2,549 14.1% $195,700 $70,875
27 Seat Pleasant 4,721 6.4% $175,000 $51,930
28 New Carrollton 12,727 11.7% $232,000 $60,645
29 Mount Rainier 8,364 7.8% $275,900 $50,345
30 Capitol Heights 4,489 12.9% $189,000 $67,863
31 Bladensburg 9,505 8.0% $179,800 $44,236
32 Riverdale Park 7,221 7.3% $248,100 $61,520
33 Dumfries 5,180 9.5% $166,600 $57,649

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