Best Alexandria Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Alexandria suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Alexandria? Falls Church ranks as the best suburb of Alexandria for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Virginia:

The 10 Best Alexandria Suburbs To Live For 2020

Falls Church, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,067
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,796
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Falls Church: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $124,796 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Alexandria region. And only 3.87% are out of work. Homes average more than $757,300 each.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,269
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,847
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Kensington: Real Estate | Data

Kensington is the second best 'burb we looked at near Alexandria for 2020.

It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 3.91% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Vienna, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,488
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $155,490
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Vienna by HomeSnacks User

I have lived all over the country from the mid-west to up and down the coats and Vienna, VA has been our favorite place. Vienna is a Wonderful area where there is a bit of everything. Great place to raise kids in a small town environment while being just 20 minutes away from the nation's capital. Access to everything while being far away from the big city inconveniences that we all forget about.

It's a close knit community where neighbors know each other and take pride in their town. The community is involved in a lot of activity planning and involved deeply in keeping the town beautiful.

Poolesville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,170
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $170,093
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Poolesville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Alexandria for 2020.

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.

University Park, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,641
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $137,868
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.2%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $468,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rockville, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,062
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $105,376
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 4.57% which is 10th 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.

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 58,368
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,444
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,622
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $86,439
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma Park 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 8.84% of people lack insurance, good for 17th in the area.

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,865
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $111,574
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Fairfax: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Fairfax?'

Almost.

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.

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,520
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,835
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Herndon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Herndon.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Alexandria for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Alexandria 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Alexandria Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Falls Church, VA 14,067 $124,796
2 Kensington, VA 2,269 $122,847
3 Vienna, VA 16,488 $155,490
4 Poolesville, VA 5,170 $170,093
5 University Park, VA 2,641 $137,868
6 Rockville, VA 67,062 $105,376
7 Bowie, VA 58,368 $112,444
8 Takoma Park, VA 17,622 $86,439
9 Fairfax, VA 23,865 $111,574
10 Herndon, VA 24,520 $112,835
11 La Plata, VA 9,252 $83,656
12 Washington, VA 684,498 $82,604
13 Chesapeake Beach, VA 5,922 $101,517
14 Cheverly, VA 6,452 $98,056
15 Gaithersburg, VA 67,529 $86,427
16 Laurel, VA 25,834 $75,268
17 Brentwood, VA 3,468 $77,545
18 Glenarden, VA 6,170 $91,923
19 Berwyn Heights, VA 3,257 $103,676
20 Hyattsville, VA 18,209 $77,097
21 Indian Head, VA 3,819 $62,279
22 College Park, VA 32,183 $67,081
23 Forest Heights, VA 2,573 $81,042
24 Manassas, VA 41,457 $78,462
25 Mount Rainier, VA 8,110 $53,869
26 Manassas Park, VA 16,423 $80,667
27 Greenbelt, VA 23,203 $72,337
28 New Carrollton, VA 12,932 $65,164
29 Bladensburg, VA 9,397 $43,257
30 Seat Pleasant, VA 4,759 $54,821
31 Riverdale Park, VA 7,219 $72,500
32 Capitol Heights, VA 4,512 $71,317
33 Dumfries, VA 5,224 $60,076

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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