These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Alexandria, VA For 2018


Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Alexandria are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Alexandria, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Alexandria neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Alexandria are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Alexandria for 2018:

  1. North Ridge-Rosemont (Homes)
  2. Eisenhower East (Homes)
  3. Northeast (Homes)
  4. Old Town (Homes)
  5. Braddock Road Metro (Homes)
  6. Southwest Wuadrant (Homes)
  7. Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens (Homes)
  8. Seminary Hill (Homes)
  9. Old Town North (Homes)
  10. Taylor Run (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Alexandria that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Alexandria.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Alexandria for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Alexandria, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 13 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Alexandria.’ We’re lookin’ at you, North Ridge-Rosemont.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Alexandria has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. North Ridge-Rosemont

North Ridge-Rosemont Alexandria, VA

Population: 11,756
Median Income: $162,847
Median Home Value: $659,400

North Ridge, in northern Alexandria near its boundary with Arlington County, includes the busy eastwest Braddock Road/King Street corridors and northsouth arteries Russell Road and Cameron Mill Road. North Ridge takes its name from the high ground west of Russell Road and south of West Glebe Road. Within the area that comprises North Ridge are the neighborhoods of Beverley Hills, Jefferson Park, Braddock Heights, Timber Branch, Parkfairfax, Monticello Park, Beverley Estates, and Oak Crest. The North Ridge community lies within the original 10-mile square of the District of Columbia, ceded back to Virginia in 1846.
More on North Ridge-Rosemont: Real Estate | Data

2. Eisenhower East

Population: 3,941
Median Income: $121,917
Median Home Value: $463,400

Evidence of prehistoric Indian settlement in the Eisenhower Valley area has been turned up by numerous archaeological surveys. The area today known by that name was once known as the Cameron Valley, and runs along Cameron Run; it was the site of the Cameron Mills, which were built in the 1790s and produced flour, meal, and feed. The firm of Roberts and Hunt operated the twin mills, beginning in the middle of the 19th century and continuing until 1919. One of the mills was converted to a pumping station by the Alexandria Water Company in 1851, and remained active until the mid-20th century. The western mill was destroyed by fire in 1928. Portions of the corridor are among those which were annexed by Alexandria from neighboring Fairfax County in 1915 and 1952. These lands include a portion of the site of the Bush Hill plantation, which was owned by Richard Marshall Scott and his descendants for close to 200 years. The house itself, located along Backlick Run, was built by Josiah Watson, but was purchased by Scott in 1797. In 1850 a portion of the land was cleared by the Orange and Alexandria Railroad for the creation of a track line. Bush Hill remained a private residence until World War II, when the United States government leased it for the detention of Adolf Hitler’s confidant Ernst Hanfstaengl. After the war, the house became a preschool, but it was burned by arsonists in 1977; the vandals were never discovered. Today a historical marker notes the site of the house.
More on Eisenhower East: Real Estate | Data

3. Northeast

Population: 1,143
Median Income: $157,392
Median Home Value: $586,650

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4. Old Town

Old Town Alexandria, VA

Population: 6,776
Median Income: $126,041
Median Home Value: $782,210

Old Town is situated in the eastern and southeastern area of the city along the Potomac River. It was originally laid out in 1749, making it the oldest section of the City, and is a historic district. Old Town is chiefly known for its historic town houses, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants.
More on Old Town: Real Estate | Data

5. Braddock Road Metro

Braddock Road Metro Alexandria, VA

Population: 4,850
Median Income: $129,085
Median Home Value: $668,243

Braddock Road was originally composed of paths established by the Native American inhabitants of Northern Virginia. Later, British colonialists and Virginian governments developed and improved the paths into what became known as ‘Braddock’s Road.’
More on Braddock Road Metro: Real Estate | Data

6. Southwest Wuadrant

Southwest Wuadrant Alexandria, VA

Population: 2,914
Median Income: $119,090
Median Home Value: $679,880

More on Southwest Wuadrant: Real Estate | Data

7. Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens

Population: 3,394
Median Income: $125,217
Median Home Value: $516,333

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8. Seminary Hill

Population: 22,212
Median Income: $94,450
Median Home Value: $359,732

Seminary Hill is a mostly residential, single-family dwelling area near the Virginia Theological Seminary, Episcopal High School and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School off of Seminary Road, ending in the area just west of the Inova Alexandria Hospital.
More on Seminary Hill: Real Estate | Data

9. Old Town North

Old Town North Alexandria, VA

Population: 1,286
Median Income: $99,512
Median Home Value: $470,600

More on Old Town North: Real Estate | Data

10. Taylor Run

Population: 6,489
Median Income: $120,603
Median Home Value: $456,414

More on Taylor Run: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Alexandria

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Alexandria where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Alexandria:

  1. Landmark-Van Dom
  2. Alexandria Wrest
  3. Potomac West

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Alexandria

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 North Ridge-Rosemont 11,756 $659,400 794 2.1%
2 Eisenhower East 3,941 $463,400 794 0.8%
3 Northeast 1,143 $586,650 794 1.4%
4 Old Town 6,776 $782,210 794 4.6%
5 Braddock Road Metro 4,850 $668,243 794 4.9%
6 Southwest Wuadrant 2,914 $679,880 794 3.0%
7 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens 3,394 $516,333 794 2.0%
8 Seminary Hill 22,212 $359,732 1,656 4.0%
9 Old Town North 1,286 $470,600 794 1.8%
10 Taylor Run 6,489 $456,414 932 1.7%
11 Potomac West 22,399 $539,800 815 3.1%
12 Alexandria Wrest 29,770 $229,068 2,341 4.4%
13 Landmark-Van Dom 26,250 $225,376 2,230 4.2%

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