THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Alexandria.
Best Neighborhoods In Alexandria

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to Virginia and Alexandria is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Alexandria for 2020? According to the most recent census data, North Ridge-Rosemont looks to be the best Alexandria neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Alexandria

North Ridge-Rosemont Alexandria, VA

Population: 12,333
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $695,870 (Third best)
Median Income: $152,322 (First best)
More on North Ridge-Rosemont: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Old Town Alexandria, VA

Population: 6,768
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $823,560 (First best)
Median Income: $132,625 (Third best)
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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.

Population: 1,081
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $620,400 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $146,788 (Second best)
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Southwest Wuadrant Alexandria, VA

Population: 3,148
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $690,080 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $123,686 (Seventh best)
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Population: 24,113
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $574,700 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $114,660 (Tenth best)
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Population: 3,750
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $534,633 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $117,461 (Ninth best)
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Braddock Road Metro Alexandria, VA

Population: 5,189
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $702,029 (Second best)
Median Income: $127,592 (Fourth best)
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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."

Population: 6,851
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $487,943 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $124,230 (Sixth best)
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Population: 4,292
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $433,850 (11th best)
Median Income: $107,524 (11th best)
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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.

Old Town North Alexandria, VA

Population: 1,477
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $545,050 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $89,681 (13th best)
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How We Determined The Best Alexandria, VA Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 15 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, Virginia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Alexandria

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Alexandria aren't all good. Fairlington-Bradlee takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Alexandria.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Alexandria For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Ridge-Rosemont 12,333 $695,870 $152,322
2 Old Town 6,768 $823,560 $132,625
3 Northeast 1,081 $620,400 $146,788
4 Southwest Wuadrant 3,148 $690,080 $123,686
5 Potomac West 24,113 $574,700 $114,660
6 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens 3,750 $534,633 $117,461
7 Braddock Road Metro 5,189 $702,029 $127,592
8 Taylor Run 6,851 $487,943 $124,230
9 Eisenhower East 4,292 $433,850 $107,524
10 Old Town North 1,477 $545,050 $89,681
11 Alexandria Wrest 30,816 $215,805 $69,390
12 Seminary Hill 22,478 $358,055 $98,247
13 Landmark-Van Dom 26,628 $238,656 $79,110
14 King St Metro 679 $521,200 $124,989
15 Fairlington-Bradlee 545 $407,750 $120,648

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.

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