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 Arlington, 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 Arlington 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 Arlington 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 Arlington for 2018:
- Tara-Leeway Heights (Homes)
- Lyon Village (Homes)
- Waycroft-Woodlawn (Homes)
- Yorktown (Homes)
- Arlington-East Falls (Homes)
- Cherrydale (Homes)
- Ashton Heights (Homes)
- Rock Spring (Homes)
- Dominion Hills (Homes)
- Madison Manor (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Arlington that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Arlington.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Virginia check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Virginia
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Virginia
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Virginia
How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Arlington for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Arlington, 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 56 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 Arlington.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Tara-Leeway Heights.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Arlington has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Tara-Leeway Heights
Median Income: $215,656
Median Home Value: $810,000
2. Lyon Village
Median Income: $144,446
Median Home Value: $798,220
Lyon Village is a neighborhood, or urban village located in Arlington County, Virginia, along Lee Highway. It adjoins Arlington County’s government center, and is approximately one mile west of Rosslyn and less than a mile north of Clarendon, of which it is sometimes considered a sub-neighborhood, as is Cherrydale, the mostly residential district immediately west of Lyon Village.
More on Lyon Village: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $236,698
Median Home Value: $805,100
Median Income: $191,258
Median Home Value: $768,560
5. Arlington-East Falls
Median Income: $172,448
Median Home Value: $698,986
Median Income: $146,204
Median Home Value: $775,940
Cherrydale is a neighborhood in northern Arlington, Virginia. It is centered on the intersection known as the Five Points consisting of Quincy Street, Military Road, and Old Dominion Road being bisected by Lee Highway. Located in the community is the H-B Woodlawn school. One of the oldest nonresidential structures in the community is the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House, built in 1919 to serve as the home of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department. The department supplements the career staff who operate from the Arlington County Fire Department’s Station 3, now located west of the Five Points intersection.
More on Cherrydale: Real Estate | Data
7. Ashton Heights
Median Income: $119,432
Median Home Value: $539,944
The Ashton Heights Historic District is a national historic district located in Arlington County, Virginia. It contains 1,097 contributing buildings, 1 contributing site, and 1 contributing structures in a residential neighborhood in North Arlington. The area was first platted and subdivided in 1921. The dwelling styles include a variety of architectural styles, Single-family dwellings built prior to 1950, primarily in the Bungalow / Craftsman and Colonial Revival styles, dominate the neighborhood, with some notable earlier Queen Anne style dwellings. The district includes a number of multiple-family apartment buildings, three churches, the Women’s Club of Ashton Heights, and Columbia Gardens Cemetery. Also located in the district is the separately listed Clarendon School.
More on Ashton Heights: Real Estate | Data
8. Rock Spring
Median Income: $210,296
Median Home Value: $908,700
9. Dominion Hills
Median Income: $178,343
Median Home Value: $658,533
Dominion Hills Historic District is a national historic district located at Arlington County, Virginia. It contains 446 contributing buildings in a residential neighborhood in western Arlington. It was platted in 1942 and developed between 1945 and 1948. It was designed to attract working and middle-income residents and is composed exclusively of two-story Colonial Revival style dwellings.
More on Dominion Hills: Real Estate | Data
10. Madison Manor
Median Income: $166,094
Median Home Value: $657,450
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Arlington
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Arlington where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Arlington:
- Douglas Park
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Virginia
- 10 Worst Cities In Virginia For 2017
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Virginia
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Arlington
|19||Highland Park-Overlee Knolls||1,393|
|23||High View Park||2,036|
|44||Radnor-Ft Myer Heights||9,467|
|50||Columbia Heights West||6,987|
|51||Long Branch Creek||4,447|