These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Arlington For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Arlington are the best of the best.

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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 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:

  1. Tara-Leeway Heights
  2. Lyon Village
  3. Waycroft-Woodlawn
  4. Yorktown
  5. Arlington-East Falls
  6. Cherrydale
  7. Ashton Heights
  8. Rock Spring
  9. Dominion Hills
  10. Madison Manor

Read on to see how we determined the places around Arlington that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Virginia check out the best places in Virginia overall or the worst neighborhoods in Arlington.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Tara-Leeway Heights

Population: 2,396
Median Income: $215,656
Median Home Value: $810,000

2. Lyon Village

Population: 3,831
Median Income: $144,446
Median Home Value: $798,220

3. Waycroft-Woodlawn

Population: 1,380
Median Income: $236,698
Median Home Value: $805,100

4. Yorktown

Population: 3,730
Median Income: $191,258
Median Home Value: $768,560

5. Arlington-East Falls

Population: 5,737
Median Income: $172,448
Median Home Value: $698,986

6. Cherrydale

Population: 3,562
Median Income: $146,204
Median Home Value: $775,940

7. Ashton Heights

Population: 6,658
Median Income: $119,432
Median Home Value: $539,944

8. Rock Spring

Population: 3,280
Median Income: $210,296
Median Home Value: $908,700

9. Dominion Hills

Population: 1,744
Median Income: $178,343
Median Home Value: $658,533

10. Madison Manor

Population: 1,635
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:

  1. East
  2. Central
  3. Douglas Park

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Arlington

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Tara-Leeway Heights 1 2,396 $810,000 449 1.7%
Lyon Village 2 3,831 $798,220 449 2.0%
Waycroft-Woodlawn 3 1,380 $805,100 449 0.0%
Yorktown 4 3,730 $768,560 449 2.2%
Arlington-East Falls 5 5,737 $698,986 449 1.8%
Cherrydale 6 3,562 $775,940 449 2.6%
Ashton Heights 7 6,658 $539,944 449 2.1%
Rock Spring 8 3,280 $908,700 449 4.4%
Dominion Hills 9 1,744 $658,533 449 2.3%
Madison Manor 10 1,635 $657,450 449 2.4%
Arlington Ridge 11 5,198 $560,343 449 2.3%
Bluemont 12 6,610 $596,444 449 2.8%
Williamsburg 13 2,678 $717,425 449 2.4%
Arlington Forest 14 2,797 $552,250 449 1.9%
Maywood 15 1,011 $795,300 449 4.4%
Lyon Park 16 5,136 $530,914 449 2.6%
Leeway 17 2,426 $753,740 449 3.2%
Olde Glebe 18 2,220 $963,800 449 3.4%
Highland Park-Overlee Knolls 19 1,393 $711,425 449 2.5%
Waverly Hills 20 3,469 $568,550 449 4.0%
North Highland 21 3,292 $552,117 449 2.4%
Columbia Heghts 22 6,557 $253,217 1,211 2.6%
High View Park 23 2,036 $722,200 449 2.9%
Aurora Highlands 24 10,746 $399,400 701 1.7%
Penrose 25 4,740 $337,783 1,060 2.1%
Donaldson Run 26 2,293 $889,760 449 4.2%
Old Diminion 27 1,602 $736,500 449 4.0%
Westover Village 28 2,133 $697,000 449 3.3%
Fairlington-Shirlington 29 9,915 $422,550 632 2.9%
Colonial Village 30 2,627 $475,960 449 2.0%
Ballston-Virginia Square 31 12,086 $464,210 488 2.2%
Clarendon-Courthouse 32 8,002 $441,814 491 2.2%
Foxcroft Heights 33 1,410 $424,500 784 2.6%
Arlington View 34 1,624 $524,425 449 4.0%
North Rosslyn 35 2,538 $840,433 449 4.2%
Arlington Heights 36 2,160 $539,833 463 6.0%
Boulevard Manor 37 2,260 $614,950 449 6.7%
Alcova Heights 38 1,855 $532,800 540 3.4%
Southwest 39 47,852 $159,876 2,643 3.8%
Nauck 40 6,268 $406,633 822 4.1%
Columbia Forest 41 5,846 $323,417 1,096 4.9%
Southeast 42 87,790 $118,897 3,913 4.8%
Glencarlyn 43 2,165 $498,100 750 2.9%
Radnor-Ft Myer Heights 44 9,467 $377,811 709 3.1%
Barcroft 45 3,964 $573,225 504 3.3%
Buckingham 46 5,588 $440,020 876 2.1%
Claremont 47 2,512 $419,950 734 4.4%
Dalworthington Gardens 48 2,515 $296,867 1,484 4.1%
West 49 81,309 $146,528 2,989 5.9%
Columbia Heights West 50 6,987 $291,850 1,324 5.5%
Long Branch Creek 51 4,447 $567,675 527 2.7%
North 52 40,569 $150,681 2,975 5.9%
Pantego 53 3,148 $135,371 3,156 5.7%
Douglas Park 54 9,667 $427,525 920 4.3%
Central 55 23,401 $81,461 5,078 8.8%
East 56 93,633 $74,247 5,190 8.7%

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