Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.
I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.
And while every neighbhorhood in Arlington might be more expensive than living in rural Virginia, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.
So what exactly are those Arlington neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Arlington are the cheapest.
What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Arlington for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Aurora Highlands looks to be the cheaptest Arlington neighborhood to live in.
At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Arlington. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.
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.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.
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How We Determined The Cheapest Arlington Hoods In 2020
In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Arlington, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.
- Overall Cost Of Living
- Rent To Income Ratio
- Median Home Value To Income Ratio
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 48 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Arlington.” We’re lookin’ at you, Aurora Highlands.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Arlington. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.
The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Arlington For 2020
The median income in Aurora Highlands comes in at $131,588 and the median home value is $427,555 for 2020.
The median income in Radnor-Ft Myer Heights comes in at $109,665 and the median home value is $415,800 for 2020.
The median income in Bluemont comes in at $171,519 and the median home value is $674,567 for 2020.
The median income in Claremont comes in at $116,034 and the median home value is $446,467 for 2020.
The median income in Madison Manor comes in at $181,080 and the median home value is $718,250 for 2020.
The median income in Arlington Forest comes in at $134,114 and the median home value is $588,000 for 2020.
The median income in Columbia Heghts comes in at $88,930 and the median home value is $315,933 for 2020.
The median income in Clarendon-Courthouse comes in at $124,129 and the median home value is $418,800 for 2020.
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.
The median income in Dominion Hills comes in at $180,591 and the median home value is $680,733 for 2020.
The median income in Fairlington-Shirlington comes in at $118,813 and the median home value is $430,130 for 2020.
Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Arlington
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Arlington where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Arlington aren’t all cheap. North Rosslyn takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Arlington.
We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.
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