The 10 Cheapest Arlington, VA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Arlington.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Arlington

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 2019? 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 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Arlington, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

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

  • 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 2019

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Population: 11,584
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.2 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (23rd cheapest)
More on Aurora Highlands: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Aurora Highlands comes in at $131,588 and the median home value is $427,555 for 2019.

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Population: 10,224
Cost Of Living Index: 139 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.8 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (25th cheapest)
More on Radnor-Ft Myer Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Radnor-Ft Myer Heights comes in at $109,665 and the median home value is $415,800 for 2019.

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Population: 7,049
Cost Of Living Index: 164 (24th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.9 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.007 (5th cheapest)
More on Bluemont: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Bluemont comes in at $171,519 and the median home value is $674,567 for 2019.

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Population: 2,865
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.8 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (22nd cheapest)
More on Claremont: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Claremont comes in at $116,034 and the median home value is $446,467 for 2019.

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Population: 1,579
Cost Of Living Index: 169 (29th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.006 (3rd cheapest)
More on Madison Manor: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Madison Manor comes in at $181,080 and the median home value is $718,250 for 2019.

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Population: 2,684
Cost Of Living Index: 151 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.4 (22nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.006 (4th cheapest)
More on Arlington Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Arlington Forest comes in at $134,114 and the median home value is $588,000 for 2019.

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Population: 6,804
Cost Of Living Index: 129 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.6 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (41st cheapest)
More on Columbia Heghts: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Columbia Heghts comes in at $88,930 and the median home value is $315,933 for 2019.

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Population: 9,100
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.4 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (34th cheapest)
More on Clarendon-Courthouse: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Clarendon-Courthouse comes in at $124,129 and the median home value is $418,800 for 2019.

Dominion Hills Arlington, VA

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Population: 1,757
Cost Of Living Index: 170 (31st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.8 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (11th cheapest)
More on Dominion Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

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Population: 9,718
Cost Of Living Index: 145 (13th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.6 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (35th cheapest)
More on Fairlington-Shirlington: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Fairlington-Shirlington comes in at $118,813 and the median home value is $430,130 for 2019.

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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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Arlington For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Aurora Highlands 143
2 Radnor-Ft Myer Heights 139
3 Bluemont 164
4 Claremont 143
5 Madison Manor 169
6 Arlington Forest 151
7 Columbia Heghts 129
8 Clarendon-Courthouse 143
9 Dominion Hills 170
10 Fairlington-Shirlington 145
11 Arlington Heights 152
12 Old Diminion 188
13 Barcroft 154
14 Colonial Village 143
15 Waverly Hills 165
16 Tara-Leeway Heights 182
17 Yorktown 185
18 Arlington-East Falls 181
19 Arlington Ridge 165
20 Nauck 141
21 Arlington View 156
22 Ballston-Virginia Square 153
23 Highland Park-Overlee Knolls 181
24 Westover Village 169
25 Columbia Forest 134
26 Alcova Heights 152
27 Penrose 136
28 Boulevard Manor 179
29 Leeway 182
30 High View Park 174
31 Columbia Heights West 120
32 Douglas Park 141
33 Foxcroft Heights 148
34 Riverwood 228
35 Woodmont 228
36 Donaldson Run 200
37 North Highland 166
38 Forest Glen 133
39 Maywood 187
40 Dover Crystal 222
41 Lyon Park 172
42 Glencarlyn 147
43 Cherrydale 188
44 Lyon Village 204
45 Ashton Heights 169
46 Buckingham 151
47 Long Branch Creek 161
48 North Rosslyn 189

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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