With its centuries-old architecture and dozens of independently owned restaurants and boutiques, Alexandria is the perfect location to call home. In fact, it was named one of the South’s Best Cities of 2020.
Located on the banks of the Potomac River, Alexandria sits six miles south of downtown Washington, D.C. Alexandria is primarily known for its rich colonial history as George Washington’s hometown and includes attractions frequented by America’s founding fathers. Living in Alexandria offers residents an urban feel and many families and young professionals choose to call it home.
Once home to a succession of indigenous people (including various tribes of Algonquian-speaking peoples) the first European settlement in the area was established in the late 1600s. By the early 1800s, Alexandria had built its reputation as an important port city. In 1801, the city became part of the newly formed District of Columbia. This union was short-lived, for in 1846 Alexandria – along with the rest of the District’s territory that sat on the west banks of the Potomac – was returned to Virginia. After Virginia seceded in 1861, Alexandria was captured by Union forces and was held for the remainder of the Civil War. Today, Alexandria plays an integral role in the rapidly growing Northern Virginia region.
Alexandria is a city comprised of numerous neighborhoods with a variety of housing options ranging from historic townhomes to modern single-family dwellings. Old Town, with its brick sidewalks and well-preserved colonial buildings, is what many think of as the quintessential Alexandria. Many other neighborhoods – including Del Ray and Potomac Yard – have a feel of their own. In addition, areas outside the city itself have an Alexandria mailing address yet are a part of Fairfax County. Many communities stand to benefit from the recent announcement of Amazon’s move to Northern Virginia and the development of the area known as National Landing.
Alexandria is connected to the DC metro area through the Metrorail and Metrobus systems. The city’s DASH system provides safe and reliable service within the City of Alexandria and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, VRE, and other local bus systems. Bike lanes on major thoroughfares (Cameron, Prince and Pendleton Streets) cater to cyclists. Alexandria also marks the halfway point on the Mount Vernon Trail, the 18-mile path that connects Washington, D.C., and George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.
STATS (by Niche)
Age 25-34: 22%
Median Household Income: $96,733
Master Degree +: 33%
Public Schools: 17