A livable area is not the same thing as a great place to live. “Livable” means satisfactory – you can live there without major problems, but that location might not be overly fulfilling. To live a truly fulfilled life demands a special living space, and Alexandria, Virginia, may just be what you need.
The city of Alexandria has seen many monumental events in the country’s history. From an area of bountiful tobacco plantations, Alexandria blossomed into a major trading post. It also figured significantly in the Civil War as a logistics center and subsequently, as a site of several free black communities. When the Industrial Era rose from the ashes of World War 2, so did Alexandria and other areas in North Virginia.
Great job opportunities
As of the 2016 census, Alexandria has a population of about 156,000 people. The city is only about seven miles from Washington, DC, making access to and from the area very easy. Several state and national agencies have headquarters here, including the Department of Defense, the Institute for Defense Analysis, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Other employers include the city’s public school system and the City of Alexandria.
Easy transportation and entertainment
The city’s communities are very walkable. Reliable public transportation is also an important amenity the city offers, which makes it easy to get to the many public parks in the area. For the standard urban conveniences, the city has a large selection of boutiques, many of which carry the most recent and popular labels in clothing and accessories. Cafes and restaurants offer a tasty respite from long days of shopping or playing at the park, too.
Good educational opportunities
In keeping with the technological and scientific focus of some of the city’s major employers, many of the adults in Alexandria are college-educated, with over 30% having a master’s degree or higher. And if you’re looking for schooling to benefit your children, you’re sure to find it in the city. Both the public and the private schools in the area are rated as significantly better than average.
Graduates from their local schools can be quite competitive in the job market.
Reasonable cost of living
The median income in the city is about $93,000. You’ll find that the cost of living is right in line with that income. Rent, mortgage, and property prices are perhaps a bit more comparable to that of a larger city, with the average monthly rent sitting around $1,700 and the average home mortgage around $540,000. Prices vary depending on the specific portion of the city which you’re interested in. It’s a good idea to do your research before you commit to a specific area – you might find a neighborhood that fits your needs and is great for your budget.
Alexandria does have other perks, including a significantly lower crime rate than the national average, a fairly diverse ethnic mixture, and a healthy sub population of adults in their 20’s and their 30’s. People 65 and older have a significant presence, too, so you won’t feel out of place if you decide to retire in Alexandria.
By all means, come to Alexandria to start a career, raise a family, or simply enjoy your retirement. As a city of many strengths and attractions, you’ll find it a great place to live.
If you want to learn more about Alexandria and its potential as your new home, just get in touch with the expert consultants on real estate in the area. Ian McVeigh and the rest of The Select Team has your back in exploring what Alexandria can offer. Just call Ian McVeigh at 703.965.2304 or send an email to Ian(at)IansSelectTeam(dotted)com.
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