City of Alexandria
City of Alexandria
Overview

Living in Alexandria, VA

Anything but business as usual

Located just minutes from the United States capital, Alexandria is the home of bold business. From independently owned small businesses to international investment firms and world-class higher education to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the city is on the cutting edge of talent and technology. You will find everything you need here, plus a good bit of livability and charm to go along with it all. Alexandria caught the eye of Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2019, earning the No. 3 spot on the publication’s Readers’ Choice Awards thanks to the city’s historic charm, artistic enclave and waterfront dining and shopping. More people and businesses are choosing to call Alexandria home, because of the combination of high-tech infrastructure, central location and lifestyle that make it one of the best cities for young professionals in America.

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    Walk Score

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    60 in Walkability

    This community is moderately walkable. Most commutes will require a car.

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    Commute Time to Airport

    10 min drive to DCA

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    Commute Time to D.C.

    18 min drive

Tags
City living, Dining, Eclectic neighborhoods, Galleries/museums, High-rise, Hip and vibrant, Historic sites, Metro/bus, Shopping, Townhouse, Urban, Walk/bike/e-scooter

Demographics

Schools in Alexandria

K-12 options leading in academics and diversity

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), which enrolls more than 15,000 K-12 students at its 18 schools, champions diversity. Its students hail from 120 countries and speak more than 120 languages—and more than two-thirds of the student body is non-white, ranking ACPS No. 1 in Virginia and No. 12 in the nation on Niche’s list of diverse school districts.

Several private schools in Alexandria have built reputations as premier schools. Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, and Bishop Ireton High School are all ranked by Niche as top three Christian/Catholic schools in Virginia, respectively.

Alexandria Transportation

A highly walkable community with a vast transportation network

Getting from point A to point B in Alexandria is easy thanks to an extensive network of transportation options. From Capital Bikeshare to Metro to personal vehicles, the commute options are numerous.

  • 4 Metrorail stations
  • 10 Metrobus routes
  • 13 DASH Bus routes
  • Metroway service between Arlington and Alexandria
  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail
  • Capital Bikeshare
  • Over 39 miles of on-street and off-street bike lanes, sharrows and trails
  • Numerous e-scooter providers
  • Uber, Lyft and numerous taxi companies

Alexandria Attractions

Nationally-recognized

Alexandria’s Old Town is renowned for transporting visitors back to the 18th century the moment they step onto the neighborhood’s brick sidewalks. Beautiful preserved and tastefully updated, Old Town and its waterfront are a staple attraction for everyone from cyclists and kayakers to picnicking families to couples on date night.

The mix of historic charm and modern amenities extends beyond Old Town, with George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, river cruises, the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center, and live jazz bars keeping visitors and residents alike entertained all year.

In the heart of the progressive Northern Virginia area, Alexandria has been named a top LGBT destination by OUT in 2018 and Instinct in 2019 and was rated an All-Star on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index in 2019.

Alexandria Taxes

Competitive state for taxes

  • State Income Tax (VA): 5.75%
  • Real Property Tax Rate: $1.006 per $100 Assessed Value
  • Vehicle Tax: $5.000 per $100 Assessed Value
  • Sales Tax (Combined State and Local): 6.0%