Living in Alexandria, VA
Historic preservation meets modern amenities
A popular spot since George Washington called it home, Alexandria appeals to those looking for small-town charm and big-city features. The city is steeped in history, with everything from a 100-year-old coffee roaster to 18 dog parks for your four-legged friends. 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.
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.
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’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.
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%