The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2022

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Alexandria that are the real pits.

Alexandria's neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You've got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there's a neighborhood for everyone in Alexandria.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it's not all rainbows and sunshine in Alexandria. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Alexandria neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Alexandria hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Alexandria area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although North Ridge-Rosemont ranks way above the rest.

We examined 15 of Alexandria's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Alexandria's reputation.

The Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2022

  1. Fairlington-Bradlee
  2. King St Metro
  3. Landmark-Van Dom
  4. Seminary Hill
  5. Alexandria Wrest

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Alexandria for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Fairlington-Bradlee looks to be the worst neighborhood in Alexandria.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Alexandria that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Alexandria.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria

The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2022

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Population: 545
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $407,750 (4th worst)
Median Income: $120,648 (8th worst)
More on Fairlington-Bradlee:  Data

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Population: 679
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $521,200 (7th worst)
Median Income: $124,989 (11th worst)
More on King St Metro:  Data

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Population: 26,628
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $238,656 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $79,110 (2nd worst)
More on Landmark-Van Dom:  Data

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Population: 22,478
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $358,055 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $98,247 (4th worst)
More on Seminary Hill:  Data

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Population: 30,816
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $215,805 (worst)
Median Income: $69,390 (worst)
More on Alexandria Wrest:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the worst Alexandria neighborhoods in 2022

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Alexandria:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one's willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a "Worst Score".

The neighborhood with the lowest "Worst Score" ranks as the worst neighborhood of Alexandria.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Alexandria to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 15 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Alexandria

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Alexandria with Fairlington-Bradlee landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Alexandria aren't all bad. North Ridge-Rosemont takes the cake as the best place to live in Alexandria.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Alexandria For 2022?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Fairlington-Bradlee 545 $407,750 $120,648
2 King St Metro 679 $521,200 $124,989
3 Landmark-Van Dom 26,628 $238,656 $79,110
4 Seminary Hill 22,478 $358,055 $98,247
5 Alexandria Wrest 30,816 $215,805 $69,390
6 Old Town North 1,477 $545,050 $89,681
7 Eisenhower East 4,292 $433,850 $107,524
8 Taylor Run 6,851 $487,943 $124,230
9 Braddock Road Metro 5,189 $702,029 $127,592
10 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens 3,750 $534,633 $117,461
11 Potomac West 24,113 $574,700 $114,660
12 Southwest Wuadrant 3,148 $690,080 $123,686
13 Northeast 1,081 $620,400 $146,788
14 Old Town 6,768 $823,560 $132,625
15 North Ridge-Rosemont 12,333 $695,870 $152,322

Editor's Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don't freak out we updated this article for 2022. This is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Alexandria.
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.