The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2021

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

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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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Alexandria.
Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria

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 2021

  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 2021? 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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The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2021

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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

Seminary Hill is a mostly residential, single-family dwelling area near the Virginia Theological Seminary, Episcopal High School and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School off of Seminary Road, ending in the area just west of the Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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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

How we determined the worst Alexandria hoods in 2021

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.

The 'hoods around Alexandria that are really hoods

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 2021?

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 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens 3,750 $534,633 $117,461
10 Braddock Road Metro 5,189 $702,029 $127,592
11 Potomac West 24,113 $574,700 $114,660
12 Northeast 1,081 $620,400 $146,788
13 Southwest Wuadrant 3,148 $690,080 $123,686
14 Old Town 6,768 $823,560 $132,625
15 North Ridge-Rosemont 12,333 $695,870 $152,322