These Are The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2018


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.

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

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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.

Here are the 5 worst neighborhoods in Alexandria according to data:

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

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.

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How we determined the worst Alexandria hoods

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 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.

1. Alexandria Wrest

Population: 29,770
Median Income: $69,826
Median Home Value: $229,068

2. Landmark-Van Dom

Population: 26,250
Median Income: $76,854
Median Home Value: $225,376

3. Seminary Hill

Population: 22,212
Median Income: $94,450
Median Home Value: $359,732

4. King St Metro

Population: 711
Median Income: $111,862
Median Home Value: $542,600

5. Fairlington-Bradlee

Population: 546
Median Income: $130,726
Median Home Value: $384,900

The ‘hoods around Alexandria that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Alexandria with Alexandria Wrest 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Alexandria Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Alexandria Wrest 29,770 $69,826 $229,068
2 Landmark-Van Dom 26,250 $76,854 $225,376
3 Seminary Hill 22,212 $94,450 $359,732
4 King St Metro 711 $111,862 $542,600
5 Fairlington-Bradlee 546 $130,726 $384,900
6 Taylor Run 6,489 $120,603 $456,414
7 Old Town North 1,286 $99,512 $470,600
8 Potomac West 22,399 $104,403 $539,800
9 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens 3,394 $125,217 $516,333
10 Southwest Wuadrant 2,914 $119,090 $679,880
11 Braddock Road Metro 4,850 $129,085 $668,243
12 Old Town 6,776 $126,041 $782,210
13 Northeast 1,143 $157,392 $586,650
14 Eisenhower East 3,941 $121,917 $463,400
15 North Ridge-Rosemont 11,756 $162,847 $659,400

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