The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria, VA

The most dangerous and worst Alexandria neighborhoods are Seminary Hill and Fairlington-Bradlee for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria
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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 Virginia thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Alexandria. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Alexandria neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens ranks way above the rest.

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

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2024

  1. Seminary Hill
  2. Fairlington-Bradlee
  3. King St Metro
  4. Landmark-Van Dom
  5. Alexandria Wrest
  6. Eisenhower East
  7. Taylor Run
  8. Old Town North
  9. Northeast
  10. Southwest Wuadrant

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Alexandria for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Seminary Hill 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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Alexandria For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 22,510
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 190
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,666
Median Home Value: $452,642 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $115,101 (4th worst)
More on Seminary Hill:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 617
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 382
Property Crime Per 100k: 9,036
Median Home Value: $463,550 (4th worst)
Median Income: $142,768 (11th worst)
More on Fairlington-Bradlee:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 679
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 525
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,982
Median Home Value: $521,200 (6th worst)
Median Income: $124,989 (7th worst)
More on King St Metro:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 28,354
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 183
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,571
Median Home Value: $319,643 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $100,175 (2nd worst)
More on Landmark-Van Dom:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 30,816
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 175
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,364
Median Home Value: $215,805 (worst)
Median Income: $69,390 (worst)
More on Alexandria Wrest:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 4,855
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 180
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,538
Median Home Value: $497,433 (5th worst)
Median Income: $115,295 (5th worst)
More on Eisenhower East:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,734
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 143
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,859
Median Home Value: $625,840 (9th worst)
Median Income: $130,067 (9th worst)
More on Taylor Run:  Data

Old Town North Alexandria, VA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,909
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 262
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,930
Median Home Value: $547,400 (7th worst)
Median Income: $114,215 (3rd worst)
More on Old Town North:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,163
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 192
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,163
Median Home Value: $717,400 (13th worst)
Median Income: $130,212 (10th worst)
More on Northeast:  Data

Southwest Wuadrant Alexandria, VA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,148
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,406
Median Home Value: $690,080 (11th worst)
Median Income: $123,686 (6th worst)
More on Southwest Wuadrant:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Alexandria neighborhoods in 2024

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Alexandria:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

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 criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Alexandria.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Alexandria.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 15 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Alexandria

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Alexandria with Seminary Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Alexandria are Seminary Hill, Fairlington-Bradlee, King St Metro, Landmark-Van Dom, Alexandria Wrest, Eisenhower East, Taylor Run, Old Town North, Northeast, and Southwest Wuadrant.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Alexandria aren’t all bad. Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens takes the cake as the best place to live in Alexandria.

The best neighborhoods in Alexandria are Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens, North Ridge-Rosemont, Potomac West, Old Town, and Braddock Road Metro.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Alexandria For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Seminary Hill 22,510 $452,642 $115,101
2 Fairlington-Bradlee 617 $463,550 $142,768
3 King St Metro 679 $521,200 $124,989
4 Landmark-Van Dom 28,354 $319,643 $100,175
5 Alexandria Wrest 30,816 $215,805 $69,390
6 Eisenhower East 4,855 $497,433 $115,295
7 Taylor Run 6,734 $625,840 $130,067
8 Old Town North 2,909 $547,400 $114,215
9 Northeast 2,163 $717,400 $130,212
10 Southwest Wuadrant 3,148 $690,080 $123,686
11 Braddock Road Metro 6,798 $734,611 $160,862
12 Old Town 7,734 $926,364 $165,319
13 Potomac West 24,852 $666,145 $128,834
14 North Ridge-Rosemont 12,405 $551,750 $158,414
15 Potomac Yard-Potomac Greens 3,687 $701,780 $151,798
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.

One thought on “The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Alexandria, VA

  1. I grew up in Alexandria in the 70’s & 80’s & spent years in most of the areas mentioned,I moved to Springfield in 89,when I was a kid there were some straight up hoods in Alexandria…Cameron Valley,Foxchase ( before it was cleaned up) ,the N. Alfred st projects,The Hole in Del Ray (Reed st),the new projects by Braddock Rd Metro,the Burg,Duchess Gardens….those places were no joke

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