This week, Money Magazine ranked Alexandria 47th out of 100 in their annual list of best small cities in which to live. The list was published in their August edition.
The magazine cited the citys small-town feel with an urban tinge as one of the reasons for its ranking.
On the banks of the Potomac River, Alexandria offers a fusion of suburban and urban living thats just a stones throw from the nations capital, Money reported. A strong government presence and a prosperous retail sector supports the local economy; many boutiques and locally owned stores lend a small-town vibe. The annual Festival of the Arts attracts nationally known artists.
Nearby cities making the list include Columbia/Ellicott City (No. 2), Gaithersburg (25), Centreville (30), Rockville (31), Chesapeake, Va. (85) and Suffolk (91).
Comments on Moneys website regarding the citys ranking ranged from, One of the best cities in America. Historic charm, great place to live. Safe and close to Washington, to Great town if you like high taxes, terrible public schools, aging infrastructure, gnarled traffic, and upper-crust snobbery.
This is Alexandrias first appearance on the list. Eden Prairie, Minn., a 64,000-person town outside of Minneapolis, earned the top ranking.