The 10 Best Arlington Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 34 places around Arlington to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Arlington suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Arlington are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Arlington for 2022:

  1. Falls Church
  2. Vienna
  3. University Park
  4. Poolesville
  5. Kensington
  6. Alexandria
  7. Rockville
  8. Bowie
  9. Leesburg
  10. Washington

What's the best suburb of Arlington? Falls Church ranks as the best suburb of Arlington for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Falls Church, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Arlington 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Virginia:

The 10 Best Arlington Suburbs To Live For 2022

Falls Church is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Arlington area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Falls Church."

Everyone here is rich; families average $146,922 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Arlington region. And only 4.44% are out of work. Homes average more than $810,900 each.

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Population: 14,309
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $146,922
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
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Falls Church, VA

Vienna is the second best 'burb we looked at near Arlington for 2022.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 4.34% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

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Population: 16,532
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $168,269
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
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Vienna, VA

Here in University Park, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Arlington metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in University Park.

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Population: 2,653
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $154,896
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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University Park, MD

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Poolesville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Arlington for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Poolesville and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 5,228
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $183,700
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 0.5%
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Poolesville, MD

Coming in as the fifth best is Kensington.

Kensington gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Arlington area, where houses sell for an average of $744,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 2,212
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $126,162
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Kensington: Real Estate | Data

Alexandria is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.29% which is 4th best in the area.

According to online reports, Alexandria is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Arlington area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 158,309
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,227
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.4%
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Alexandria, VA

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rockville.

Rockville schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 14.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 68,155
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,797
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Rockville, MD

Bowie is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.66% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

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Population: 58,158
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $116,796
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Bowie, MD

Is 'Everything Better In Leesburg?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 53,731
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,933
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
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Leesburg, VA

10. Washington

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Washington.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

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Population: 701,974
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $90,842
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Poverty Rate: 15.5%
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Washington, DC

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Arlington for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Arlington was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Arlington.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 35 suburbs to evaluate around Arlington.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 35 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Arlington." We're lookin' at you, Falls Church. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Arlington 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Arlington, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Arlington Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Falls Church, VA 14,309 $146,922
2 Vienna, VA 16,532 $168,269
3 University Park, VA 2,653 $154,896
4 Poolesville, VA 5,228 $183,700
5 Kensington, VA 2,212 $126,162
6 Alexandria, VA 158,309 $102,227
7 Rockville, VA 68,155 $111,797
8 Bowie, VA 58,158 $116,796
9 Leesburg, VA 53,731 $113,933
10 Washington, VA 701,974 $90,842
11 Cheverly, VA 6,439 $99,343
12 La Plata, VA 9,516 $94,755
13 Fairfax, VA 23,312 $109,708
14 Takoma Park, VA 17,703 $83,919
15 Herndon, VA 24,577 $112,644
16 Glenarden, VA 6,158 $87,917
17 Gaithersburg, VA 67,878 $91,845
18 Berwyn Heights, VA 3,256 $115,750
19 Mount Rainier, VA 8,149 $57,200
20 Hyattsville, VA 18,267 $80,618
21 Manassas Park, VA 17,548 $81,639
22 Manassas, VA 41,038 $86,227
23 Laurel, VA 25,734 $80,255
24 Indian Head, VA 3,803 $64,180
25 Forest Heights, VA 2,739 $96,111
26 New Carrollton, VA 12,925 $70,776
27 College Park, VA 32,221 $68,825
28 Capitol Heights, VA 4,505 $72,209
29 Riverdale Park, VA 7,216 $84,695
30 Brentwood, VA 3,443 $80,737
31 Seat Pleasant, VA 4,753 $53,532
32 Landover Hills, VA 2,043 $73,750
33 Greenbelt, VA 23,253 $71,744
34 Bladensburg, VA 9,428 $50,390
35 Dumfries, VA 5,559 $68,438

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About Chris Kolmar

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