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2020 top cities for runners

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As the pandemic stretches on, more and more people are looking for a way to exercise. For some, that means lacing up their running shoes.

In particular, the financial company SmartAsset found cities in the Midwest seem to be especially popular with runners. While Minneapolis and Omaha took the website’s top two spots for 2020, Arlington followed close behind.

For several reasons, SmartAsset, put Arlington close to the top of its list when it comes to “Best Cities for Runners- 2020”. This is the fourth year in a row that SmartAsset has come out with its annual list. For the past two years Arlington has hung onto first place.

While third place is hardly something to feel bad about, some of the other cities on the list

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If you’re looking for a great place to live in the DC area, consider putting Arlington at the top of your wish list. From its highly rated public schools to its local amenities, you’re sure to find plenty of good reasons to make the move to Arlington.

It should come as no surprise then that Niche.com recently ranked Arlington the best city to live in the nation. While it may technically be a county, Arlington has led the website’s list of the “Best Cities to Live” since 2016.

It calculates its rankings not only on the quality of local schools but also on things like walkability, abundant nightlife opportunities, a low crime rate and job opportunities.

Arlington received an overall Niche grade of an A+. As part of that, it received an A+ for

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DC area real estate is certainly desirable, but it seems five particular neighborhoods are commanding premium above market prices this year. The majority of the neighborhoods are found in the NW quadrant, and most are also very close to each other.

AU Park

The neighborhood with the highest average sales price, when compared to original list price for 2020, is American University Park. AU Park easily leads with a ratio of nearly 103-percent.

While the median home sales price in AU Park is about $1.3 million, the year-over-year price change is up about 32-percent. Homes often sell quickly in this neighborhood.

U Street Corridor

The U Street Corridor trails AU Park with an average sales price to original list price ratio of just over

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As more and more Baby Boomers hit retirement age, some are looking for a new home to spend their Golden Years. There are plenty of things to consider, but for those who identify as LGBTQ, the list likely gets even longer.

While the senior population may be less forthcoming than younger generations in terms of identifying as LGBTQ, seniors as a whole are expected to double to 88 million people by 2050. That’s millions upon millions of older adults potentially looking for a retirement home.

SeniorAdvice.com recently combined rankings for LGBTQ and retirees to come up with a list of some of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities for retirement in the nation. The website took into account things such as the overall percentage of a

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If you don’t want to have to depend on a car to get around, DC is a great place to live. While some neighborhoods rely on public transportation, other neighborhoods are extremely walkable.

DC as a whole ranks extremely well for its walkability. In fact, DC’s WalkScore ranking is number seven in terms of the most walkable large cities in the nation.

In recent years, Redfin put DC in 4th place when it comes to its list of ‘The Best Cities for Living Without a Car’. Some neighborhoods also rank particularly high all on their own in terms of walkability.

For example, Dupont Circle is a great place to get around by walking. Most residents have an easy stroll to the closest Metro station, plus the neighborhood also includes a number of restaurants

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While celebrated for its charm and its history, Alexandria also holds the title of one of the friendliest cities in America. According to the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 2019, Alexandria is the second friendliest city in the nation.

Conde Nast points out Alexandria’s proximity to Washington DC, yet also distinguishes its more relaxed atmosphere. It additionally makes mention of its tourist friendly locations, including its rich collection of shopping and dining spots.

Savannah, Georgia comes in second place, while Boulder, Colorado takes third place. Charleston, South Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee round out the top five.

The very same reader survey that put Alexandria is the number two spot for

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Home prices are on the rise in the DC area, as more neighborhoods pass the million-dollar mark. Consistently you’ll find around 10 or so million-dollar neighborhoods in DC, where homes all average prices above $1 million.

Some neighborhoods are even higher than that. Last year the Spring Valley neighborhood had a median sale price of around $1.8 million, a big jump over last year. Large homes are the norm in this neighborhood of politicians, media personalities and Washington elite.

The Berkley neighborhood also topped the list for 2019 with a median sale price topping $1.6 million. Nearly surrounded by parkland, the affluent neighborhood is also one of the most exclusive.

Other million-dollar neighborhoods in DC include Kent, Georgetown,

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While it sits close enough to DC for commuters, it seems many people in Arlington are able to work without even leaving home. The personal finance website SmartAsset just came out with a list of the “Best Cities to Work From Home”, and Arlington is near the top of the list. Analysts at SmartAsset compared the nation’s 100 largest cities to come up with the new list for 2020. They considered things like the percentage of people living in a city that already work from home, the unemployment rate, housing costs and more.

Arlington came in at number three on the list behind Scottsdale, Arizona and Denver. In particular, the website pointed out Arlington’s low rate of unemployment and its low poverty rate.  When compared to other

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Rich with places to see and experience, unsurprisingly DC is tops with when it comes to many travelers. Now, though, it seems DC is getting a big nod from one of the world’s largest publications.

The New York Times just came out with its list of the top 52 places to visit in 2020, and DC came in at number one. The Times goes beyond the typical attractions, like the White House and area monuments, instead focusing on some of the specific reasons why a trip to DC this year makes sense.

Many travelers already know that Washington DC is full of free museums. This year, in particular, is a good year to visit because it marks the 100th anniversary of the year women secured the right to vote. Expect special exhibits marking the occasion at places like

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Competition is stiff when it comes to DC real estate, especially in such locations as Alexandria and Arlington. Both were recently named among the nation’s “most competitive” cities for housing markets.

The ranking comes from Redfin. The real estate site used its Redfin Compete Score to rate the level of difficulty buyers experience in finding a home based on things like the number of competing offers and on waived contingencies.

The compete score also takes into account how fast homes go under contract and how much homes sell above list price. Both Arlington and Alexandria received an RCS score of 96, meaning buyers face the highest level of competition in the nation. The two cities tied with Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As for Arlington and

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