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 safest cities in america

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There’s yet another reason to choose Alexandria when it comes to a great location to live, work and play. The city just received the honor of being named one of “The Safest Cities in America” for 2018.

Alexandria took the number two spot in a ranking by SmartAsset, a personal finance website. To come up with the latest ranking, analysts looked at seven different factors, including things like property and violent crime rates, air quality, traffic deaths, the percentage of workers who commute alone and the percentage of area residents who overdose on drugs or drink excessively.

In particular, SmartAsset gave Alexandria high marks for road safety, with one of the lowest rates for traffic deaths in the country. Alexandria

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There’s now more proof that DC’s population is on the rise. The area just surpassed a major milestone, one it hasn’t seen in decades.

As of July 2018, DC’s population stood at more than 702,000 people. That’s a number the District hasn’t seen since the mid 1970s. While the early to mid 1940s counted a record 900,000 residents, the population of the area was on the decline for years.

In fact, it wasn’t until the 2000s that DC started turning those numbers around. Area leaders credit recent investment made in the District. They say it’s only proven that DC is a great place for families, for businesses, and simply a great overall place for anyone to live.

While decades ago immigrants only made up a small percentage of the local population, they

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Not only a great place to live, work and visit, DC’s also a great place when it comes to simply getting around the city. With that in mind, DC was just named a top biking city by Bicycling Magazine.

The publication took into account all types of bicycling-related data to come up with its list of “The Best Bike Cities in America”, putting DC at number 11. Specifically, analysts looked at safety, friendliness and accessibility to bicyclists, as well as the political climate when it comes to biking and overall culture, including biking routes and shops.

While researchers found some cities have little beyond painted bike lanes, others don’t’ even have that, leading them to believe that much of the nation can definitely improve when it comes to

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The secret is definitely out when it comes to Alexandria, as more and more people begin to experience firsthand all that the area has to offer. In fact, Alexandria was just named one of the top small cities in the nation, as designated by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

The luxury travel and lifestyle magazine left it up to readers to come up with the best cities, and then ranked them as part of the publication’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Hundreds of thousands of votes came in, split into the top cities with a population less than one million people, and those with populations exceeding one million people.

For its latest survey, Alexandria takes the number four spot on the list of small cities. The historic location is noted for its appeal to

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It may be the nation’s capital, but DC is far from all business and no play. In fact, DC just snagged a spot on the list of “2018’s Most Fun Cities in America”, as designated by WalletHub.

The personal finance website recently ranked Washington, DC at number 15 when it comes to fun cities across the nation. WalletHub looked at more than 180 cities in the US, and then ranked them based on entertainment offerings in dozens of key metrics.

They included all kinds of entertainment-related categories, from the number of fitness centers to brewery hours and movie theater costs. Researchers looked for cities with plenty of variety when it comes to having “fun”.

For example, cities received higher marks for the number of attractions, plus bar

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The popularity of living in the DC area continues to grow substantially, but that could prove difficult for those searching for housing. According to a new report from a regional planning board, DC likely faces a significant housing shortage in the near future.

Planners suggest the region desperately needs another 100,000 homes built in the coming decades. That’s in addition to the number of homes already projected to be built by 2045.

If not, they say, housing prices will only go up, hurting the local economy and driving area workers even farther out into the suburbs. The dire warning is based on the number of new workers expected to move to the area.

Population estimates suggest by 2045 the DC area could likely add about

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most likely to move

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While many of us would probably like to find the perfect home or perfect community and stay awhile, it seems DC homeowners are among the most likely to see a moving truck in the near future. At least that’s suspected based on newly analyzed mortgage application data.

The analysis comes out of the newly compiled ATTOM Data Solutions’ Pre-Move Housing Index. The real estate data analytics firm takes in the information, primarily based on the top three-dozen metro areas with at least a half-million single-family homes and condos.

When indexed, those locations scoring higher than 100 place above the national average, reflecting that more homes are likely to be sold there over the next 90 days. On the other hand, a

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There’s no doubt it’s a great location to live, work and play, but now it turns out Arlington is also a great place for man’s best friend. Arlington just received top nods when it comes to the most dog-friendly places in the country.

The honor comes from Yelp, which looked at cities all across the nation before coming up with its list of the most dog-friendly cities. According to Yelp, Arlington and some of the other top contenders are not only friendly locations for dogs, but area businesses often welcome them inside.

The reviews website came up with its list by looking at the number of page views in relation to restaurants, bars, hotels and beaches allowing dogs, page views for dog walkers and page views for dog parks. Yelp makes mention of

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Certain DC’s neighborhoods certainly have a reputation for being exclusive. However, while a former president, lobbyists, big names in the media and politicians all call swanky Kalorama home, it isn’t tops when it comes to DC’s wealthiest ZIP codes.

That honor goes to ZIP Code 20015, ranked as the most expensive in DC, at least according to GoBankingRates.com. The financial website looked at cost of living data from across the nation, then put it together with mortgage data and median home value data collected from Zillow.

Then, the website calculated the area with the most expensive ZIP Code. In the DC area, that honor went to a neighborhood straddling the Maryland border, south of Silver Spring and Chevy Chase.

The average home in ZIP Code

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arlington real estate market is healthy

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The news is positive for Arlington homeowners, as the location just picked up top honors when it comes to its healthy housing market. According to SmartAsset, a financial research firm, Arlington is at the top of the list for Virginia and also ranks high when comparing it to some of the nation’s other large housing markets.

The study credits this to a good supply of homes in the area. SmartAsset takes into account several criteria when predicting whether homeowners in certain areas are at a low risk of losing money when its time to sell their home.

The factors include risk of loss, fluidity, affordability and stability. With Arlington in particular, the area ranks high when looking at housing demand. While nationwide homes

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