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alexandria top destination

The secret is definitely out when it comes to Alexandria. Not only is the area a great place to live, but it’s sure to soon attract even more visitors, as well. That’s because Money Magazine just named Alexandria as a top travel destination for 2018.

The magazine looked at destinations around the US and the globe that are not only great places to go, but also supply the best value for your money. In all, they came up with 20 top destinations, ten national and ten international, based on information from Lonely Planet, placing Alexandria in the number one spot for the US.

In delivering the honor, Alexandria received high marks for its location and setting. Only about 10 miles from DC landmarks, Alexandria is also home to a historic waterfront,

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20001 zip code map

As developers take aim at improving more and more DC communities, it should come as no surprise that the metro area is quickly becoming one of the most gentrified in the nation. In fact, according to newly released research from RENTCafé, an online rental listing service, Washington DC is near the top of the list when it comes to “The Nation’s Fastest Gentrifying Zip Codes”.

When looking at Zip Codes across the nation, analysts found that the 20001 Zip Code takes second on the list of the top 10 fastest-gentrifying Zip Codes in the US. Researchers looks at a total of 11,000 different Zip Codes in the years between 2000 and 2016, taking into account US Census Bureau data from 2000 and American Community Survey findings from 2016.

They were

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dc millennials

It’s no secret that DC is a hot place to live, work and play, but it seems that the feeling easily transcends generations. At least when it comes to Gen-Xers and Millennials, anyways, the two generations share great taste in the place they call home.

While millennials are often lured by culture, decent pay and the tech centers of the nation, those who make up Gen-X are often in search of affordability and lots of square footage. With that in mind, Realtor.com analyzed a lot of information, including US Census Bureau migration data, change in homeownership data and even information about where different generations are searching for homes online, and then came up with some predictions.

The DC area appears extremely attractive to Generation X, as

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DC millenials

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Millennials may enjoy the varied options of a DC lifestyle, but it seems the high cost of living here may be actually driving the younger generation away. A new study found many millennials don’t see the likelihood of staying in the area long-term, and it’s primarily due to financial constraints.

The Millennial Index, from American University’s Kogod School of Business, found that in 2016, in particular, more millennials left DC than moved to DC. Moving to a more affordable city was the top reason given by those millennials considering leaving the area.

They particularly cited things like the cost of living plus the commute. In addition, nearly half of those surveyed felt like they were living paycheck to paycheck. This is

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welcome to arlington

There’s no doubt that Arlington County is a great place to live, and now it’s received top honors for something that’s not always so easy to see at first glance. The county just took home a major award for its environmentally friendly practices.

Given out by the U.S. Green Building Council, the award honors Arlington County as the very first Platinum level community. The certification is linked to the USGBC’s newly launched LEED for Communities program.

In basic terms, the certification is a reflection of the county’s efforts and success in economic prosperity, focusing on things like health and safety, affordable housing and education. In addition, the award also honors Arlington County for its success in managing storm water and its reduction

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foot traffic ahead

Filled with an array of places to go and things to see, it appears DC also easily comes in near the top of the list when it comes to walkability. The District just ranked as the second most walkable city in the nation, when compared to dozens of the most walkable metros in the entire United States, behind only New York City.

The ranking comes from a study out of the George Washington University School of Business, comparing and contrasting 30 of the nation’s most walkable metro areas, where it’s suggested that nearly half of all Americans live. The study specifically looked at what it calls “WalkUPs”, or rather an area’s percentage of rental apartments, retail and office space that a person can walk to and that will meet most of their needs.

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u haul sign

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At one time lured to the city by the promise of high paying jobs, it seems the once shiny appeal of living in Washington, DC is beginning to somewhat tarnish for millennials. According to several published reports, the young workers who flocked to the city following the recession, transforming many DC neighborhoods along the way, are now simply moving on.

While some are leaving for new employment, thanks to a stronger economy and the appeal of a lower cost of living, others point to the rising allure of the suburbs, with a slower pace of life replacing the desire of living close to vibrant entertainment and nightlife. Some project the trend could significantly change the area in the future.

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Some of the region’s highest earners may be lured by the sites and attractions of the big city, but it seems the suburbs hold the greatest appeal when it comes to settling down. That’s apparent from recent Census data, suggesting that a majority of those taking in the nation’s highest wages also choose to make the drive out to the suburbs.

When it comes to the DC area, Fairfax County ranks extremely high, with the country’s second highest wage earners residing in this area. The wealthy, suburban community ranks just behind New York County, or in other words, Manhattan, where about 49-percent of all full-time workers earn upwards of $75,000 per year.

Ironically, while Fairfax has a smaller population than Manhattan, which leads to its second place

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55+ active adults

There’s no doubt that DC is a great place for young professionals and families, but now the area is also getting the recognition it deserves as a great place to retire. The District was just named a top 10 retirement market by US News & World Report.

The ranking takes into account the nation’s largest metro areas, and then ranks them by how well they meet the needs of retirees. Categories include things like quality of healthcare, tax rates, affordability in housing and happiness among local residents. In particular, healthcare is boosted by the DC area’s access to many highly ranked hospitals and medical centers, in addition to top medical research that’s routinely performed in the area.

For this particular ranking, Washington DC gained the

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dc crowd

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If you think DC is a popular place to live, work and play now, it seems you’re in good company! Recent reports suggest the DC area is so popular it’s already in line for a population jump of about one million people. That’s according to projections by several individuals and studies.

According to a study published last spring by the DC Office of Planning and analysis by American City Business Journals, the area’s population is definitely on the rise. The latter reports that the metro’s population will grow to 6.55 million by 2020, a jump of 7.4-percent, and a total of 16-percent over the next decade, meaning more than 955,000 additional residents.

In all, those figures translate to more than 7-million people living in the DC

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