Alexandria, Virginia has the Best Downtown in the USA


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Old Town Alexandria, Virginia has landed snugly on top of a new Top 10 list of the best downtown’s of 2016.

The website produced the list, with a slideshow counting down from No. 10. Old Town Alexandria landed in the top spot for the first time in four years. We were number 5 two years ago and number 6 last year. is a website exploring what makes small- to mid-size cities great places to live.

“The cities and towns on our Top 10 Best Downtowns all exemplify the best trends in redevelopment. Some, like Alexandria, Va., are centered around a historic district that has survived for literally centuries. Others, like Pittsburgh, Pa., have seen their fortunes come and go and now come again. Still others, like Evanston, Ill., seem to be just now hitting their stride and coming into their own.”

The final rankings were:

  1. Old Town Alexandria, VA
  2. Santa Monica, CA
  3. Greenville, SC
  4. Bellevue, WA
  5. Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Boise, ID
  7. Tempe, AZ
  8. Plano, TX
  9. Colorado Springs, CO
  10. Evanston, IL

What they had to say about Alexandria:

By any measurement, downtown Alexandria, Va.. is loaded. Loaded with restaurants. Loaded with cultural venues and entertainment options. Loaded with historical architecture, picture perfect views and people. Old Town, the historic heart of downtown Alexandria, swells with tourists, shoppers and art-lovers by day, while filling up with beer- and music-lovers who shuffle down brick-lined streets towards bars and pubs in the evening hours. Restaurants in Alexandria are themselves worth flying across the country to try and draw thousands of food connoisseurs from the Washington D.C. area. Residents here take full advantage of their city’s thriving food scene, eating out nearly twice as much as the average American. It all adds up to put Alexandria at the top of our Top 10 Best Downtowns 2016.

(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

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