7 Reasons for Veterans to Relocate to Alexandria, Virginia

Military Times recently named Alexandria the best medium sized city (75,000-199,999 people) for veterans. The rankings considered economic factors, the presence of military and veteran culture and service, and livability. 

There's no shortage of veteran's services

With 26 VA health facilities within 50 miles, fifteen VA benefit facilities within 75 miles, and thirteen military installations within twenty-five miles, you're conveniently situated to take full advantage of your veteran benefits.

Old Town is gorgeous

The quaint, cobblestoned streets of this historic district will make you feel like you've gone back in time. While you're there you can explore a World War II torpedo plant that was converted into artists' studios and galleries, then grab some fresh food at the farmers' market, or eat in some top-notch restaurants.

The waterfront

Located on the banks of the Potomac River, Alexandria has a great maritime culture. You'll see people sailing, rowing, and stand-up paddle boarding on the river when the weather is nice. If being on the water's not your thing, you can also enjoy a meal at one of the area's many waterfront restaurants and bars.

It's close to our nation's capital

Speaking of boating, DC's National Mall is only a twenty-five minute water taxi ride away from Alexandria. Once you're in the capital, you can enjoy the historic monuments, great museums—like the Air and Space Museum, or even visit the National Zoo free of charge.

The history

Living in George Washington's hometown is a dream for any American history buff. His home, along with many other historic buildings, are right at your fingertips in Alexandria.

A city with a history as rich as Alexandria's can't exist without a few ghosts. You can get up close and personal with them on a local ghost tour—a fun way to help your out-of-town guests learn a little more about your new town's history.

Fido is welcome

Local businesses really pull out all the stops for their canine residents.

You can spoil your pooch thanks to the plethora of local dog boutiques, agility gyms, and dog-friendly restaurants. And if they need a snack before joining you for yappy hour (see what we did there?), they can grab a free dog biscuit from one of the treat stops on South Fairfax Street or take a sip of water from one of the many bowls left out on King Street.

Higher education

The Virgina/Maryland/DC area is home to some wonderful institutions of higher education.

So, if you're looking to use your GI Bill to get a college degree after you move, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find yourself just a short commute from some great institutions that are highly ranked for veterans like George Washington University, Marymount University, and Stratford University.

With the median home price in the area at $520,000, you'll want to take advantage of your VA loan benefit to eliminate your downpayment requirement and get a lower interest rate.

Still have questions? Get the facts about VA loans.