Awards & Accolades


Arts & Tourism

  • Alexandria rated one of America's Top Holiday Towns in 2016 by USA Today
  • Alexandria is one of the 10 Must-Visit U.S. Hotspots for 2017 according to Smarter Travel
  • The King Street Art Festival is ranked 2nd of "America's Best Small Art Festivals" by Fodor Travel


  • American Planning Association's 2016 Excellence in Sustainability Award for the best sustainable urban design plan or project in the country, given to the Eisenhower Small Area Plan - American Planning Association
  • Alexandria’s Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program was recognized by the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program as a Gold-level community and winner in the Innovation category

Transportation & Walkability

  • Alexandria named one of the Top 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016 by
  • Alexandria is the second most walkable city in Virginia according to
  • #7 best mid-sized city for public transit in the country, Redfin​
  • "Bicycle Friendly Community" Silver Level - League of American Bicyclists 


  • #1 Best Mid-Sized City for Education in America in 2015, Movoto Real Estate
  • Washington, DC region is the 13th most educated city/metro area in the Country, Value Penguin

Economy, Technology and Innovation

  • Alexandria is the Best City for Entrepreneurs in 2017 according to Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Alexandria is ranked as one of the nation's top "Digital Cities" by the Center for Digital Government
  • Alexandria is recognized as the third easiest place in Virginia to sell a home by SmartAsset, April 2016.

For a full list of Alexandria awards in chronological order, visit the City’s Awards & Recognitions page.

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