Alexandria: 'Second Most Exciting' City in Virginia?

Movoto cites cheese, sword fights.

Movoto mentions Cheesetique as one of the reasons why
Movoto mentions Cheesetique as one of the reasons why
Did cheese cinch Alexandria's spot as the second most exciting city in Virginia?

The newest designation, again from real estate research firm Movoto, comes on the heels of Alexandria being named the third snobbiest mid-sized city in the nation.

College town Charlottesville beat out Alexandria for the #1 spot.

Here's what Movoto has to say about Alexandria's exciting ambiance:

"Much bigger than our No. 1 city, Alexandria had some exciting and solid numbers across the board. With the second highest population density, fifth best arts, and fourth ranked non-fast food restaurants, it’s easy to see why people of all sorts can find a bit of excitement in this area.

Beyond that, we did mention the awesome eateries, right? Well foodies, or just cheese lovers in general, have got to stop by Cheesetique for an amazing and cheese-tastic meal. Or if you prefer something a bit more eclectic, you can take in some medieval dinner theater (yes you read that correctly) at Medieval Madness. The sword fights are sure to wow you."

Here's what Movoto looked at to get to their rankings.

A list of the most populated places in the state, 2010 U.S. Census and local business listings to get data for our excitement-measuring criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better, because fast food is boring)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)

Coming in behind Alexandria? Arlington


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