#9. Alexandria

Largely populated by professionals who work for the federal government, military or government contractors, Alexandria, Va., like other D.C. suburbs, contains a diverse group of highly educated residents. Every member of Alexandria’s city council, including four-term Mayor William Euille, is a Democrat. City leaders strongly support environmental protection and sustainability.

Representing the 8th Congressional District of Virginia, which includes Alexandria, is Jim Moran, Jr. GovTrack calls Moran a far left Democrat. A 12-term congressman, Moran was a supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has lead initiatives for stronger environmental protections, fair and open trade, and women’s issues. He is a cofounder of the New Democratic Coalition, a group of 50 House Democrats.  

Residents here are likely to …

  • drive a Subaru.
  • eat at Qdoba.
  • shop at REI.
  • watch The Newsroom.
  • read Time magazine.

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