"GREAT area if you can afford it"
If you're new to the DC Metro area and looking for a safe area in which to live, I highly recommend the Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, which blends into the Carlyle and Old Town sections. It's also pretty safe, with most things being within walkable distance. There are lots of single professionals because you'll be hard-pressed to find a space of more than 800sqft (or anyone who can afford the $2K/month tag for it). The crime rate in this area has been extremely low overall, although it has picked up a bit lately. Still, it's nothing compared to DC or MD. There are a number of large Fed agencies in the area so lots of employees around. Little to no issues or complaints, close to two metro's so personal cars are optional. As a security- conscience woman, this is the area I'd choose if I was moving to the DMV due to the safety, access and comfort - either here or Old Town. It's not as 'sexy' as DC or MD, but hey, you don't get any of the 'drama' either.