Alexandria is a Virginia independent city, which means it acts independently from a county. Bordering the national’s capital, Alexandria is frequently ranked as a top place to live. Niche.com ranked Alexandria on 2018 lists such as Best Cities to Live in America (#14), Best Cities to Raise a Family in America (#25), and Best Cities to Retire in America (#60). MONEY Magazine ranked Alexandria, Virginia number 1 nationwide on the list of Best Places to Go in 2018. Alexandria is home to several federal government agencies such as the Department of Defense, Patent and Trademark Office, and Office of the Inspector General.