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The city of Falls Church zoomed past the District of Columbia to be the local jurisdiction where home-buyers spent more, per square foot, than anywhere else in January.

The median per-square-foot cost of $453 for Falls Church property for the month was up 13 percent from a year before, while the $449 recorded in Washington was down 7.2 percent, according to figures reported Feb. 11 by MarketStats by ShowingTime.

Arlington placed third, up 9 percent to $399 per square foot, while the city of Alexandria was fourth, up 1.2 percent to $346.

Among other major Washington-area localities, Fairfax County saw a rise of 6.6 percent to $275 per square foot; Montgomery County was up 5.1 percent to $275; Loudoun County rose 5.2 percent to $203; Prince George’s County was up 10.6 percent to $177; and Prince William County posted a 3.8-percent hike to $166.

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