Alexandria is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 159,428 people and 83 constituent neighborhoods, Alexandria is the eighth largest community in Virginia.
Alexandria home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Alexandria real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Alexandria is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.23% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Alexandria is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alexandria who work in management occupations (16.02%), business and financial occupations (10.73%), and computer science and math (7.62%).
Also of interest is that Alexandria has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Alexandria is also a city of artists. Alexandria has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Alexandria’s character.
One thing noticeable about Alexandria, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Alexandria is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Alexandria a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
In Alexandria, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.16 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Alexandria use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Alexandria‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Alexandria, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Alexandria is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 63.10% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Alexandria in 2018 was $62,679, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $250,716 for a family of four. However, Alexandria contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Alexandria is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Alexandria home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alexandria residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Alexandria also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alexandria include German, Irish, English, Ethiopian, and Italian.
Alexandria also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.24%.
The most common language spoken in Alexandria is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.