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.
Another interesting thing about Alexandria, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One downside of living in Alexandria is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Alexandria, the average commute to work is 33.16 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Alexandria's cultural character, accounting for 27.24% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Alexandria is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.