Alexandria is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 47,889 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Alexandria is the tenth largest community in Louisiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Alexandria is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alexandria is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alexandria who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), sales jobs (11.02%), and healthcare (9.02%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Alexandria spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.33 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Alexandria citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.18% of adults 25 and older in Alexandria have a college degree.
The per capita income in Alexandria in 2010 was $20,399, which is middle income relative to Louisiana, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,596 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Alexandria include Irish, English, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Alexandria is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.