Alexandria is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 47,832 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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alexandria who work in office and administrative support (13.76%), sales jobs (10.10%), and healthcare (9.50%).
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 18.28 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Many people in Alexandria take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Alexandria citizens for affordable transportation.
The population of Alexandria overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Alexandria, 22.12% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Alexandria in 2010 was $23,069, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,276 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 English, Irish, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Alexandria is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.