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%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.28 minutes getting to work every day.
A lot of people in Alexandria take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Alexandria, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The citizens of Alexandria are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.12% of adults in Alexandria having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.