Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 155,810 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 91.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Alexandria is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alexandria who work in management occupations (15.25%), business and financial occupations (9.99%), and office and administrative support (9.71%).

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 downside of living in Alexandria, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.43 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Alexandria is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Alexandria area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Alexandria. 61.37% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Alexandria in 2010 was $54,861, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,444 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 16.56% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alexandria include Irish, English, Italian, and Ethiopian.

Alexandria also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.45%.

The most common language spoken in Alexandria is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.