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Alexandria, VA
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Living in Alexandria



Alexandria is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 154,706 people and 93 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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.72% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.32 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.

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 65.18% 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 $68,640, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $274,560 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 16.49% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alexandria include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Ethiopian.

In addition, Alexandria has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.58%).

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