Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 153,511 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Alexandria, the average commute to work is 32.43 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Alexandria is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Alexandria, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Alexandria's cultural character, accounting for 27.45% of the city’s population.

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