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Alexandria, VA

Alexandria is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress
156,505
Alexandria Population7
$
73,281
Median Income6
5.6
%
Unemployment Rate20
 

City Score

 

Population

Alexandria is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States since 2010, particularly for 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 62%

Age

36.5
Median Age7
17.1
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Alexandria residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 4.4% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 13.6%

Race

62.2
%
Virginia Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Alexandria can be windy with higher than average rainfall. The average annual rainfall is 42 inches and the average wind speed is 9 mph

Weather

31
%
Chance of Rain13
56
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature42

 

Housing

The average home value in Alexandria increased by 31% since 2010 which is 11% lower than the national average and 10% higher than the state average

Rent

$
2,250
Monthly Average14
32
%
Renters43

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Alexandria is a high tax location with sales tax 13% lower than the national average and property tax 27% lower than the national average, but income tax 36% higher than the national average.

Other

0.81
%
Property Tax24
6.0
%
Sales Tax22
4.05
%
Vehicle Tax24

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)44

 

Employment

Alexandria has an average employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are US Army and United Way

Income

9.8
%
<$25,0006
33.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry20

 

Politics

Alexandria is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results45

Representatives

Mayor30 Justin Wilson
Democratic
House of Representative30 Donald Sternoff Beyer Jr.
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, is 2.4 miles from the center of Alexandria, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Washington DC VA Medical Center, is 5.6 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, George Washington University Hospital, is 5.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical31 CBD Oil Only
Decriminalized31 Yes
 

Safety

In Virginia, 35.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 41.8% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks32
No
Permit to Purchase Law32

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The third oldest nationally recognized historic district in the United States
  • A former munitions factory that was converted into an art center in 1974
  • A nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary established in 1973
 

Top Destinations

  • Alexandria was founded in 1749, making it older than the United States36
  • George Washington played an integral part in the town's early history and development. He recruited his first soldiers in Market Square, and following the French and Indian War, he settled down in Mount Vernon and regularly visited Alexandria37
  • In 2019, Forbes named Alexandria the "Ice Cream Cone Capital Of The United States"38
 

Recognition

#19 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche33
#33 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche34
#22 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche35
 

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