Alexandria is located in Virginia. The first thing to note about Alexandria is that it is an independent city. It is also a census designated place, recognized by the US Census Bureau. It covers an area of 15.5 square miles, of which only 0.4 of it is water. It borders several areas including Rose Hill, Arlington, Lincolnia, Bailey’s Crossroads, Huntington and Belle Haven in Virginia, as well as Washington, DC.
According to the 2010 census, the population of Alexandria was found to be 139,966, with a median age of 34 years. Later statistics provided by Data USA through the American Community Survey show that by the year 2015, the population had grown to 149,315 with a median age of 36 years.
Data USA showed that in 2015, there were 92,575 people that were employed in Alexandria, and the median household income was $89,134. The median property value was found to be $502,500 and the general poverty rate in the city stood at 8.34%.
Alexandria is known as the highest income city in Virginia. It is also the 7th largest independent city in Virginia. There is another portion on the west and south of Fairfax County that is also called Alexandria. A distinction is sometimes made by calling the independent city, “City of Alexandria”.
Alexandria is known for its high number of state employees due to its close proximity to Washington, DC. They constitute those who work in the federal civil service, the U.S military as well as other private companies that provide services to the federal government.
Alexandria is also known for many prominent people including Robert E. Lee, who was a Civil War general. It was also home to two former presidents – Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon, who both lived in Parkfairfax.
Alexandria has many landmarks. One of them is the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. It was designed like the old Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, and in the year 2015, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Another landmark is Christ Church, whose construction began in 1765 and was completed in 1773. It has since gone through several renovations, but has retained some of the original features. They include one hymnal rack that was hand carved, hand-lettered plaques of the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed and the Golden Rule. George Washington was a member of this church. The church was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
Other landmarks in Alexandria include Gadsby’s Tavern, the Little Theatre of Alexandria, and Alexandria City Hall. Other places of historical interest are the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, and the Fort Ward Park and Museum, among others.
Click here to learn about Vienna in Virginia.