Alexandria, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Alexandria, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Alexandria is the 7th largest city in Virginia with a population of 148,700 as of July 1, 2016. Alexandria ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alexandria is located at latitude 38.8201 and longitude -77.0841 in Alexandria (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alexandria (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.05 sq. miles and a water area of 0.44 sq. miles. Alexandria (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of Alexandria (GNIS ID: 1498415) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alexandria population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Alexandria: Allexandria, Belhaven, Belle Haven, Bellhaven, Chincoteague Creek, Gincatic Creek, Guicatic Run.

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Alexandria, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 148,700
Population in Households 146,873
Population in Familes 92,846
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,827
Population Density1 9,881
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 72,319
Average Household Size 2.03
Family Households 32,478
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 76,961 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,852 (38.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 42,467 (55.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,642 ( 6.0%)
Median Home Value $521,317
Average Home Value $577,329


Median Household Income $90,080
Average Household Income $124,509
Per Capita Income $60,941
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.97% 1.12%
Households 0.97% 1.12%
Families 0.76% 0.97%
Median Household Income   2.4%
Per Capita Income   1.59%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Alexandria, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alexandria to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 99th
Population Density1 # 4 99th
Diversity Index2 # 62 90th
Median Household Income # 98 84th
Per Capita Income # 26 96th

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