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Overview

Introduction to Alexandria, Louisiana

Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides county, is 79 miles N of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 169 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Alexandria History

Originally, this area was the home to a community which supported the activities of the Spanish outpost of Post du Rapides. The first organized settlement was made in 1785, when a Pennsylvania businessman called Alexander Fulton got the land grant from Spain. Alexandria was named after the daughter of Fulton. It was incorporated in 1818 as a town, and was chartered as a city in 1882.

Alexandria and nearby Attractions

  • Westgate Shopping Center
  • Harmon Field
  • Louisiana History Museum
  • Alexandria Zoological Park
  • Cenla Amusement

Things To Do In Alexandria

Tourists in Alexandria can enjoy shopping at the Dunbar Plaza Shopping Center, Westgate Shopping Center, and Southside Shopping Center. Parks that come with several recreational facilities are Harmon Field, Gimble Park, and Hunter Park. A visit to the Louisiana History Museum is a delight for the history buffs. Cenla Amusement is a favorite among the children and youngsters. Alexandria Zoological Park is another interesting place to visit. The city hosts the RiverFest every year.

Alexandria Transportation

Alexandria International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.

Alexandria Higher Education

Louisiana State University at Alexandria, and Louisiana Technical College - Alexandria Campus are situated in the city. The other higher education institutes that can be availed from the city include the Northwestern State University of Louisiana, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Grambling State University.

People

Total Population 47,985
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 17,469
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 35.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $25,642
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,680
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,679

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,396
% Above Poverty Level 74.2%
% Below Poverty Level 25.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $762
Median House Value $130,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 4.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alexandria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles N of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 169 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Rapides
Metro Area Alexandria
Standard Zip Codes 71301, 71302, 71303
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71306, 71307, 71309, 71315
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.311
Longitude -92.445

Alexandria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALEXANDRIA INTL AP
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 58 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 61.4 inches
Station ALEXANDRIA ESLER AP
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches
Station BOYCE 3 WNW
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 59.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Alexandria, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alex (71302, 71303, 71307, 71315, 71301)

Anandale (71301)

Camp Stafford (71301)

Castle Village (71301)

Chandler Park (71301)

Charles Park (71301)

Cherokee Village (71301)

Magda (71303)

Martin Park (71301)

Moreland (71301)

Roxana (71303)

Tanglewood (71301)

Timber Trails (71301)

Weil (71303)

Willow Glen (71302)

Wilshire Park (71303)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ball 4,000 $65,461
Boyce 1,441 $36,250
Pineville 14,455 $46,493
Pollock 425 $43,750
Woodworth 1,121 $75,688

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alexandria Public Libraries

Library
Rapides Parish Library
411 WASHINGTON STREET
Alexandria, Louisiana
(318) 445-6436
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Alexandria Hospitals

RAPIDES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
211 4TH STREET
(318) 473-3150
Emergency Service: Yes

CHRISTUS ST FRANCIS CABRINI HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3330 MASONIC DRIVE
(318) 487-1122
Emergency Service: Yes

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Alexandria High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ALEXANDRIA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
800 OLA LANE
318-448-8234
Serves 1,010 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

BOLTON HIGH SCHOOL
2101 VANCE AVENUE
318-448-3628
Serves 714 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

PEABODY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
2727 JONES STREET
318-448-3457
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 694 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

EWELL S. AIKEN OPTIONAL SCHOOL
3444 MASONIC DRIVE
318-442-1846
A Non-traditional School
Serves 397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

ST. MARY'S DAY SCHOOL
6719 HIGHWAY 1 NORTH
318-443-6694
A Special Education School
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

RAPIDES MOTIVATIONAL CENTER
1323 VANCE AVENUE
318-442-3177
A Non-traditional School
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

LOUISIANA YOUTH ACADEMY
400 JOHN ALLISON DRIVE
318-449-4360
A Non-traditional School
Serves 96 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

E. C. HAYES EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL
4020 AARON STREET
318-442-3857
A Special Education School
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3

LOUISIANA SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER
5400 COLISEUM BOULEVARD
318-487-5484
A Special Education School
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.2

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