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Overview

Introduction to Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is a growing city located in northern Virginia on the Potomac, south of Washington, DC. Originally explored by Captain John Smith in the 1620s, the area was sold to John Alexander for 6,600 pounds of tobacco in 1669. Alexandria became a center for tobacco and later wheat. Today, Alexandria is primarily a residential area. Along with neighboring Arlington, Alexandria is part of a growing Washington metro area that has more than 3 million people. The city offers colonial charm, a pleasant environment, good schools, plenty of parks and easy access to the nation's capital.

Alexandria Culture

Alexandria has access to some of the best historical, cultural and entertainment attractions in the country. It has numerous historical and architectural treasures, including the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a 17-foot bronze statue of the country's first president. Just nine miles away is George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. In adjacent Arlington is the Marine Corps War Memorial, one of the world's largest bronze statues. In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Museums in the nation's capital are truly world class, with the Smithsonian museums alone supplying enough exhibits to occupy several days of viewing. Wolf Trap, located just 12 miles away in Vienna, Virginia, hosts an opera company and popular music concerts throughout the year. If you prefer shopping to highbrow culture, Alexandria is just minutes away from the Tysons Corner Center in McLean, one of the country's largest shopping malls at over 2 million square feet.

Alexandria Sports and Leisure

For spectator sports, Alexandria is just 7 miles from stadiums in Washington, DC. In 2005, major league baseball returned to the nation's capital, with the relocation of the former Montreal Expos franchise to RFK Stadium. The brand-new, 20,000-seat MCI Center in downtown Washington hosts the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. East of the city, 86,000-seat Fed Ex Field, the largest stadium in the NFL, is home to the Washington Redskins.

Alexandria Outdoors

Recreational pursuits of all kinds are very accessible from Alexandria. Theodore Roosevelt Island Park is a 91-acre wooded island in the middle of the Potomac that allows fishing, bird watching and hiking along the 2.5 miles of nature trails. Lake Accotink Park, just 6 miles away, and Burke Lake Park, just 12 miles away, are both ideal for fishing, boating and camping. Burke also has volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course and a miniature golf course. Fairfax County Trail and Pimmit Run Trail are also nearby. Heading southwest, away from DC, you'll find numerous lakes for fishing and hiking along the Appalachian Trail. To the east are Atlantic Ocean beaches. The DC metro area has dozens of golf courses and is just a 2-hour drive from nationally renowned links at Williamsburg and Providence Forge.

Alexandria at Night

Nightlife options include taking the Arlington Memorial Bridge across the river to the diverse attractions in the nation's capital, or staying within Alexandria, where there is an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and venues for live music.

Demographics

People

Total Population151,473
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens10%
Employed Population 16+94,430
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married43.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher62.1%
Median Earnings25+$59,460
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,392
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,161

Wealth

Median Family Income$111,347
% Above Poverty Level90.2%
% Below Poverty Level9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.7%
% Using Public Transportation22.2%

Housing

People Living Alone41.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,611
Median House Value$520,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38%
Irish10.8%
English9.4%
African9.3%
Italian5%
Ethiopian4.4%
Polish2.7%
Scottish2.4%
Arab2.3%
French Except Basque2%
Russian1.5%
Swedish1.1%
Norwegian0.9%
Dutch0.9%
Sierra Leone0.9%
Afghan)0.7%
Welsh0.7%
West Indian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Ghanaian0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Iranian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Sudanese0.3%
Palestinian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
US/American0.1%
British0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
German0.1%
Somali0.1%
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Alexandria Almanac

CategoryValue
County Alexandria city, Fairfax County, Alexandria City
Standard Zip Codes22302, 22304, 22305, 22308, 22311, 22312, 22314, 22331, 22332, 22301, 22306, 22307, 22309, 22310, 22315, 22303
P.O. Box Zip Codes22313, 22320
Company Zip Codes22333, 22334, 22350, 20598
Phone Area Codes571,703
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.82
Approximate Longitude-77.08

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)

StationWASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance5.9 miles
Jan Temp27 to 43 F
Apr Temp46 to 66 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.3 inches
StationNATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.7 inches
StationUPPER MARLBORO 3 NNW
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp22 to 43 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip43.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Annandale43,158$86,320
Arlington226,092$147,164
Burke42,290$142,212
Falls Church13,597$168,667
McLean48,867$217,667
Occoquan947$138,125

Alexandria Public Libraries

Alexandria Library
5005 DUKE STREET
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 746-1701

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Alexandria Hospitals

Inova Alexandria Hospital
(Non-profit)
4320 Seminary Road
(703) 504-3000
Lynn House Of Potomac Valley
4400 West Braddock Road
(703) 379-6000
Franconia-springfield Surgery Center
(Non-profit)
6355 Walker Lane
(703) 922-9500
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
(Non-profit)
2501 Parkers Lane
(703) 664-7000

Alexandria Public Schools

George Washington 1 Middle
1005 Mt Vernon Ave
ZIP: 22301
(703) 706-4500
George Washington 2 Middle
1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue
ZIP: 22301
(703) 706-4500
George Washington Middle
1005 Mount Vernon Avenue
ZIP: 22301
(703) 461-4100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1233
Maury Elem
600 Russell Rd
ZIP: 22301
(703) 706-4440
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Charles Barrett Elem
1115 Martha Custis Dr
ZIP: 22302
(703) 824-6960
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Douglas Macarthur Elem
1101 Janneys Ln
ZIP: 22302
(703) 461-4190
Primary
Total Enrollment 709
George Mason Elem
2601 Cameron Mills Rd
ZIP: 22302
(703) 706-4470
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Tc Williams High
3330 King St
ZIP: 22302
(703) 824-6800
High
Total Enrollment 3503
Alc At Cameron
3434 Campbell Dr
ZIP: 22303
(703) 329-2100
Cameron Elem
3434 Campbell Dr
ZIP: 22303
(703) 329-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Mount Eagle Elem
6116 N Kings Hwy
ZIP: 22303
(703) 721-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
Francis C Hammond 1 Middle
4646 Seminary Rd
ZIP: 22304
(703) 461-4100
Francis C. Hammond Middle
4646 Seminary Road
ZIP: 22304
(703) 461-4100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1443
Francis Hammond 2 Middle
4646 Seminary Road
ZIP: 22304
(703) 461-4100
Francis Hammond 3 Middle
4646 Seminary Road
ZIP: 22304
(703) 461-4100
James K Polk Elem
5000 Polk Ave
ZIP: 22304
(703) 461-4180
Primary
Total Enrollment 704
Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home
200 S. Whiting St.
ZIP: 22304
(703) 751-3700
Patrick Henry Elem
4643 Taney Ave
ZIP: 22304
(703) 461-4170
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Samuel W Tucker Elem
435 Ferdinand Day Dr
ZIP: 22304
(703) 933-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 752
Cora Kelly Magnet Elem
3600 Commonwealth Ave
ZIP: 22305
(703) 706-4420
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Mount Vernon Elem
2601 Commonwealth Ave
ZIP: 22305
(703) 706-4460
Primary
Total Enrollment 817
Achievement, Integrity And Maturity
C/o Kathryn Salerno, 2709 Popkins Lane
ZIP: 22306
(703) 660-2064
Alc At Bryant
2709 Popkins Ln
ZIP: 22306
(703) 660-2101
Bryant Alternative High
2709 Popkins Ln
ZIP: 22306
(703) 660-2001
High
Total Enrollment 318
Groveton Elem
6900 Harrison Ln
ZIP: 22306
(703) 718-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
Hollin Meadows Elem
2310 Nordok Place
ZIP: 22306
(703) 718-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Hybla Valley Elem
3415 Lockheed Blvd
ZIP: 22306
(703) 718-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 950
Whitman Middle
2500 Parkers Ln
ZIP: 22306
(703) 660-2400
Middle
Total Enrollment 974
Belle View Elem
6701 Fort Hunt Rd
ZIP: 22307
(703) 660-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Bucknell Elem
6925 University Dr
ZIP: 22307
(703) 660-2900
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Pulley Career Center
6500 Quander Rd
ZIP: 22307
(703) 718-2700
Quander Road School
6400 Quander Rd
ZIP: 22307
(703) 718-2400
West Potomac High
6500 Quander Rd
ZIP: 22307
(703) 718-2500
High
Total Enrollment 2542
West Potomac High School Academy
6500 Quander Rd
ZIP: 22307
(703) 718-2500
Fort Hunt Elem
8832 Linton Ln
ZIP: 22308
(703) 619-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
Sandburg Middle
8428 Fort Hunt Rd
ZIP: 22308
(703) 799-6100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1376
Stratford Landing Elem
8484 Riverside Rd
ZIP: 22308
(703) 619-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 892
Waynewood Elem
1205 Waynewood Blvd
ZIP: 22308
(703) 704-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 731
Mount Vernon High
8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd
ZIP: 22309
(703) 619-3100
High
Total Enrollment 2011
Mount Vernon Woods Elem
4015 Fielding St
ZIP: 22309
(703) 619-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 693
Riverside Elem
8410 Old Mount Vernon Rd
ZIP: 22309
(703) 799-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 781
Washington Mill Elem
9100 Cherrytree Dr
ZIP: 22309
(703) 619-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Woodlawn Elem
8505 Highland Ln
ZIP: 22309
(703) 619-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 740
Woodley Hills Elem
8718 Old Mt Vernon Rd
ZIP: 22309
(703) 799-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 746
Bush Hill Elem
5927 Westchester St
ZIP: 22310
(703) 924-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Clermont Elem
5720 Clermont Dr
ZIP: 22310
(703) 921-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Edison High
5801 Franconia Rd
ZIP: 22310
(703) 924-8000
High
Total Enrollment 1939
Edison High School Academy
5801 Franconia Rd
ZIP: 22310
(703) 924-8000
Franconia Elem
6301 Beulah St
ZIP: 22310
(703) 822-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Rose Hill Elem
6301 Rose Hill Dr
ZIP: 22310
(703) 313-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 752
Twain Middle
4700 Franconia Rd
ZIP: 22310
(703) 313-3700
Middle
Total Enrollment 933
Virginia Hills E C Resource Ctr
6520 Diana Ln
ZIP: 22310
(703) 317-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 233
John Adams Elem
5651 Rayburn Ave
ZIP: 22311
(703) 824-6970
Primary
Total Enrollment 947
William Ramsay Elem
5700 Sanger Ave
ZIP: 22311
(703) 824-6950
Primary
Total Enrollment 887
Alc At Montrose
6525 Montrose St
ZIP: 22312
(703) 658-5800
Bren Mar Park Elem
6344 Beryl Rd
ZIP: 22312
(703) 914-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Glasgow Middle
4101 Fairfax Pkwy
ZIP: 22312
(703) 813-8700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1645
Holmes Middle
6525 Montrose St
ZIP: 22312
(703) 658-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 972
Parklawn Elem
4116 Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22312
(703) 914-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 718
Thomas Jefferson High
6560 Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22312
(703) 750-8300
High
Total Enrollment 1820
Weyanoke Elem
6520 Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22312
(703) 813-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Jefferson-houston Elem
1501 Cameron St
ZIP: 22314
(703) 706-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Lyles-crouch Elem
530 S St Asaph St
ZIP: 22314
(703) 706-4430
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Hayfield Elem
7633 Telegraph Rd
ZIP: 22315
(703) 924-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 716
Hayfield Secondary
7630 Telegraph Rd
ZIP: 22315
(703) 924-7400
High
Total Enrollment 2891
Island Creek Elem
7855 Morning View Ln.
ZIP: 22315
(571) 642-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 793
Lane Elem
7137 Beulah St
ZIP: 22315
(703) 924-7700
Primary
Total Enrollment 839
Ashurst Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Burrows Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Elementary
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Holbrook Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
John H. Russell Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Kingsolver Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Marshall Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Mudge Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Murray Primary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Pierce Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Pope Elementary School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590
Walker Intermediate School
4400 Mark Center Dr
ZIP: 22350
(571) 372-0590

Alexandria Private Schools

Alexandria Country Day School
2400 Russell Rd
ZIP: 22301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 224
Commonwealth Academy
1321 Leslie Ave
ZIP: 22301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
Immanuel Lutheran School
109 Bellaire Rd
ZIP: 22301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
Blessed Sacrament School & Early Childhood Center
1417 W Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 253
Episcopal High School
1200 N Quaker Ln
ZIP: 22302
Secondary
Total Enrollment 438
Burgundy Farm Country Day School
3700 Burgundy Rd
ZIP: 22303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 271
Alexandria Friends School
3830 Seminary Rd
ZIP: 22304
Secondary
Total Enrollment 4
St Stephens & St Agnes School
1000 Saint Stephens Rd
ZIP: 22304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1128
Grace Episcopal School
3601 Russell Rd
ZIP: 22305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
St Rita School
3801 Russell Rd
ZIP: 22305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 204
St Louis Catholic School
2901 Popkins Ln
ZIP: 22306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 411
St Aidans Episcopal Day School
8531 Riverside Rd
ZIP: 22308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool
7719 Fort Hunt Rd
ZIP: 22308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Brentwood Academy
3725 Nalls Rd
ZIP: 22309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Engleside Christian School
8428 Highland Ln
ZIP: 22309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Islamic Saudi Academy
8333 Richmond Hwy
ZIP: 22309
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 614
The Aquinas Montessori School
8334 Mount Vernon Hwy
ZIP: 22309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 117
Browne Academy
5917 Telegraph Rd
ZIP: 22310
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
Calvary Road Christian School
6811 Beulah St
ZIP: 22310
Elementary
Total Enrollment 206
Christian Center School
5411 Franconia Rd
ZIP: 22310
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
Montessori School Of Alexandria
6300 Florence Ln
ZIP: 22310
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
The Howard Gardner School
4913 Franconia Rd
ZIP: 22310
Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
Queen Of Apostles Catholic School
4409 Sano St
ZIP: 22312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 169
Washington Islamic Academy
6408 Edsall Rd Ste 1
ZIP: 22312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Rd
ZIP: 22314
Secondary
Total Enrollment 828
Blue Bird Of Alexandria
346 Commerce St
ZIP: 22314
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
St Mary's Elementary School
400 Green St
ZIP: 22314
Elementary
Total Enrollment 671
St Pauls Nursery & Day School
228 S Pitt St
ZIP: 22314
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Little Acorn Patch At Kingstowne
5801 Castlewellan Dr
ZIP: 22315
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Northern Virginia Academy Of Early Learning
6414 Landsdowne Center
ZIP: 22315
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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Christ Church and Fairfax House c1902.

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Christ Church and Fairfax House c1902.

Braddock House between 1910 and 1920

Old Carlyle House between 1900 and 1906

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