Alexandria, Virginia Population 2019
Alexandria is a city located in the state of Virginia. It is an independent city that has been heavily influenced by Washington D.B., which is located just seven miles away. The city of Alexandria was originally founded in 1749 and was not incorporated as a city until 1852. It was later designated as an independent city in 1870. Its last recorded population was 139,966 during the 2010 census. However, estimates show that this number has grown substantially to 155,810.
City Size and Population Density
Alexandria has a total area of 15.5 square miles. The city’s total population density is about 10,221 residents per square mile.
Alexandria Population Demographics
Alexandria has a fairly diverse population demographic. Nearly 61% of its residents are white, almost 22% are black, 6% are Asian, nearly 4% are mixed, and over 16% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. Ethnic groups that reside in the city include but are not limited to Salvadorans, Hondurans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.
Residents between the ages of 25 and 44 make up the largest group, accounting for 43.5% of the total population. Residents under the age of 18 make up 16.8% of the population, while just 9% of residents are at least 65 years old. Less than 9% of the city’s residents live below the federal poverty line.
Alexandria’s residents are more educated than others in the state, with about 58% of the city’s residents holding at least a bachelor’s degree, exceeding the 33% average of Virginia.
The town founders called the new town "Belhaven", but this was never officially approved and fell out of favor quickly, being replaced with the name Alexandria upon official incorporation in 1779.
Alexandria was included in the area chosen by George Washington in 1791 to become the District of Columbia. George Washington was also the land surveyor that made the sketch of the shoreline where the city would eventually be.
In 1814 - during the War of 1812, Alexandria suffered an attack by the British which was successful. The surrender of the city allowed the British to loot from the town stores - including flour, sugar, and wine. After three days, the British troops withdrew to rally forces for another attack.
Population Growth in Alexandria
The city has exhibited steady population growth, and recent estimates show that the figures are up over 11% since the city’s last recorded population in 2010. This growth is primarily driven by the number of jobs in the area, including roles in the U.S. military, the Department of Defense and other government and private entities.
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