Alexandria, Virginia Population 2022

163,367
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Alexandria is a city located in Fairfax County Virginia. With a 2020 population of 163,367, it is the 7th largest city in Virginia and the 168th largest city in the United States. Alexandria is currently growing at a rate of 1.21% annually and its population has increased by 2.45% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 159,467 in 2020. Spanning over 15 miles, Alexandria has a population density of 10,939 people per square mile.

The average household income in Alexandria is $135,100 with a poverty rate of 9.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Alexandria is 36.8 years, 36.5 years for males, and 37.1 years for females.

Alexandria is an independent city that has been heavily influenced by Washington D.C., which is located just seven miles away. The city of Alexandria was originally founded in 1749 and wasn't incorporated as a city until 1852. It was designated later as an independent city in 1870.

Alexandria Age and Education Statistics

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.

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 driven primarily 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.

The town founders called the new town "Belhaven," but this was never officially approved and fell out of favor quickly, 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 sketched 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.

Alexandria Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Alexandriawas:

  • White: 59.75%
  • Black or African American: 21.86%
  • Asian: 6.69%
  • Two or more races: 5.91%
  • Other race: 5.41%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Alexandria, Virginia is 163,367 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 159,467.

Alexandria, Virginia Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Alexandria Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Alexandria Population by Race

Alexandria Population Pyramid 2022

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Alexandria Median Age

36.8


Total

36.4


Male

37.2


Female

Alexandria Adults

There are 129,258 adults, (18,424 of whom are seniors) in Alexandria.

Alexandria Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

16.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Alexandria Sex Ratio

Female

82,057

51.83%

Male

76,252

48.17%

Alexandria Population by Age

Alexandria Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Alexandria Household Types

43.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Alexandria Households and Families

3.07

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

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Alexandria Households by Type

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Alexandria Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Alexandria Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 81.13%.

Alexandria Educational Attainment by Race

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$68,113

Average Earnings

$74,015

Average Male

$63,350

Average Female

Alexandria Earnings by Educational Attainment

Alexandria Language by Age

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Alexandria Language

68.08% of Alexandria residents speak only English, while 31.92% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.54% of the population.

Alexandria Language

Alexandria Poverty by Race

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9.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.82%

Male Poverty Rate

9.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Alexandria

The race most likely to be in poverty in Alexandria is Native, with 27.29% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Alexandria is Multiple, with 9.39% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.92%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.13%.

Alexandria Poverty

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Alexandria Poverty Rate by Education

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Alexandria Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Alexandria Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Alexandria Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.9%

Male Marriage Rate

40.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Alexandria Married by Age and Sex

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Alexandria Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Alexandria Marital Status by Race

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Alexandria Marital Status

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11,346

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Alexandria Veterans by War

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Alexandria Veterans by Age

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Alexandria Veterans by Race

Alexandria Veterans by Education

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2.75%

Veteran Poverty Rate

14.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Alexandria Veterans by Education

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78.1%

Labor Force Participation

73.5%

Employment Rate

3.3%

Unemployment Rate

Alexandria Employment by Age

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Alexandria Employment by Race

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Alexandria Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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21.72%

Born in Alexandria

73.91%

Native Born

26.09%

Foreign Born

14.90%

Non Citizen

11.19%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.91% of Alexandria residents were born in the United States, with 21.72% having been born in Virginia. 14.90% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Alexandria Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Alexandria Population by Year