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Welcome to Alexandria ...

When the people of Alexandria refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Alexandrian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Alexandria has a population of 159,428 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Alexandria.

The city of Alexandria is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Alexandria lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Alexandria: (703) & (571)<4>

Websites for Alexandria ...

Official Website:   www.ci.alexandria.va.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.alexchamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Alexandria had an population of 159,428 people. This is an increase of 13.9% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 24.28% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Alexandria had a population of 139,966 people.

The population of Alexandria represents 1.75% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 139,966 people, the population of Alexandria increased 9.11% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 128,283 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Alexandria.

Adding Alexandria to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Alexandria in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Alexandria elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Alexandria on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Alexandria ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Virginia communities named Alexandria: This one is located in and the other is located in Virginia Beach City.

Beyond Virginia, there are 24 communities that are also named Alexandria - they are located in Alabama, British Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Manitoba, Minnesota, Missouri (3), Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio (3), Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Tennessee.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alexandria.

Communities near Alexandria ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alexandria.

  • Arlington [Arlington County]
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    • Arlington [Arlington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Alexandria
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 207,627 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlington
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlington<6>
  • Bowie [Prince George's County]
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    • Bowie [Prince George's County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Alexandria
    • Estimated population in 2019: 58,643 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowie
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bowie<6>
  • College Park [Prince George's County]
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    • College Park [Prince George's County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Alexandria
    • Estimated population in 2019: 32,163 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for College Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on College Park
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for College Park<6>
  • Fairfax [Fairfax City]
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    • Fairfax [Fairfax City] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the west of Alexandria
    • Estimated population in 2019: 24,019 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfax<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Greenbelt [Prince George's County]
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      • Greenbelt [Prince George's County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Alexandria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,224 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenbelt have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenbelt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenbelt<6>
    • Hyattsville [Prince George's County]
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      • Hyattsville [Prince George's County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Alexandria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18,230 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hyattsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hyattsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hyattsville<6>
    • Takoma Park [Montgomery County]
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      • Takoma Park [Montgomery County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the north of Alexandria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,725 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Takoma Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Takoma Park<6>
    • Vienna [Fairfax County]
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      • Vienna [Fairfax County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Alexandria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 16,485 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vienna
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vienna<6>
    • Falls Church [Falls Church City]
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      • Falls Church [Falls Church City] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Alexandria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 14,617 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls Church
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Falls Church<6>
    • New Carrollton [Prince George's County]
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      • New Carrollton [Prince George's County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Alexandria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,928 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Carrollton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Carrollton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Carrollton<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alexandria. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alexandria.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alexandria. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alexandria.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alexandria. Our list includes 80 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Alexandria.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alexandria ...

Looking for more information about Alexandria? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alexandria, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alexandria.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Virginia

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Alexandria: www.ci.alexandria.va.us/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alexandria refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alexandria may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alexandria.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alexandria - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (571) is an overlay for area code (703).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alexandria) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alexandria. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alexandria

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alexandria. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8050, Longitude: -77.0470    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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