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Welcome to Alexandria ...

The location of Alexandria has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

When the people of Alexandria refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Alexandrian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Alexandria has a population of 160,035 people<3> (see below for details).

The city of Alexandria is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Telephone area codes for Alexandria: (703) & (571)<5>

Population Details ...

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 (with a count of 128,283 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Alexandria had an population of 160,035 people. This is an increase of 14.34% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 24.75% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Alexandria ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Alexandria and not the distance as if you drove.<6>.

Community   2017
Population
DirDistance
Bowie (MD)   [Map]   58,859   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
College Park (MD)   [Map]   32,303   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Greenbelt (MD)   [Map]   23,489   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Hyattsville (MD)   [Map]   18,333   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
New Carrollton (MD)   [Map]   13,023   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Takoma Park (MD)   [Map]   17,885   N   12 miles [19.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Alexandria.

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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alexandria. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alexandria. Our list includes 80 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Alexandria:

Websites for Alexandria ...

Official Website:   www.ci.alexandria.va.us/
Chamber of Commerce:   www.alexchamber.com/

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.

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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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<2>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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alexandria.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alexandria - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Area code (571) is an overlay for area code (703).

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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: 38.8048, Longitude: -77.0469     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alexandria have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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