Alexandria, Virginia


Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Alexandria, Virginia. United States | Walk around town by Yulia Pantyukhina


As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810.

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population.

Living in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia by Brian Block


Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.

The Potomac River is located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States and flows into the Chesapeake Bay.


Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as Central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been influenced by its proximity to the U.S. capital.

Northern Virginia – commonly referred to as NOVA – comprises several counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in a widespread region generally radiating southerly and westward from Washington, D.C. With 2.8 million residents, it is the most populous region of Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area.

The Baltimore–Columbia–Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as Central Maryland, is a Metropolitan Statistical Area in Maryland as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget.


It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government.


One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense.


Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses.

The Institute for Defense Analyses is an American non-profit corporation that administers three federally funded research and development centers – the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing – to assist the United States government in addressing national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.


In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification.


The historic center of Alexandria is known as "Old Town".


With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors.

An antique shop is a retail store specializing in the selling of antiques.


Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable.


It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.


A large portion of adjacent Fairfax County mostly south, but also west of the city is named "Alexandria," but it is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County and separate from the city; the city is sometimes referred to as the City of Alexandria to avoid confusion.

A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposes, in certain modern nations.


In 1920, Virginia's General Assembly voted to incorporate what had been Alexandria County as Arlington County to minimize confusion.

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