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The City of Alexandria, VA is located within the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is part of a large metropolitan area known as Northern Virginia or NOVA and lies right outside Washington DC. The city lies on the banks of the Potomac River and has some of the most interesting shopping and dining experiences in the D.C. metro area. Alexandria is fairly small, with a population of less than 160,000. The city’s proximity to Washington DC has shaped much of its character and personality.

Most of those who live in Alexandria work at a job that supports the federal government in some way. Many of its residents work in the federal civil service, are in the U.S. military, or are employed by the one of the numerous private companies which contract with the federal government. The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest employers in Alexandria, along with the United States Patent And Trademark Office and the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Old Town Alexandria offers a truly unique shopping experience. The area boasts many boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, and theaters and is a major tourist destination. Most neighborhoods are high income, as well as compact and walkable. Alexandria is an independent city with its own government and services and has the highest average income of any independent city within Virginia.

The city is only 15.5 square miles in total area, including .42 square miles that lie within the waters of the Potomac. The city is bordered on the north and northwest by Arlington County and on the east by the Potomac River. It is bordered on the south by Fairfax County, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. There are several established neighborhoods within Alexandria, including Old Town, Rosemont, Eisenhower Valley, Parker-Gray, The Berg, North Ridge, West End, Alexandria and Del Ray.

The demographics of the city include moe than 68,000 households and 31,000 families. It is a population dense city with 8,500 persons per square mile. According to recent estimates, the median household income was $85,000 and the median income for a family was $105,000. Income for either gender was about equal. About 9 percent of the population lived below the poverty line, including residents age 65 or older. The city is served by Alexandria City Public Schools and is home to some of the finest private schools in Virginia.

The City of Alexandria is a delightful community and a fine place to both visit and live. Great shopping, fine dining, and live performance are also readily available.