The medium-size city of Alexandria, Virginia is home to slightly less than 155,000 residents. Young professionals account for a larger portion of the population here (23%) than nationally (15%), making it a great place to set out on your own, while retirees are less well-represented. Overall, the city's residents, with an average age of just over 37, are younger than most cities in Virginia. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the city, and 57% of residents rent their homes despite paying significantly more in rent than the state average of $1,285 a month.
With an average commute time of about 35 minutes, longer than most cities in Virginia, Alexandria residents find that it takes some patience getting to work. Many residents (42%) commute to work by car or truck, while public transit is used by just 14% of the city. Walking (2%) isn't a common means of commuting to work, though the number surpasses the national average.
Compared to the national average (7%), Alexandria has a large concentration of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees, as 19% possess a Master's or a Doctoral degree. In addition, 22% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. Many Alexandria residents work in one of four industries: scientific, public administration, entertainment, and healthcare. Combined, these industries account for 33% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's workers are in management, making it the top profession in the city. With an average annual income of around $108,000, Alexandria workers take home more than their peers elsewhere in Virginia. Alexandria's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345).