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Alexandria is one of the oldest cities in Virginia and located 7 miles south of Washington D.C. With a population of around 140,000 and its proximity to the capital, it provides a short commute for the many thousands of government workers and those in supporting industries across the region.
Where Washington D.C. and Arlington is for work, Alexandria is more about relaxation with a high concentration of restaurants, shops, theaters, galleries and antique stores, this is a place to come and unwind after a long day. Most of the neighborhoods are walkable and there are bus and metro links all around. That makes it ideal for commuting or relaxing.
Alexandria’s economy has some government and administrative elements as well as tourism and finance. The majority of residents commute into DC though.
Employment in Alexandria
Alexandria is home to some government agencies including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, National Science Foundation, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense and the Food and Nutrition Service.
There are also a number of trade associations and lobbyists based in the city including Catholic Charities, Citizens for the Republic, Global Impact, United Way, Volunteers of America and the Salvation Army. the American Counseling Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, National Industries for the Blind, American Physical Therapy Association and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
Private employers are also plentiful with INOVA Health, George Mason University, Verizon, MITRE, BB&T, SAIC INC, SECURCORP, INC., United States Geological Survey, Institute for Defense Analyses, Grant Thornton LLP, Home Depot and Giant Food all having a presence.
Getting around Alexandria
Thanks to its proximity to Washington D.C. Alexandria and the surrounding areas are very well served by transport links. While not all links are in Alexandria itself, they will be easily accessible from there.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the nearest airport in Arlington. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 30 miles northwest and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is 40 miles northwest.
Alexandria Station has rail services from Virginia Railway Express and Amtrak. Metro is also present in Alexandria with the Blue and Yellow lines serving the city. The King Street Trolley also operates from King Street to the waterfront.
Traveling by car you have I-94, I-495, I-395, George Washington Memorial Parkway, State Route 7 and State Route 236.
Alexandria city life
As most residents of Alexandria commute into Arlington or Washington D.C., the city can feel a little empty during the week. That soon changes after work and at the weekend as areas come alive.
Neighborhoods in Alexandria include Old Town, Eisenhower Valley, Rosemont, The Berg, Parker-Gray, Del Ray, Arlandria, West End, North Ridge and Potomac Yard.
Highlights of Alexandria include the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Lee-Fendall House, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Christ Church Alexandria, Carlyle House, Captains Row and Gentry Row.
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