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Alexandria, Virginia Education and City Information

Alexandria, Virginia, is about ten miles from Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River. The city has one nonprofit postsecondary school, but students have numerous educational options within a short commute.

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Information About Alexandria, Virginia

The estimated population of Alexandria as of 2014 was 150,575, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Nearly 61 percent of Alexandria residents identified themselves as white alone during the 2010 census, compared to almost 22 percent who identified as black or African American alone and more than 16 percent who identified as Hispanic or Latino. The city's population is well-educated, with nearly 62 percent of residents age 25 or older holding a bachelor's degree or higher during the period 2010-2014. This compared to a statewide percentage of nearly 36%.

Alexandria is divided into a number of neighborhoods, including Old Town, a popular destination for residents and tourists alike thank to its abundance of restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. Old Town also features Market Square and numerous historic townhouses, while entertainment is available on riverboat cruises and from street entertainers.

Education Opportunities In and Around Alexandria

CET - Alexandria, a private school that offers training programs in building maintenance, HVAC and medical assistance, is the only nonprofit postsecondary school in Alexandria. Less than 200 students, 89% of them men, were enrolled at the school as of Fall 2014.

Within a 15-mile radius of Alexandria, students will find dozens of nonprofit colleges and universities, including schools such as Marymount University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University and George Mason University. While most institutions in the area are 4-year schools, Northern Virginia Community College is less than five miles from Alexandria.

Alexandria Economy and Employers

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, as of 2015, Alexandria's top employers were the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Defense, the City of Alexandria, Alexandria City Public Schools, and Inova Health System. As of 2015, about 22,600 people were employed in government, 18,160 in professional, scientific and technical services, and 10,470 in other services, excluding public administration, in Alexandria as of 2015.

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