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Statistics & Demographics

What's New

  • March 5, 2012. Alexandria 2010 Census Data Profile. A profile of the city in 2010 prepared by city staff based on a variety of U.S. Census sources is now available for on-line viewing or downloading. Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-year average data by census tract, and the 2010 American Community Survey, the report includes comparisons to the City in 2000 and earlier, to surrounding areas including the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and to the U.S as a whole. Data on population and race dating from the first U.S. Census in 1790 is included. The report outlines the important and continuing influence of the postwar baby boom on growth and change in the U.S. and the city. Recent changes in race and ethnicity within the city are mapped. The report also includes data on income, education, housing tenancy, ancestry, commuting, disability, foreign-born population, geographic mobility, and many other characteristics that help define the Alexandria of today.

  • December 8, 2011. American Community Survey 2006-2010 5-year Average data has been released by the Census Bureau. The 5-year average data includes data to the block group level and information on a wide variety of topics such as income, employment, commuting, years at current residence and others not covered in the 2010 decennial census. Summary tables for the City of Alexandria are linked at the American Community Survey link above.

Alexandria Official Census Population Estimate 139,966 as of April 1, 2010.

The most recent official Census Bureau estimate of the population of the City of Alexandria is 139,966 as of April 1, 2010, from the 2010 Census complete count. This count was published on February 3, 2011. Historic Census data and forecasts of future population, households and employment are included in the City's most recent Statistical Profile, linked below.

Previous estimates published by the Census Bureau indicated a population as high as 150,006 in 2009. The new count does not indicate a decline since 2009, but is an indication that the 2009 estimate was more than the City's actual population at that time. Intercensal estimates are based on secondary data and a small sample of the population, and in general cannot be as accurate as the complete Census counts. The City still needs to verify that the 2010 Census count is accurate based on City information on housing construction, occupancy and other factors. 

U.S. Census 2010

The Decennial Census includes the most complete survey of the population, attempting to reach everyhousehold. This data is based on eight questions only, and includes only a very few data items: age and sex, race and ethnicity, household structure and housing tenancy. Iterations of Census 2010 data by race and ethnicity will be released state-by-state through April, 2012. For tables, maps and links, click on Census 2010 at the top of the page.

American Community Survey Data for Alexandria

Latest and most varied data comes from the American Community Survey. The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census that provides economic, social and demographic estimates of characteristics at the citywide level each year. Three-year and five-year averages of this data are also reported. Five-year averages are reported to the Census Tract and Block Group level, and are intended to replace the census "long form" that was completed by a sample of households in the 2000 and prior decennial censuses. Tables and maps based on the American Community Survey data releases are available at the American Community Survey tab at the top of the page. 

Local and Regional Economic and Development Statistics

Alexandria Statistical Profile

The City's annual statistical profile provides a wide range of information about the City of Alexandria's people and economic activity.

Development Activity

The Department of Planning and Zoning will resume publishing development activity summaries annually early in 2012 with publication of summaries for 2009 and 2010.


  • US Census Bureau American Factfinder home page for Census 2010
    The 2010 Census includes the most recent information for the City based on a complete count of all households in the City. This data is available citywide as well as by geographic subareas smaller than the City as a whole, including blocks, block groups, and census tracts.
  • US Census Bureau Census 2000 home page
    The 2000 Census provides the previous data based on a complete count of all households in the City. This data is available citywide as well as by geographic subareas smaller than the City as a whole, including blocks, block groups, and census tracts.
  • City Census 2000 data maps for viewing or downloading (link to page wtih PDF file links).
  • US Census Bureau American Community Survey home page
    The American Community Survey annual statistics are citywide, and are based on surveys of a very small sample of the population each year.


For further information or assistance with U.S. Census Data for Alexandria, please contact Pat Mann, Urban Planner, at 703.746.3857