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  • February 19, 2015. Diversity. Alexandria's Racial and Ethnic Groups and Foreign-Born Population. This brief report outlines and compares some key characteristics of the Black or African American, Hispanic, Asian and Non-Hispanic White populations in Alexandria, based on the 2010 Census and the most recent annual and 5-year average American Community Survey data on age, income, educational attainment, household structure and other characteristics. The distribution of the Black or African American population in the city is compared to 1960 and 1980 distributions, and the distribution of the Hispanic population is compared to 1990 and 2000. The foreign-born population of the city, which was 3% in 1960, had grown to almost 30% of the total population in 2013, according to the American Community Survey one-year estimate. This was a substantial increase from the estimated 24% in the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-year average. The proportion of foreign-born varies greatly among the city's principal racial and ethnic groups. The largest share of current foreign-born residents who entered the U.S. before 2000 were from Latin America; the largest share of those who entered from 2000 to 2009 were from Africa; and the largest share of those entering in 2010 and later were from Asia. The overall racial and ethnic diversity of the city's population has increased substantially since 1960, to the point that native-born, non-Hispanic white residents are today less than half the city's total population. The various racial and ethnic groups in the city are today much more widely distributed throughout the city than they were in 1960. Some additional graphs not included in the report are included in this presentation made to the City Council on February 24, 2015.
  • October 10, 2014. Alexandria - City of Millennials? This memo prepared by city staff reports on a study released by RealtyTrac that shows Alexandria and Arlington as the U.S. jurisdictions with the greatest percentage growth in Millennials from 2007 to 2013. With more than four 30-year-olds for every 20-year-old in the city, Alexandria definitely deserves its share of the Millennial championship. And beginning in 2022, we'll transition to the Generation Z champs instead, (though the city's baby-boomer demographer isn't likely to be here to take credit for his prediction).
  • October 2, 2014. American Community Survey 2013 Narrative Summary. This brief newsletter prepared by city staff reports highlights from the 2013 annual data, released by the Census Bureau on September 18, 2014. The data shows an increase in the share of Alexandria’s households that are families with children, and a continuing trend to increasing ethnic and racial diversity. The senior share of the population continues to decline, but that trend is expected to reverse soon as more and more baby boomers pass the 65-year mark.
  • March 9, 2013. County-to-county commuter flows. These graphs show the percent of commuters into and out of Alexandria from the top 25 county origins and destinations based on the American Community Survey 2006-2010 average, and compare these flows to those from the same jurisdictions in 2000. There were some subtle but no significant changes among the major origins and destinations over this relatively short period.

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Demographics

Understand the diverse mix of residents who live in Alexandria. The following contain population related data and resources related to age, sex, race and ethnicity, languages, national origins, and education of the city.  Get information about the Amercian Community Survey.

 

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Current Population Estimates
Between these decennial census counts, the Census Bureau and the City attempt to estimate the current population of the city on a regular basis. However, these estimates are based on small sample counts and other information sources such as births, deaths and migration that have a much larger margin of error than the decennial census. Thus these estimates should be considered best estimates based on available information, and may be subject to substantial revision at the time of the next decennial census.
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Housing, Households, & Families

Access information related to the housing stock, housing trends and studies, and related information for families and households.

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Workforce, Economy, & Economic Development

Understand the state of the local economy through a variety of resources related to jobs, employment statistics, industry, commuting patterns, transportation and economic development activities.

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Development & Forecasts

Access a variety of development summary reports, population, housing and employment history and forecasts citywide, by planning area, and by reporting areas.

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Maps and Data

Access a list of Alexandria’s 5-year American Community Survey Maps and 10-year Census Maps. The maps show the demographic structure of the City at the census tract, block group or block level, at a finer resolution than the citywide tables. Data in the complete census is limited to the few questions on race, age, housing occupancy and household structure that were asked of all households in the complete census. For tables and maps showing data on income and poverty, commuting, health insurance, geographic mobility and many other characteristics, refer to the American Community Survey maps and data.

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Census Data & Related Links

Explore a variety of resources and information related to statistical and demographic related data.

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