Workforce, Economy, and Economic Development

Information on the city's people and economic activity.

Page updated on Jul 20, 2018 at 3:09 PM


Alexandria Employment by Sector, 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau publishes County Business Patterns data each year reporting on employment by sector to the county level. The Employment by Sector graph linked here shows employment in Alexandria by major economic sector since 2003. County Business Patterns employment data excludes government and agricultural employment. Government employment is important in Alexandria, and has increased substantially in the City since 2003 with the opening of the Patent and Trademark Office in 2007 and the Mark Center Department of Defense offices in 2012-13. The graph shows that employment in all sectors other than government has recovered to approximately 2003 levels after the recession. Including government employment, total employment in the city was probably greater than 100,000 jobs in 2013.

Journey to Work 2014

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American Community Survey 2006-2010 5-year Average Data for Alexandria was released in December 2011. Total population numbers in these reports are out of date and based on a 5-year period in which population was changing. These reports are most useful as an estimate of the percentage of the City's population with each characteristic. Data related to Alexandria's workforce, industries, and economy can be found in the Economic Profile below. Additional workforce and economic data is available in the Alexandria 2010 Census Data Profile released March 2012.

The Finance Department's has generated an Online Finance Reports containing the latest statistics on economic conditions in Alexandria and the region.

Median Income 2014

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 Poverty by Age 2014 

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Economic Development

The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership leads efforts to grow the tax base, diversify the economy and attract and retain businesses and organizations in Alexandria,Virginia. Founded in 1992, the Partnership joins its collaborators in defining and marketing Alexandria as a creative, diverse, knowledge-based community with a high quality of life. For information about economic development activities, markets and sub-markets, and/or doing business in Alexandria, visit the AEDP website.


Contact Sierra Latham, Urban Planner, 703.746.3832.