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By the Numbers

This page aggregates current data and commentary about Alexandria, Virginia.

Old Town In Vogue . . .

On January 16, 2017, Vogue recommended that if its readers were planning to visit Washington, D.C. to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration, join the Women's March, or for another reason, they should consider staying in Old Town, because it "is way more than just a suburb of DC . . . it’s a vibrant destination in its own right.  Old Town is packed with colonial history that will give you a chance to learn about America’s heritage without having to shove your way past a million tourists wielding selfie sticks."

. . . And Looking Good

Travel+Leisure Magazine ranked Alexandria the 11th most attractive city in America in 2016.  But wait for it . . . T+L was not rating our lovely colonial architecture, picturesque brick façades and sidewalks, delightful waterfront parks, or awesome Potomac River views.  No, dear residents, T+L was gawking at us. 

Apparently, we work for nearby government agencies and nonprofits by day, and in our free time walk or bike in Old Town, freshen-up at the spa, and then head out to trendy boutiques and restaurants tucked into 18th- and 19th-century walk-ups along King Street.  And we are quite fair to look upon while we go about our brillliant lives.  T+L also found that the most attractive folks live in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the least attractive in Baltimore, Maryland.  The magazine got that right.

Alexandria Hotels

Here are a few factoids about Alexandria hotels:

  • 12 hotels, 2,090 rooms
  • Projected 73 percent average hotel occupancy rate in 12 months ending June 30, 2017
  • Hotel Indigo is the most recent hotel opened in May 2017
  • 2 hotels currently in the planning stage

Alexandria Roadways

In a letter to the editor published in the January 26, 2017 edition of the Alexandria Times, Yon Lambert, Director of Alexandria's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services since August 2014, offered the following factoids regarding the city's roadways:

  • The city maintains 560 lane-miles of roads, and it resurfaced 66 of them (12 percent) in 2016.
  • In 2016, his department found that 58 percent of the city's roadways were in fine condition, and his aim is to raise this to 71 percent, which is deemed "satisfactory."  Achieving this goal would cost $7 million each year for the next six years.
  • The city has increased funding for road paving by more than 250 percent over the last four years.
  • Patching can extend the life of roads, but all roads require resurfacing every 12-20 years.

Alexandria Transit

The Alexandria Transit Company operates the city's DASH bus system, which employs 185 full- and part-time workers to transport 4 million riders a year using a fleet of 85 buses that servce 10 routes across the city, including the King Street Trolley.  DASH is independent of the regional Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's integrated Metro rail and bus system.

In its FY 2017 Budget, the city allowed for $11 million in DASH subsidies, $1 million to fund the King Street Trolley, and $6.3 million towards Metro.

The DASH bus fare is $1.60 per trip.  Rides on the King Street Trolley are free.  Metro fares are based on time and distance of travel.

Tallest Alexandria Buildings

At 338 feet (103 meters) high, the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center is the tallest building in Alexandria and the 15th tallest building in Virginia.

At 333 feet (101 meters) high, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is the tallest building in Old Town and the 16th tallest building in Virginia.

 

 

Federal Funds Paid to Alexandria

In FY 2017, the City of Alexandria received $56.2 million in federal funds from the U.S. government.  That's $366 per resident, or $1 per day.

US Census Data

The following data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2016 Taxes

The following state and local data is compiled by the Tax Foundation -- an independent, non-profit, non-partisan tax research organization founded in 1937 to "improve lives through smarter tax policy" that is simple, neutral, transparent, stable, non-retroactive and based broadly on low rates.  The Watergate tax data is derived from information provided by the City of Alexandria.

 

2017 City Livability Survey

On April 25th, Alexandria released the results of its 2017 Resident Survey.  According to City Manager Mark Jinks, “The City uses this survey as an accountability tool to see where we are doing well and where improvements need to be made.”  Survey results are also used in budgeting, setting priorities, tracking progress on attaining strategic goals, and evaluating the delivery and effectiveness of municipal services.

The annual survey is part of The National Citizen Survey, which allows Alexandria to compare its local results against a national benchmark over time (see flagged items below and at left).  Here are the essential survey results.

The survey, which likely cost the city around $20,000 and was completed in December 2016, was sent to 3,000 randomly selected residents. The city received 689 responses, resulting in a yield or response rate of 17%, which is not bad for a non-incentivized public survey.   The survey’s margin of error is +/- 4%.

Top 5 Issues for Alexandrians (Descending Order)

1.  Cost of living*
2 . Affordable quality housing*
3.  Public parking*
4.  Traffic
5.  Schools and child care*

* Level of concern exceeds national benchmark

 

2017 Real Property Valuations

On February 14, 2017, city officials released assessments of the fair market value of all real property in Alexandria as of January 1, 2017.  In releasing this year's assessments, city manager Mark Jinks noted that residential property values across the city increased less than one percent (see chart, bottom-left), the lowest overall increase in two decades.  Regarding condominium valuations in Old Town North, what Watergate homeowners should care about most, the year-over-year increase is 2.86 percent.  While most homes in the city (52.2 percent) are still valued under $500,000, this percentage continues to drop each year as Alexandria, particularly Old Town, becomes a much more expensive place to live.

 

Top Travel Destinations

Travel website TripAdvisor, based in Needham, Massachusetts, just released its Travelers' Choice annual list of top world travel destinations (see chart at near right) as "chosen by millions of travelers."  The Washington, D.C. metro area is ranked 12th on the U.S. list.  New York City tops the domesitc list and Bali, Indonesia tops the international list.  How many of these crave-worthy vacation spots have you visited?

 

The One Percent Club

Business cable channel CNBC, headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, recently calculated the amount (see chart at far right) that you would need to earn each year to join the ranks of the top one percent of all income earners in the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas (Dallas and Forth Worth, America's 9th and 16th largest cities, respectively, are part of the same metro area and have been combined).  The D.C. region, which includes Alexandria, is the 6th most expensive city to join the one percent club, requiring annual earnings of $575,237.  Are you in?

 

 

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