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Alexandria – the best small city in Northern Virginia – has snug, walkable neighborhoods, a viable historic district, numerous locally owned businesses and restaurants and a rich history that dates to 1654.

At the same time Alexandrians have easy access to public transportation (the Metro); three international airports; museums, theaters, botanical gardens, five major universities and, of course, living history here and just across the Potomac in our nation’s capital. Skiing and surfing are both less than three hours away and if you feel the need for a New York weekend, the train will have you there in four hours.

The home of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Alexandria is today ranked as the 7th most educated jurisdiction in the nation with 54.3% of residents holding a college degree. It has been named as one of the best places in America to live by Money magazine; Ladies Home Journal ranked it the best city in the U.S. for women and Inc. magazine called it one of nation’s premier places to operate a business.

With close proximity to Capitol Hill and K Street lobbying firms, Alexandria is home to more than 300 trade association headquarters, ranking only behind New York, Chicago and the District of Columbia. We are also home to the Public Broadcasting Service, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District and a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. One of the newest arrivals in Alexandria is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which employs over 7,000 people and is part of the new landscape in the Carlye neighborhood to the west of the King Street Metro.

The City of Alexandria encompasses 15.75 square miles but neighboring communities to the south of the city, although technically part of Fairfax County, are still identified as “Alexandria.”

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