A+ Alexandria Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Alexandria Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Louisiana
8911% less expensive than the US average
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Alexandria cost of living
F Alexandria Crime Total crime is 159% higher than Louisiana
Total crime
9,861282% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11282% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Alexandria crime
F Alexandria Employment Household income is 21% lower than Louisiana
Median household income
$35,93135% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,06923% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%36% higher than the US average
Alexandria employment
D- Alexandria Housing Home value is 9% lower than Louisiana
Median home value
$134,70027% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$77518% lower than the US average
Home ownership
52%19% lower than the US average
Alexandria real estate or Alexandria rentals
C Alexandria Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Louisiana
High school grad. rates
77%7% lower than the US average
School test scores
53%9% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Alexandria K-12 schools or Alexandria colleges

Living in Alexandria, LA

Alexandria, Louisiana is a mid-sized city with a population of 48,044 residents. Alexandria is mostly populated by White (38%) and Black or African American (57%) ethnic groups. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Alexandria is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 18 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Alexandria, Louisiana could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Alexandria, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment and more.

With a livability score of 66 out of 100, Alexandria is ranked #15,667 in the United States and #282 in Louisiana. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Alexandria scores well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and weather (B). Alexandria does not fare well for the following: crime (F), employment (F) and housing (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Alexandria, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Alexandria Zoological Park, Kent Plantation House, and T.R.E.E. House.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Alexandria. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Alexandria are affordable. Median real estate prices in Alexandria come in at $134,700, which is 9.2% lower than the Louisiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Alexandria, the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 15.2% higher than the Louisiana average.

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      Alexandria's potential untapped

      Alexandria seems to have most ingredients that would make a city great- but it has yet to realize its potential, as is shown in the stagnant population since 1980. Reasons for this may include a rather isolated location within the state, and a lack of major employers other than the same ones they'be had for decades. Recreation opportunities are limitless here, it is 2 hours from virtually anywhere you choose in this state, there is very little traffic (although some of the road systems/conditions are archaic), plenty of restaurants to choose from. The area is also quite beautiful- with bayou, swamps, rolling pine covered hills- a total variety of landscapes, in my opinion the most scenic of all Louisiana cities. Really not much night life here, other than at said restaurant bars. The crime rate is way over the US average, but most of it is confined to a few certain neighborhoods- so you really don't notice it. I personally haven't been a victim of any crime in 5 years here. Probably not the kid-friendliest place, as the area lacks a water park as well as a skating park. Also not good for single people- most here are married, or they grow up here and move elsewhere. Also a very locals feel to the place- if you're from outside the area, don't expect to make friends very quickly. I'd recommend Alexandria to a person who is married or attached, has a job offer or established career/trade- especially in health care, law, or the timber industry. Otherwise if you're single and moving here with no employment offer or plan- good luck, it will likely be a jungle out there!
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      My Experience Living In Alexandria, LA

      I lived in Alexandria for a few years before moving to Seattle. Alexandria is an incredible city with lots to do and so much to see. I moved to Alexandria, LA with a lot of hopes, dreams and intentions of making it a positive place to be. I found Alexandria fairly large considering the population is only about 50,000. The city is beautiful and rife with green space and parks. As far as entertainment and things to do are concerned: the Alexandria Zoological Park is a must see with lots of animals and great zookeepers.

      One of my favorite restaurants in Alexandria is El Reparo Mexican Restaurant on Macarthur Dr. The food is always declious and is prepared in a way that would even make Mexicans proud. It is also very affordable and the portions are huge. They've done some remodeling over the last couple years, which looks great! Robbie G's Restaurants is also worth visiting. They serve fresh seafood, there is a variety of options on the menu and everything is tasty. The beer is always ice cold and the peanuts keep you thirsty. Just toss the shells on the floor, I do!
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      Source: The Alexandria, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).