Alexandria, LA

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Population

154,385

0.233% decline

Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$42,275

1.05% growth

Poverty Rate

19.6%


Number of Employees

60,665

0.127% decline

Median Property Value

$128,700

4.38% growth

About

In 2017, Alexandria, LA had a population of 154k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $42,275. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Alexandria, LA declined from 154,745 to 154,385, a -0.233% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,836 to $42,275, a 1.05% increase.

The population of Alexandria, LA is 63.6% White Alone, 29.5% Black or African American Alone, and 3.27% Hispanic or Latino. 5.89% of the people in Alexandria, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Alexandria, LA are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (1,118 degrees awarded in 2016), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (312 degrees), and Blue Cliff College-Alexandria (242 degrees).

The median property value in Alexandria, LA is $128,700, and the homeownership rate is 62%. Most people in Alexandria, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Alexandria, LA is 2 cars per household.

Alexandria, LA borders Fort Polk South, LA and Natchitoches, LA.

Economy

The economy of Alexandria, LA employs 60.7k people. The largest industries in Alexandria, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,551 people), Retail Trade (6,696 people), and Educational Services (5,189 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,833), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($55,608), and Utilities ($51,643).

Median household income in Alexandria, LA is $42,275. Males in Alexandria, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Alexandria, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,275

2017 value

± $1,374

1.05%

1 Year Growth

± 4.45%

Households in Alexandria, LA have a median annual income of $42,275, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,836 in 2016, which represents a 1.05% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alexandria, LA made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Alexandria, LA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alexandria, LA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Alexandria, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alexandria, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $70,561, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $67,396 and $60,471.

The following map shows all of the counties in Alexandria, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alexandria, LA (28.9k out of 147k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    14,205 ± 852

  2. White

    13,029 ± 887

  3. Hispanic

    957 ± 212

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Alexandria, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

60.7k

2017 Value

± 1,867

-0.127%

1 Year decline

± 4.29%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alexandria, LA declined at a rate of -0.127%, from 60.7k employees to 60.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alexandria, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,648 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,262 people), and Management Occupations (5,206 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Alexandria, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Alexandria, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,648 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,262 people), and Management Occupations (5,206 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Alexandria, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.83 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.87 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alexandria, LA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($69,974), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,216), and Legal Occupations ($60,684).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

60.7k

2017 Value

± 1,867

-0.127%

1 Year decline

± 4.29%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alexandria, LA declined at a rate of -0.127%, from 60.7k employees to 60.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alexandria, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,551 people), Retail Trade (6,696 people), and Educational Services (5,189 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Alexandria, LA, though some of these residents may live in Alexandria, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Alexandria, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,551 people), Retail Trade (6,696 people), and Educational Services (5,189 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Alexandria, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.77 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.84 times), and Public Administration (1.71 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alexandria, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,833), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($55,608), and Utilities ($51,643).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $69.1B and Basic chemicals and $38B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.1% of the population of Alexandria, LA has health coverage, with 39.3% on employee plans, 22.8% on Medicaid, 9.64% on Medicare, 14% on non-group plans, and 2.39% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Alexandria, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Alexandria, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.9%

Uninsured

39.3%

Employer Coverage

22.8%

Medicaid

9.64%

Medicare

14%

Non-Group

2.39%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alexandria, LA declined by 11.4% from 13.5% to 11.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Alexandria, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Alexandria, LA is home to a population of 154k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.05% of Alexandria, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Alexandria, LA is composed of 98.2k White Alone residents (63.6%), 45.5k Black or African American Alone residents (29.5%), 5.04k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.27%), 2.38k Two or More Races residents (1.54%), 2.11k Asian Alone residents (1.37%), 1.03k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.667%), 102 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0661%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00453%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Alexandria, LA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,023 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (1,602 speakers), and Arabic (744 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Alexandria, LA was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Alexandria, LA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Alexandria, LA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.05%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.98%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.05% of Alexandria, LA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Alexandria, LA was 2.98%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alexandria, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Alexandria, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Alexandria, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Alexandria, LA was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    98.2k ± 68

  2. Black or African American Alone

    45.5k ± 324

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5.04k ± 401

In 2017, there were 2.16 times more White Alone residents (98.2k people) in Alexandria, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45.5k Black or African American Alone and 5.04k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Alexandria, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,023 speakers (2.79%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    1,602 speakers (1.11%)

  3. Arabic

    744 speakers (0.516%)

5.89% of Alexandria, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Alexandria, LA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.79% of the overall population of Alexandria, LA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.11% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.516% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,882 ± 417

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,032 ± 359

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,734 ± 248

Alexandria, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.91 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Alexandria, LA awarded 2,089 degrees. The student population of Alexandria, LA is skewed towards women, with 2,878 male students and 4,003 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Alexandria, LA are White (1,157 and 55.6%), followed by Black or African American (717 and 34.5%), Unknown (75 and 3.6%), and Hispanic or Latino (70 and 3.36%).

The largest universities in Alexandria, LA by number of degrees awarded are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (1,118 and 53.5%), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (312 and 14.9%), and Blue Cliff College-Alexandria (242 and 11.6%).

The most popular majors in Alexandria, LA are Welding Technology (322 and 15.4%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (231 and 11.1%), and Medical Assistant (199 and 9.53%).

The median tuition costs in Alexandria, LA are $13,800 for private four year colleges, and $4,984 and $4,984 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 113 degrees awarded

  2. 302 degrees awarded

  3. 120 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Alexandria, LA was Medical Assistant with 113 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Alexandria, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,118 degrees awarded

  2. 312 degrees awarded

  3. 242 degrees awarded

$4,984

Median In-State Public

$13,800

Median Private

In 2016, the Alexandria, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Louisiana Technical Community College with 1,118 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

873

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,216

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 873 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Alexandria, LA, which is 0.718 times less than the 1,216 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Alexandria, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,157 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    717 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    75 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Alexandria, LA were to White students. These 1,157 degrees mean that there were 1.61 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 717 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alexandria, LA was $128,700 in 2017, which is 0.591 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $123,300 to $128,700, a 4.38% increase. The homeownership rate in Alexandria, LA is 62%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Alexandria, LA have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Alexandria, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$42,275

Median Household Income

± $1,374

55.3k

Number of Households

± 1,715

In 2017, the median household income of the 55.3k households in Alexandria, LA grew to $42,275 from the previous year's value of $41,836.

The following chart displays the households in Alexandria, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$128,700

2017 Median

± $4,161

$123,300

2016 Median

± $3,727

In 2017, the median property value in Alexandria, LA grew to to $128,700 from the previous year's value of $123,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Alexandria, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alexandria, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Alexandria, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alexandria, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

62%

2017 Homeownership

63.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62% of the housing units in Alexandria, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Alexandria, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Alexandria, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Alexandria, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alexandria, LA have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.73% of the workforce in Alexandria, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.8%

  2. Carpooled

    10.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.26%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Alexandria, LA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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