Welcome to Alexandria, a great place to visit, live and work. With more than 250 years of history and hospitality to its credit, this hometown of George Washington still retains much of the character and charm from its days as a bustling port city. In addition, Alexandria is ranked as one of the top "Big Cities for Doing Business" in the U.S. and is ranked among the nation's "Best Cities for Women" by Ladies Home Journal Magazine. The Magazine ranked Alexandria as the best city in the nation for Child Care and first in Education, highlighting the wealth of opportunities and services available in this city. Alexandria boasts citizens who are noted for their participation in local government and their strong sense of community. The National League of Cities recently cited Alexandria as one of only six cities in the nation to receive the coveted "Innovation Award for Outstanding Community Building." Whether you live, work or visit here, you will love Alexandria.
Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia, right across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The city encompasses 15.75 square miles at an average elevation of 30 feet above sea level. Alexandria, which is almost 50 years older than the City of Washington, is one of America's most historic communities. It has many authentic eighteenth-century buildings, and the charm of the "Old and Historic District" is carefully preserved by strict architectural and demolition control. Alexandria began its historic preservation and urban renewal projects in the 1960s, achieved through the cooperation of citizen activists and local government.
The Torpedo Factory was built during World War I and was again used in World War II as a United States munitions factory. Before its renovation in the late 1970s and early 1980s, its ten heavy industrial buildings dominated Alexandria's waterfront. Today, it is an award-winning example of adaptive reuse and the centerpiece of a lively waterfront with a marina, shops, public parks and walkways, restaurants, residences, and offices. Since 1988, Alexandria has experienced unprecedented commercial development. Today the Old Town historic district is known for its array of museums, architecture, special events, fine restaurants and hotels, and other attractions that draw more than 1.5 million international and domestic visitors to it each year. More than 2 million square feet of new office complexes have been constructed. With this development, the City has become a mecca for divisional, regional, national, and multinational headquarters for operations ranging from research and development to technology, associations, and professional services.