Alexandria has the 133rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 9.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Alexandria is part of the Washington DC metro area. Unemployment in the Washington DC area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Washington DC has the 6th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Alexandria is above average at $66,790, and the median cost of a home in Alexandria is $494,400, which is above the national average. 61% of workers in Alexandria hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 91% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Alexandria. 84% of Alexandria workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Alexandria spend an average of 30 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.