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Notes: Alexandria’s population increasing but still hasn’t recovered from Covid decline

Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Expect mostly sunny skies and a high of around 53 degrees, with a northeast wind of 6 to 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Rain will arrive on Friday night, primarily after 11pm, accompanied by patchy fog developing after 2am. Nighttime lows will be around 46 degrees, with a southeast wind of 7 to 10 mph. There is a 100% chance of precipitation, with anticipated rainfall between half an inch to three quarters of an inch.

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As seen around Old Town Alexandria and Waterfront Park (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The City of Alexandria’s population dipped during the Covid pandemic, and Patch reported earlier this week that the city hasn’t quite recovered to its pre-Covid population count.

Between 2020 and 2023, Alexandria’s population has cumulatively declined by a total of 4,234 people according to U.S. census data. Over the last year, the city’s seen some population growth — increasing by 185.

The city’s population was 159,139 before the pandemic. In 2023, it’s 155,230 — up from 155,045 last year.

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