According to the 2010 census.
For example, the census estimated Alexandria had added 4,300 residents to the 140,000 people counted in the 2010 Census, up more than 3 percent. Between 2000 and 2010, the city grew 9 percent.
City officials, however, said Alexandria has grown at roughly the same pace as it has for decades, a solid and steady 1 percent a year. Alexandria has added 200 housing units in each of the past three years, said Karl Moritz, the city’s deputy planning director. That represents a gain of 400 new residents annually.
Moritz said census estimates have proved overly optimistic in the past. Just three years ago, the census pegged Alexandria’s population at 150,000 — 10,000 more than were counted a year later in the 2010 Census. Moritz called it an “oops” moment.
“There’s nothing unusual in the housing and vital statistics,” he said after reviewing birth and death records. “There’s nothing we can see to suggest we’ve had an acceleration of growth in the past 15 months.”
The estimates might just have been premature in a city where cranes are again visible on the skyline. Seven housing projects are planned or under construction in the city, which is set to add almost 3,300 housing units in the next few years.
Alexandria has recovered faster from the recession than anywhere else in the region, said Stephanie Landrum, vice president of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. Its housing prices are again at pre-crash levels, she said.
“People are wanting to live closer in as traffic becomes more challenging,” she said.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce gets 12 to 15 new members every month, compared with a national average of two or three, said Jay Palermino, the group’s director of membership.
“They see they’re stepping into an environment that is thriving and expected to grow,” he said.
If some people choose to live in Alexandria, others are chosen by their jobs.
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