Alexandria, one of the largest cities in Louisiana, is located in the center of the state and has served as an important geographic, social, cultural and economic hub since its incorporation in 1819. Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and big-city amenities all at once — should look no further than Alexandria.
Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and walking venues. Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while savvy architects and builders have also attached themselves to homes in Alexandria’s newest and most talked-about neighborhoods.
Major businesses, including Procter&Gamble and Union Tank Car now call Alexandria home, providing well-paid employment to many area residents. The city is also home to invaluable military operations, the income-producing Port of Alexandria, the Alexandria International Airport, one of the state’s most important film and televisions production locations, and is a destination for fine dining and great shopping.
Top-rated schools have also made Alexandria one of the most important geographic zones in the entire state. Those looking for a new home or business in Alexandria will find a family-friendly and affordable place to live. It’s a city that combines Southern charm with business acumen — attributes that have helped thrust the city into the spotlight as one of the best places to live in Louisiana and the Gulf South.
Alexandria on the Map
Alexandria stretches about 27 square miles in directions dictated by the bends in the Red River on its north and east, Louisiana Highway 28 to its west and the MacArthur Drive area to the south.
Map of Alexandria, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
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How to get to and from Alexandria, LA
Alexandria, located almost exactly in the center of the state, is easily accessible, thanks to the convenient proximity of I-49 and Louisiana Highways 1, 71, 165 and 167. Major roads, mostly free of congestion, take residents from one part of town to another with relative ease.
The city is also about two hours from Shreveport on the north and Baton Rouge to the south. New Orleans is three hours to the south, Natchitoches is less than an hour west, and a 90-minute drive across the Mississippi River leads to Natchez, Miss.
Alexandria International Airport, which dedicated a new passenger terminal in 2006, offers dozens of daily flights throughout the region and also serves destinations around the world. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the Alexandria area.
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Alexandria is home to unlimited cultural and sports activities and a constantly expanding calendar of annual entertainment events. Among the most popular attractions include the 33-acre Alexandria Zoological Park (nearly 500 animals and a habitat center detailing the geographic and topographical attributes of the region), the Alexandria Museum of Art (hundreds of prominent artworks displayed in permanent, rotating and traveling exhibitions), the Kent Plantation House (one of the oldest standing structures in the state, built before the Louisiana Purchase, providing a glimpse into an earlier era of Alexandria’s cultural and architectural past) and the Arna Bontemps African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center (the first such museum in the state, housed in the restored childhood home of its namesake, a leading authority of the Harlem Renaissance).
Alexandria residents also enjoy an impressive choice of world-class golf courses, plus tennis courts, soccer fields and neighborhood parks dotted throughout every neighborhood. Also popular are the downtown performing arts venues, home to indoor and outdoor concerts and theatrical events, a riverside outdoor amphitheater for concerts, the Alexandria Levee Park overlooking the Red River, and special events at the always-busy Alexandria Riverfront Convention Center and the Rapides Parish Sports and Convention Center.
Also nearby are the Kisatchie National Forest (timberland, forests, lakes and recreational areas), the Indian Creek Lake and Recreation Area (100 campsites, picnic areas and pavilions) and the 1,775-acre man-made Cotile Lake Recreation Area.
Mardi Gras is also celebrated annually on the streets of Alexandria (in a more family-friendly way than the bawdy celebration in New Orleans). The annual Labor Day “Cenlabration” (for Central-Louisiana Celebration) includes several stages of live music, plus arts and crafts displays and children’s activities.
Alexandria prides itself on being a metropolitan city that continues to embrace its love of the land. It’s a city that proudly holds on to its original characteristics as a safe and scenic hometown that residents have cherished for centuries.
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- Population: 50,000 - Rapides and Grant parishes total nearly 154,000 residents.
- Schools: There are 150 public, private and parochial schools in the Alexandria metropolitan area, as well as more than 50 pre-schools and the regional campus of Louisiana State University at Alexandria.
- Healthcare: Two full-service hospitals (Rapides Regional and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital) are located in Alexandria, and several other hospitals and major medical centers serve the population (plus clinics, urgent care centers and medical complexes) in town and in nearby Pineville.
- Churches: Alexandria is home to more than 350 churches of every denomination.