The business sector in Alexandria is large and in charge, especially since Alexandria is part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and located eight miles southwest of D.C. In fact, more than 50,000 Alexandrians commute to D.C. and surrounding areas, which is a little more than 40 percent of the population.
Alexandria is a center of growing high-technology firms, management consulting companies, professional services, and trade and professional association headquarters, and the city offers the Alexandria Small Business Development Center to assist small businesses. Here’s a quick overview on business in Alexandria:
The three largest employers in Alexandria are all government related. The U.S. Department of Commerce, Alexandria City Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Defense each have more than 5,000 employees, while other major employers include Inova Alexandria Hospital, ABM Janitorial Services, Institute for Defense Analyses, and the Department of the Army Non-Appropriated Funds.
Getting Around the Area
Alexandria is conveniently located along I-495, or the Capital Beltway, while I-395 on the western side of the city provides a direct route to D.C. Other major routes like U.S. Highway 1 and State Route 236 are also located here. Alexandrians have access to the Virginia Railway Express, or VRE, as well as the Alexandria Union Station, an Amtrak and VRE station. The local bus system DASH along with DC’s Metrobus blue and yellow lines offer commuter options.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is only nine miles from Alexandria and serves more than 850 flights. Dulles International Airport is 35 miles from Alexandria and has 22 carriers that fly to 43 international destinations including London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Moscow and others.