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DOT Drug Testing Locations Alexandria, VA

Our Local DOT Drug testing facilities in Alexandria, VA and the surrounding areas provide DOT Drug Testing, DOT Alcohol Testing, DOT Physicals, Consortium enrollment and other DOT services for Employers, Single operators and all DOT modes who are required to comply with 49 CFR Part 40 in Alexandria, VA including FMCSA, FTA, FAA, USCG, FRA and PHMSA . Testing centers are within minutes of your home or office and same day service is available in most cases.

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How to schedule a DOT drug test in Alexandria, VA

To schedule any type of DOT drug test or alcohol test in Alexandria, VA call our local scheduling department at (800) 221-4291. You may also schedule your DOT drug test online utilizing our express scheduling registration system by selecting your test and completing the Donor Information/Registration Section. You must register for the test prior to proceeding to the testing center.

The zip code you enter will be used to determine the closest DOT drug or DOT alcohol testing center which performs the type of test you have selected. A donor pass/registration form with the local testing center address, hours of operation and instructions will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. Take this form with you or have it available on your smart phone to provide to the testing center. No appointment is necessary in most cases. However, you must complete the donor information section and pay for the test at the time of registration.

Our laboratories are SAMHSA certified and all test results are verified by our in-house licensed physicians who serve as Medical Review Officers (MRO).

In addition to providing DOT drug testing and DOT breath alcohol testing in Alexandria, VA , Accredited Drug Testing also has additional testing centers throughout the metropolitan area and surrounding cities.

On the road or on vacation, no worries, Accredited Drug Testing has over 20,000 testing centers in all cities Nationwide and we can schedule your test, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

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What are the DOT drug testing requirements?

In 1991, the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act created the following DOT Agencies which established drug and alcohol testing regulations to ensure that aircraft, trains, trucks, and buses were operated in a safe and responsible manner. As an employer or individual operating in a “Safety Sensitive” position, it is important to understand how these regulations impact you.

49 CFR Part 40 (commonly known as “part 40”) explains:

Each DOT Agency and the USCG have specific regulations that cover:

FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amended its rule that would establish requirements for commercial driver’s license employers and individuals with regards to the drug and alcohol clearing house which will take affect on January 6, 2020.

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will allow employers, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, State Law Enforcement and individual CDL operators to access real time important information about a CDL Driver’s drug and alcohol program violations and the ultimate goal of this database is to enhance safety on our Nation’s public roadways.

For specific requirements, click the appropriate agency listed below in which you or your company is regulated by. Ask about our DOT Complete Compliance Package!

The Opioid Overdose Crisis

Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. This subsequently led to widespread diversion and misuse of these medications before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.3,4 Opioid overdose rates began to increase. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.1That same year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 652,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder (not mutually exclusive)

DOT Compliance Checklist in Alexandria, VA

DOT 49 CFR Part 40 Requirements for Safety Sensitive Employees.
(FMCSA-FAA-USCG-FRA-PHMSA-FTA)

* In addition, any company which employs 2 or more covered employees must have a written drug and alcohol policy and all supervisors must complete the DOT Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Training. (Click here to learn more about our online training programs)

If a DOT covered employee or company does not have a copy of the original pre-employment drug test with a negative result, then a new DOT pre-employment drug test must be conducted, and the result maintained on file.

The department of transportation (DOT) requires that all DOT regulated “safety sensitive” employees have on file a negative DOT pre-employment drug test result and be a member of a DOT approved random selection consortium. In addition, if a DOT regulated company has more than one “safety sensitive” employee, the employer must also have a written DOT drug and alcohol policy and an on-site supervisor must have completed supervisor training for reasonable suspicion of illegal drug use or impairment.

To be compliant with DOT regulations, a company’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program must have the following components. Failing to comply can result in significant fines and penalties.

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What is a DOT Drug Test in Alexandria, VA ?

On January 1, 2018 the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a new rule which altered the DOT 5 panel urine test. Employers and individuals should be aware that the current DOT drug test is still a urine drug test, collected by qualified collectors, analyzed at a SAMHSA certified laboratory and reviewed by a licensed Medical Review Officer. Below you will find a list of the drugs that are screened for in the DOT 5 panel urine drug test:

225 REINEKERS LN 0.7 miles

225 REINEKERS LN
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

6020 RICHMOND HWY STE 100 1.7 miles

6020 RICHMOND HWY STE 100
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22303
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

4527 DUKE ST 3.4 miles

4527 DUKE ST
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22304
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

4320 SEMINARY RD 3.4 miles

4320 SEMINARY RD
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22304
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

5130 DUKE ST STE 10 4.0 miles

5130 DUKE ST STE 10
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22304
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

7609 RICHMOND HWY STE B 4.2 miles

7609 RICHMOND HWY STE B
Alexandria, VA 22306
Categories: Alexandria VA

3263 COLUMBIA PIKE 4.6 miles

3263 COLUMBIA PIKE
ARLINGTON, VA 22204
Categories: ARLINGTON VA

8101 HINSON FARM RD STE 314 5.0 miles

8101 HINSON FARM RD STE 314
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22306
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

6144 EDSALL RD APT 303 5.0 miles

6144 EDSALL RD APT 303
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22304
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

5550 COLUMBIA PIKE APT 551 5.1 miles

5550 COLUMBIA PIKE APT 551
ARLINGTON, VA 22204
Categories: ARLINGTON VA

5606 HOLTON LN 5.5 miles

5606 HOLTON LN
TEMPLE HILLS, MD 20748
Categories: TEMPLE HILLS MD

6226 OLD FRANCONIA RD 5.9 miles

6226 OLD FRANCONIA RD
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22310
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

3301 WILSON BLVD 6.1 miles

3301 WILSON BLVD
ARLINGTON, VA 22201
Categories: ARLINGTON VA

5590 GENERAL WASHINGTON DR 6.5 miles

5590 GENERAL WASHINGTON DR
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22312
Categories: ALEXANDRIA VA

1005 N GLEBE RD STE 140 6.5 miles

1005 N GLEBE RD STE 140
ARLINGTON, VA 22201
Categories: ARLINGTON VA

815 CONNECTICUT AVE NW 6.6 miles

815 CONNECTICUT AVE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20006
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

6064 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church Medical Center 6.7 miles

6064 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church Medical Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
Categories: Falls Church VA

2029 K ST NW STE 301 6.8 miles

2029 K ST NW STE 301
WASHINGTON, DC 20006
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

1145 19TH ST NW STE 601 6.9 miles

1145 19TH ST NW STE 601
WASHINGTON, DC 20036
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

2440 M St NW Ste 414, 6.9 miles

2440 M St NW Ste 414,
Washington, DC 20037
Categories: Washington DC

1145 19th Street NW Suite 506 6.9 miles

1145 19th Street NW Suite 506
Washington, DC 20036
Categories: Washington DC

1140 19TH ST NW STE 700 6.9 miles

1140 19TH ST NW STE 700
WASHINGTON, DC 20036
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

6715 Little River Turnpike Ste 300 7.1 miles

6715 Little River Turnpike Ste 300
Annandale, VA 22003
Categories: Annandale VA

5501 BACKLICK RD 7.4 miles

5501 BACKLICK RD
SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151
Categories: SPRINGFIELD VA

6120 BRANDON AVE STE 105 7.4 miles

6120 BRANDON AVE STE 105
SPRINGFIELD, VA 22150
Categories: SPRINGFIELD VA

5510 ALMA LN STE 200 7.5 miles

5510 ALMA LN STE 200
SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151
Categories: SPRINGFIELD VA

911 U ST NW 7.8 miles

911 U ST NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20001
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

4121 MINNESOTA AVE NE 8.4 miles

4121 MINNESOTA AVE NE
WASHINGTON, DC 20019
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

7700 OLD BRANCH AVE E108 8.6 miles

7700 OLD BRANCH AVE E108
CLINTON, MD 20735
Categories: CLINTON MD

3422 GEORGIA AVE NW 8.9 miles

3422 GEORGIA AVE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20010
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

4355 FORESTVILLE RD APT 302 9.3 miles

4355 FORESTVILLE RD APT 302
FORESTVILLE, MD 20747
Categories: FORESTVILLE MD

920 W BROAD ST STE B 9.4 miles

920 W BROAD ST STE B
FALLS CHURCH, VA 22046
Categories: FALLS CHURCH VA

7839 ROLLING RD STE A 9.8 miles

7839 ROLLING RD STE A
SPRINGFIELD, VA 22153
Categories: SPRINGFIELD VA

920 VARNUM ST NE 9.9 miles

920 VARNUM ST NE
WASHINGTON, DC 20017
Categories: WASHINGTON DC

8316 ARLINGTON BLVD STE 206 10.7 miles

8316 ARLINGTON BLVD STE 206
FAIRFAX, VA 22031
Categories: FAIRFAX VA

8501 Arlington Blvd Ste 120, 11.1 miles

8501 Arlington Blvd Ste 120,
Fairfax, VA 22031
Categories: Fairfax VA

3020 Hamaker Court, B-110 11.1 miles

3020 Hamaker Court, B-110
Fairfax, VA 22031
Categories: Fairfax VA

9141 ALAKING CT STE 112 11.6 miles

9141 ALAKING CT STE 112
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD 20743
Categories: CAPITOL HEIGHTS MD

8700 CENTRAL AVE STE 204 11.9 miles

8700 CENTRAL AVE STE 204
LANDOVER, MD 20785
Categories: LANDOVER MD

1600A BRIGHTSEAT RD APT 301 12.2 miles

1600A BRIGHTSEAT RD APT 301
HYATTSVILLE, MD 20785
Categories: HYATTSVILLE MD

3059 MARSHALL HALL RD 12.3 miles

3059 MARSHALL HALL RD
BRYANS ROAD, MD 20616
Categories: BRYANS ROAD MD

1401 BLAIR MILL RD APT 1222 12.8 miles

1401 BLAIR MILL RD APT 1222
SILVER SPRING, MD 20910
Categories: SILVER SPRING MD

8121 GEORGIA AVE STE 208 12.9 miles

8121 GEORGIA AVE STE 208
SILVER SPRING, MD 20910
Categories: SILVER SPRING MD

8218 WISCONSIN AVE STE 208 13.2 miles

8218 WISCONSIN AVE STE 208
BETHESDA, MD 20814
Categories: BETHESDA MD

100 MAPLE AVE E 13.5 miles

100 MAPLE AVE E
VIENNA, VA 22180
Categories: VIENNA VA

2170 OLD WASHINGTON RD STE 111 13.8 miles

2170 OLD WASHINGTON RD STE 111
WALDORF, MD 20601
Categories: WALDORF MD

11435 ABBOTTSWOOD CT 14.2 miles

11435 ABBOTTSWOOD CT
UPPER MARLBORO, MD 20774
Categories: UPPER MARLBORO MD

11435 ABBOTTSWOOD CT 14.2 miles

11435 ABBOTTSWOOD CT
LARGO, MD 20774
Categories: LARGO MD

11947 WINGED FOOT CT 14.3 miles

11947 WINGED FOOT CT
WALDORF, MD 20602
Categories: WALDORF MD

216 Locust St 14.4 miles

216 Locust St
Occaquan, VA 22125
Categories: Occaquan VA

3510 HEIDI LN 14.5 miles

3510 HEIDI LN
SPRINGDALE, MD 20774
Categories: SPRINGDALE MD

10560 MAIN ST 14.5 miles

10560 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
Categories: FAIRFAX VA

9801 GEORGIA AVE STE 222 14.6 miles

9801 GEORGIA AVE STE 222
SILVER SPRING, MD 20902
Categories: SILVER SPRING MD

10721 MAIN ST STE 3100 14.8 miles

10721 MAIN ST STE 3100
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
Categories: FAIRFAX VA

10721 Main Street, Suite 1400 14.8 miles

10721 Main Street, Suite 1400
Fairfax, VA 22030
Categories: Fairfax VA

3500 OLD WASHINGTON RD STE 104 14.8 miles

3500 OLD WASHINGTON RD STE 104
WALDORF, MD 20602
Categories: WALDORF MD

3460 Old Washington Rd Ste 104, 14.8 miles

3460 Old Washington Rd Ste 104,
Waldorf, MD 20602
Categories: Waldorf MD

4451 PARLIAMENT PL STE G 15.1 miles

4451 PARLIAMENT PL STE G
LANHAM, MD 20706
Categories: LANHAM MD

6201 Greenbelt Rd, Suite M3 15.3 miles

6201 Greenbelt Rd, Suite M3
College Park, MD 20740
Categories: College Park MD

12555 CENTRAL AVE. STE A&F 15.4 miles

12555 CENTRAL AVE. STE A&F
CHINO, CA 91710
Categories: CHINO CA

Onsite Only 15.5 miles

Onsite Only
Largo, MD 20774
Categories: Largo MD

12070 OLD LINE CTR STE 201 15.6 miles

12070 OLD LINE CTR STE 201
WALDORF, MD 20602
Categories: WALDORF MD

7933 BELLE POINT DR 15.8 miles

7933 BELLE POINT DR
GREENBELT, MD 20770
Categories: GREENBELT MD

3070 HEATHCOTE RD 15.8 miles

3070 HEATHCOTE RD
WALDORF, MD 20602
Categories: WALDORF MD

11002 VEIRS MILL RD STE 700 16.0 miles

11002 VEIRS MILL RD STE 700
WHEATON, MD 20902
Categories: WHEATON MD

PO BOX 59815 16.7 miles

PO BOX 59815
ROCKVILLE, MD 20859
Categories: ROCKVILLE MD

10452 BALTIMORE AVE 16.8 miles

10452 BALTIMORE AVE
BELTSVILLE, MD 20705
Categories: BELTSVILLE MD

11848 Robertson Farm Circle 16.8 miles

11848 Robertson Farm Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030
Categories: Fairfax VA

10117 PALAMAR DR 17.0 miles

10117 PALAMAR DR
LANHAM, MD 20706
Categories: LANHAM MD

2080 Daniel Stuart Square, 17.0 miles

2080 Daniel Stuart Square,
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Categories: Woodbridge VA

14527 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY FEATHERSTONE SQUARE SHOPPING CTR 17.1 miles

14527 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY FEATHERSTONE SQUARE SHOPPING CTR
WOODBRIDGE, VA 22191
Categories: WOODBRIDGE VA

12200 ANNAPOLIS RD, SUITE 120 17.4 miles

12200 ANNAPOLIS RD, SUITE 120
GLENN DALE, MD 20769
Categories: GLENN DALE MD

4729 SELLMAN RD 17.5 miles

4729 SELLMAN RD
BELTSVILLE, MD 20705
Categories: BELTSVILLE MD

14010 SMOKETOWN ROAD, STE 101 17.8 miles

14010 SMOKETOWN ROAD, STE 101
WOODBRIDGE, VA 22192
Categories: WOODBRIDGE VA

12731 Marblestone Dr, Suite 100 18.6 miles

12731 Marblestone Dr, Suite 100
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Categories: Woodbridge VA

42010 VILLAGE CENTER PLZ 18.7 miles

42010 VILLAGE CENTER PLZ
STONE RIDGE, VA 20105
Categories: STONE RIDGE VA

12713 SHOPPES LN 18.7 miles

12713 SHOPPES LN
FAIRFAX, VA 22033
Categories: FAIRFAX VA

3650 JOSEPH SIEWICK DR Ste 400 18.8 miles

3650 JOSEPH SIEWICK DR Ste 400
FAIRFAX, VA 22033
Categories: FAIRFAX VA

3060 MITCHELLVILLE RD 18.9 miles

3060 MITCHELLVILLE RD
BOWIE, MD 20716
Categories: BOWIE MD

12581 MILSTEAD WAY STE 103 19.0 miles

12581 MILSTEAD WAY STE 103
WOODBRIDGE, VA 22192
Categories: WOODBRIDGE VA

4158 DALE BLVD 19.2 miles

4158 DALE BLVD
DALE CITY, VA 22193
Categories: DALE CITY VA

201 CENTENNIAL ST B1 19.5 miles

201 CENTENNIAL ST B1
LA PLATA, MD 20646
Categories: LA PLATA MD

403 CHARLES ST 3 19.5 miles

403 CHARLES ST 3
LA PLATA, MD 20646
Categories: LA PLATA MD

14142 MINNIEVILLE RD MINNIEVILLE PLAZE SUITE 204 19.8 miles

14142 MINNIEVILLE RD MINNIEVILLE PLAZE SUITE 204
WOODBRIDGE, VA 22193
Categories: WOODBRIDGE VA

13823 OUTLET DR 19.9 miles

13823 OUTLET DR
SILVER SPRING, MD 20904
Categories: SILVER SPRING MD

4000 Mitchellville Rd Ste A112, 20.0 miles

4000 Mitchellville Rd Ste A112,
Bowie, MD 20716
Categories: Bowie MD

106 Elden St Ste 18b, 20.5 miles

106 Elden St Ste 18b,
Herndon, VA 20170
Categories: Herndon VA

208 ELDEN ST 20.7 miles

208 ELDEN ST
HERNDON, VA 20170
Categories: HERNDON VA

462 HERNDON PKWY STE 103 20.7 miles

462 HERNDON PKWY STE 103
HERNDON, VA 20170
Categories: HERNDON VA

6201 CENTREVILLE RD STE 200 20.9 miles

6201 CENTREVILLE RD STE 200
CENTREVILLE, VA 20121
Categories: CENTREVILLE VA

3990 FETTLER PARK DR 21.3 miles

3990 FETTLER PARK DR
DUMFRIES, VA 22025
Categories: DUMFRIES VA

17017 DUMFRIES RD 21.6 miles

17017 DUMFRIES RD
DUMFRIES, VA 22025
Categories: DUMFRIES VA

4437 BROOKFIELD CORPORATE DR STE 108 21.9 miles

4437 BROOKFIELD CORPORATE DR STE 108
CHANTILLY, VA 20151
Categories: CHANTILLY VA

9707 Medical Center Dr Ste 120, 21.9 miles

9707 Medical Center Dr Ste 120,
Rockville, MD 20850
Categories: Rockville MD

3676 Alpen Greenway 21.9 miles

3676 Alpen Greenway
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Categories: Burtonsville MD

15005 SHADY GROVE RD Ste 450 21.9 miles

15005 SHADY GROVE RD Ste 450
ROCKVILLE, MD 20850
Categories: ROCKVILLE MD

14800 PHYSICIANS LN STE 131 22.2 miles

14800 PHYSICIANS LN STE 131
ROCKVILLE, MD 20850
Categories: ROCKVILLE MD

15225 Shady Grove Road, Suite 207 22.2 miles

15225 Shady Grove Road, Suite 207
Rockville, MD 20850
Categories: Rockville MD

8694 CENTREVILLE RD 22.2 miles

8694 CENTREVILLE RD
MANASSAS, VA 20110
Categories: MANASSAS VA

1411 H SERVICE RD 22.3 miles

1411 H SERVICE RD
CHANTILLY, VA 20151
Categories: CHANTILLY VA

8773 MATHIS AVE 22.4 miles

8773 MATHIS AVE
MANASSAS, VA 20110
Categories: MANASSAS VA

P. O. BOX 376 22.4 miles

P. O. BOX 376
LAUREL, MD 20725
Categories: LAUREL MD

3928 LANSING CT 22.6 miles

3928 LANSING CT
DUMFRIES, VA 22026
Categories: DUMFRIES VA

17932 FRALEY BLVD STE 405 22.6 miles

17932 FRALEY BLVD STE 405
DUMFRIES, VA 22026
Categories: DUMFRIES VA

9003 CHURCH ST 23.1 miles

9003 CHURCH ST
MANASSAS, VA 20110
Categories: MANASSAS VA

8714 SUDLEY RD 23.7 miles

8714 SUDLEY RD
MANASSAS, VA 20110
Categories: MANASSAS VA

8685 Sudley Rd, 23.7 miles

8685 Sudley Rd,
Manassas, VA 20110
Categories: Manassas VA

8640 SUDLEY RD STE 203 23.8 miles

8640 SUDLEY RD STE 203
MANASSAS, VA 20110
Categories: MANASSAS VA

8609 SUDLEY RD STE 104 23.9 miles

8609 SUDLEY RD STE 104
MANASSAS, VA 20110
Categories: MANASSAS VA

46440 BENEDICT DR STE 108 24.0 miles

46440 BENEDICT DR STE 108
STERLING, VA 20164
Categories: STERLING VA

45305 CATALINA CT STE 103 24.1 miles

45305 CATALINA CT STE 103
STERLING, VA 20166
Categories: STERLING VA

4200 PLEASANT VALLEY RD 24.1 miles

4200 PLEASANT VALLEY RD
CHANTILLY, VA 20151
Categories: CHANTILLY VA

18111 PRINCE PHILIP DR, STE T12 24.1 miles

18111 PRINCE PHILIP DR, STE T12
OLNEY, MD 20832
Categories: OLNEY MD

8768 SUSINI DR 24.3 miles

8768 SUSINI DR
LAUREL, MD 20723
Categories: LAUREL MD

On-site ONLY 24.3 miles

On-site ONLY
LAUREL, MD 20724
Categories: LAUREL MD

8945 N WESTLAND DR 24.5 miles

8945 N WESTLAND DR
GAITHERSBURG, MD 20877
Categories: GAITHERSBURG MD

431 N FREDERICK AVE GAITHERSBURG 24.5 miles

431 N FREDERICK AVE GAITHERSBURG
GAITHERSBURG, MD 20877
Categories: GAITHERSBURG MD

21525 RIDGETOP CIR STE 260 24.8 miles

21525 RIDGETOP CIR STE 260
STERLING, VA 20166
Categories: STERLING VA

Onsite Only 24.9 miles

Onsite Only
Hughesville, MD 20637
Categories: Hughesville MD

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Local Area Info: Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as Central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been influenced by its proximity to the U.S. capital. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense. Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria, and in 2017, so did the headquarters of the National Science Foundation.

The historic center of Alexandria is known as Old Town. With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable. It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.

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