Alexandria, Minnesota

Alexandria
Alexandria Post Office (historic) .
Alexandria Post Office (historic) .
Official logo of Alexandria
Nicknames: 
Alex, Alec
Location of the city of Alexandria within Douglas County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Alexandria
within Douglas County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°53′6.84″N 95°22′38″W / 45.8852333°N 95.37722°W / 45.8852333; -95.37722Coordinates: 45°53′6.84″N 95°22′38″W / 45.8852333°N 95.37722°W / 45.8852333; -95.37722
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyDouglas
Colonized1858
Founded1859
Government
 • MayorBobbie Osterberg
Area
 • City17.90 sq mi (46.36 km2)
 • Land17.18 sq mi (44.50 km2)
 • Water0.71 sq mi (1.85 km2)  4.43%
Elevation1,408 ft (429 m)
Population
 • City14,335
 • Estimate 
(2021)[4]
14,382
 • Density834.25/sq mi (322.10/km2)
 • Metro
39,238 (US: 314th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56308
Area code320
FIPS code27-00928
GNIS feature ID0639272[2]
Websiteci.alexandria.mn.us
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Alexandria is a city in and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota, United States.[5] First settled in 1858, it was named after brothers Alexander and William Kinkead from Maryland. The form of the name alludes to Alexandria, Egypt, a center of learning and civilization.[6]

The village of Alexandria was incorporated February 20, 1877. Its city charter was adopted in 1908, and it was incorporated as a city in 1909. W. E. Hicks was pivotal to the town's early development. He purchased the townsite in 1868 and established a mill, hotel, newspaper, and store. He donated property for a courthouse, jail, and two churches: Methodist and Congregational.

The population was 14,335 as of the 2020 census.[3] Alexandria is near I-94, along Minnesota State Highways 27 and 29. It is ten miles south of Lake Carlos State Park. In 2013, Alexandria was named a "Top 10 Best Small Town" by the Livability website.[7] The city is often abbreviated as "Alex" (sometimes pronounced "Alec").[8]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alexandria, Minnesota
  3. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference USCensusEst2021 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 175.
  7. ^ "Alexandria Picked As Top Ten Small Town In US". July 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Chaffins, Amy (July 11, 2014). "You asked:Why do locals call Alexandria 'Alek?'". Echo Press. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.

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