Alexandria, Indiana

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Alexandria is a city in Monroe Township
Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana
Monroe Township is one of fourteen townships in Madison County, Indiana, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 10,233.-Geography:According to the United States Census Bureau, Monroe Township covers an area of ; of this, is land and is water.-Unincorporated towns:* Gehring and Gumz...

, Madison County
Madison County, Indiana
As of the census of 2000, there were 133,358 people, 53,052 households, and 36,234 families residing in the county. The population density was 295 people per square mile . There were 56,939 housing units at an average density of 126 per square mile...

, Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

, United States
United States
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. It is about 46 miles (74 km) northeast of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population is 839,489. It is by far Indiana's largest city and, as of the 2010 U.S...

. It is part of the Anderson, Indiana
Anderson, Indiana
Anderson is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Indiana, United States. It is the principal city of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses Madison county. Anderson is the headquarters of the Church of God and home of Anderson University, which is...

 Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,260 at the 2000 census.

Alexandria is served by the Norfolk & Southern Railway with a connector which allows rail traffic to flow smoothly between lines servicing east–west and north–south destinations. In the city are a Carnegie library and Beulah Park of 24 acres (97,000 m²) & home of the Madison County "4H Fair". The city is located in rich farm country, which produces corn, soybeans, and tomatoes; and is in the Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

 natural gas region, to which fact it owed its growth as a manufacturing center. It was one of the principal seats of the glass industry in Indiana – plate glass, lamp chimneys, mirrors, &c., were once manufactured here. Charles Corydon Hall, a New England engineer, arrived in Alexandria to help manage a steel mill just as its natural gas supply was exhausted around the turn of the 19th century. Hall stayed to invent the first successful mineral-fiber insulation and built a company to produce it. For some decades the banner of the local newspaper featured the verse "Alexandria, Indiana/Home of the Rock Wool/Not on the Nile/But just as worthwhile." The municipality owns and operates the water-works as well as the city schools. Alexandria was founded in 1836 and was chartered as a city in 1893.

Alexandria is also known as "Small Town USA" and holds an annual festival to honor this heritage.
Famous residents include Bill and Gloria Gaither, winners of five Grammys. Gaither Studios is a very busy recording center for different types of music. It is especially known for producing Gospel music.

Alexandria is home to what is lauded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest ball of paint. It is also the home of a community band which draws musicians from several neighboring communities.

Geography


Alexandria is located at 40°15′47"N 85°40′35"W .

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7 km²), all of it land.

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 6,260 people, 2,481 households, and 1,654 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,308.6 people per square mile (891.9/km²). There were 2,704 housing units at an average density of 997.2 per square mile (385.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.46% Black
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 or African American
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, 0.08% Native American
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, 0.11% Asian
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, 0.02% Pacific Islander
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, 0.43% from other races
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, and 0.80% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino
Race (United States Census)
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 of any race.

There were 2,481 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,359, and the median income for a family was $42,731. Males had a median income of $30,529 versus $23,384 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $15,578. About 4.2% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government


The city council consists of seven members. Five members are elected from individual districts and two are elected at-large. The city is governed by a "strong" mayor system who appoints two council members and/or city residents to serve at the mayor's pleasure on the board of public works and safety. The chief financial officer is the clerk-treasurer. The clerk-treasure and mayor are full-time elected officials. The Alexandria City Court has a part-time locally elected judge.

Airport


Alexandria Airport
Alexandria Airport (Indiana)
Alexandria Airport is a public use airport located three nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Alexandria, a city in Madison County, Indiana, United States.- Facilities and aircraft :...

 is a public use airport
Airport
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 located 3 nmi (5.6 km) southeast of the central business district
Central business district
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of Alexandria.

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