Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. 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. 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 early development of the town. 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 11,070 as of the 2010 census. Alexandria is located near Interstate 94, along Minnesota State Highways 27 and 29. Lake Carlos State Park is ten miles north of Alexandria. In 2013, Alexandria was picked as a "Top 10 Best Small Town" by the Livability website. The city is often abbreviated as "Alex" (pronounced "Alek").
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How did Minnesota earn the grade of D? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Minnesota has a state sales tax of 6.88%. Of particular interest is that Minnesota does have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Minnesota has an effective property tax rate of 1.17%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Minnesota earned its state tax grade of D.
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