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Echo Press photo by Celeste Beam Alexandria's population stands at 12,415, according to the state's latest projections from April 2008.

Will Alexandria hit 13,000?

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Just how important are the census numbers?

Alexandria - and taxpayers - are still directly feeling the effects of the 2000 census.

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The city has lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars each year because its population back in 2000 was pegged at 8,820 - 1,180 people short of the 10,000 mark it needed to hit to be considered a regional center.

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