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Herndon, VA

Herndon, VA

Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. It is the largest of three towns in the county. With its history dating all the way back to 1688, it is obvious that Herndon, Virginia is a town that possesses deep roots and opulent history. Early settlers, the Civil War and the railroad days are just a few momentous landmarks that this town had the opportunity to experience.

Herndon was named for Commander William Lewis Herndon, American naval explorer and author of Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon. Commander Herndon captained the ill-fated steamer SS Central America, going down with his ship while helping to save over 150 of its passengers and crew. The settlement was named Herndon in 1858. In the 1870s, many Northern soldiers and their families came to settle in the area, taking advantage of moderate climate and low land prices. Herndon also offered a group of friendly and local native Americans who helped the town to prosper via trade and instruction.

Originally part of the rural surroundings of the Washington, D.C. area, the town of Herndon developed into a hub of dairy farming and vacationing for area residents, aided by its presence along the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad (later to become the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad).

When the railroad was converted into a hike-and-bike trail, Herndon capitalized on history and small-town feel (in a major metropolitan region) by converting its train station into a museum and visitors center by relocating a Norfolk Southern Railway caboose to a nearby site and repainting it in W&OD livery.

Although the caboose does not resemble anything that ever traveled through Herndon, it remains an iconic part of the downtown area that both locals and tourists visit on a daily basis. The caboose and station offer to some a taste of the original town that has since faded into the suburban countryside.

On January 14, 2004, the Town of Herndon commemorated its 125th anniversary.

This town places a heavy emphasis upon commerce, character, and community involvement. With a comprehensive parks and recreation center, a plethora of activities and events are held throughout the year, guaranteed to satisfy the diverse interests of the community. A gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, aquatic, meeting, and cooking rooms are just a few of the facilities in Herndon available for the residents use.
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As of the census of 2010, there were 23,292 people, 7,472 households, and 5,357 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,129.9 people per square mile (1,981.3/km²). There were 7,190 housing units at an average density of 1,703.3 per square mile (657.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 50.7% White, 9.5% Black, 0.7% Native American, 17.9% Asian (8.5% Indian, 1.6% Vietnamese, 1.5% Chinese, 1.2% Filipino, 0.7% Korean, 0.1% Japanese, 4.2% Other Asian), 0.0% Pacific Islander, 16.0% from other races, and 5.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.6% of the population.

There were 6,962 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 38.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 3.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 111.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $72,912, and the median income for a family was $79,140 (these figures had risen to $92,947 and $108,446 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $44,197 versus $35,548 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,941. About 4.7% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
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Total Population 23,331
Population Density 5,527 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 11,100
Male Population 12,231
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 47% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 10% Increase
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Nearest 2-Year Public College Itt Technical Institute
Distance 7 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College Devry University
Distance 9 miles
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 7,461
Family Households 5,126
Average Family Size 3.75
Average Household Income $105,512
Median Household Income $92,062
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 70% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 25% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.41
Crime Risk (County) 0.41
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.21
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.28
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.32
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.30
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.14
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.58
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.26
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.81
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.45
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Average July High Temperature 87.3 °F
Average January Low Temperature 19.1 °F
Annual Precipitation 42.2 inches
Air Pollution Index 81% of National Average
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Sales Tax Rate 5.00%
Nearest Airport Washington Dulles International
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Washington Wizards / Washington Capitals
Distance 21 miles
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Herndon, VA Herndon is part of the Dulles Technology Corridor, which Fortune magazine named the "Netplex" because of the presence of the headquarters of such companies as AOL, XO Communications,Verizon Business (formerly MCI, formerly WorldCom, originally UUNET), and Network Solutions, which began as the INTERNIC — the registry where every domain name was once administered.

Some of those companies are within Herndon. For example, Airbus North America.

Herndon contains the Herndon Depot Museum, the site of "Mosby's Raid on Herndon Station". The raid was a Civil War skirmish that took place on St. Patrick's Day in 1863. Also within the town is a golf course, community art gallery, community center with basketball and racquetball courts, and an aquatic center. Adjacent to the community center is Bready Park, with indoor tennis courts. Additionally, every residence within the town borders is within a mile or less of a public park.

Nearby attractions include the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum (which houses the Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress, a Concorde supersonic passenger airplane, an SR-71A Blackbird plane and the Space Shuttle Enterprise), Frying Pan Park, Sully Plantation, Reston Town Center, Mount Vernon, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Colvin Run Mill, Aldie Mill, Oatlands Plantation, Manassas National Battlefield Park and the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (which runs through the town).

Rich historical roots and the immense amount of recreational activities attribute to making Herndon, Virginia a prime location for real estate investors and new, relocating residents. A neighborhood resource department also contributes to enhancing neighborhoods throughout the town. Herndon is also quite proud of its latest accomplishment: a $16 million Municipal Center Complex. The recently completed center is home to the Fairfax County library, several government office buildings, the Herndon County meeting facility, and Town Green, a place for community concerts and events.

An irrefutable "people place," Herndon, Virginia is a spectacular place for not only real estate, but an invigorating town to call home.