Ashburn, Virginia

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Ashburn, Virginia
—  CDP  —

Ashburn, Virginia is located in Virginia

Ashburn, Virginia

Location within the state of Virginia

Coordinates: 39°02′37″N 077°29′15″W / 39.04361°N 77.4875°W / 39.04361; -77.4875Coordinates:

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39°02′37″N 077°29′15″W / 39.04361°N 77.4875°W / 39.04361; -77.4875[1]

Country United States
State Virginia
County Loudoun
Area (2010 Census)[2]
 • Total 17.287 sq mi (44.77 km2)
 • Land 17.025 sq mi (44.09 km2)
 • Water 0.262 sq mi (0.68 km2)
Elevation[1] 295 ft (90 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 43,511
 • Density 2,500/sq mi (970/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 20146, 20147, 20148, 20149 [4]
Area code(s) 703, 571
FIPS code 51-03320 [2][5]
ANSI code 02584799 [2]
GNIS feature ID 1499063 [5]

Ashburn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 43,511.[3][6] It is 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Washington, D.C. and part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.



[edit] History

Ashburn was originally called Farmwell (variant names include Old Farmwell and Farmwell Station) after a nearby mansion of that name owned by George Lee III. The name “Farmwell” first appeared in George Lee’s October 1802 will and was used to describe the 1,236 acre (5.0 km²) plantation he inherited from his father, Thomas Ludwell Lee II. A section of Farmwell plantation west of Ashburn Road, a 580 acre (2.3 km²) tract, was purchased in 1841 as a summer home by John Janney, a Quaker lawyer who nearly became Vice President of the United States. Janney called the property Ashburn Farm; the name’s first known appearance in writing is 1870, when he sold the property. It is likely he named the farm after family friends whose name was “Ashburn”.[7]

[edit] Geography

Ashburn is located at


39°02′37″N 077°29′15″W / 39.04361°N 77.4875°W / 39.04361; -77.4875 (39.0437192, -77.4874899) and its average elevation is 295 feet (90 m) above sea level.[1] According to the 2010 United States Census, the CDP has a total area of 17.287 square miles (44.77 km2), of which 17.025 square miles (44.09 km2) is land and 0.262 square miles (0.68 km2) is water.[2] Ashburn is located between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg, the county seat of Loudoun County.

[edit] Subdivisions

The Ashburn area consists of many major and minor subdivisons such as Ashbrook, Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village, Brambleton, Broadlands, the Courts and Ridges at Ashburn, Belmont Greene, Belmont Country Club and the Village of Waxpool.

[edit] Demographics

The United States Census Bureau defines Ashburn as a census-designated place (CDP). As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 43,511 residents,[3] while the larger ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) for Ashburn’s 20147 ZIP code contained 54,086 people.[8]

Many of its residents commute into Washington, D.C. and the surrounding suburbs such as Tysons Corner and Reston to their places of employment.[9] The median household income as of 2009 was $100,719.[10] Median age in Ashburn is 31.6.[10] Ashburn’s population is made up of 49% males and 51% females.[10] The ethnic groups were White (71%), Asian/Pacific Islander (14%), African American (8%), Hispanic (7%), and Other race (7%).[10] The total number of households accounted for in Ashburn was 22,555.[10] The median household size is 2.9 persons.[10] 98% percent of Ashburn residents have a high school degree.[10] 42% of Ashburn’s population holds a four-year bachelor’s degree.[10] 18 percent of the population hold graduate degrees.[10]

Homeowners formed 80% of the population.[10] In addition, renters made up 13% of the population.[10] There were 7% properties available as vacancies.[10] The median age of housing was 5.0 years.[10] The median housing value is at $531,000.[10]

[edit] Economy

Located within the Dulles Technology Corridor, Ashburn is home to many high-tech businesses. World Trade Center Dulles Airport is currently[when?] under construction and will be the second World Trade Center in the state.[11] Verizon Business has a major office in Ashburn at the location replacing MCI WorldCom‘s headquarters after its acquisition.[12][13] Ashburn is also home to government contractor Telos. Prior to 2009, AOL had its headquarters in Ashburn, but today, maintains its Ashburn location as a satellite office, while its headquarters were moved to New York City.[14]

The George Washington University‘s Virginia Science and Technology Campus and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute‘s Janelia Farm Research Campus are located in Ashburn. Redskins Park, the training camp for the Washington Redskins football team of the National Football League, is also located in Ashburn.[15] Wikimedia Foundation (parent of Wikipedia) has its primary data center in Ashburn.[16]

[edit] Government

[edit] Federal

The United States Postal Service operates the Ashburn Post Office.[17] The National Transportation Safety Board operates the Ashburn Aviation Field Office in Ashburn; it is the regional headquarters of the NTSB Aviation Eastern Region.[18]

[edit] Education

[edit] Colleges and universities

George Washington University and Strayer University have campuses in Ashburn. In December 2009, it was announced that George Mason University is planning to set up a campus in Ashburn, to be located at Exit 6 off the Dulles Greenway.[19]

[edit] Primary and secondary schools

Educational institutions in Ashburn are operated by the Loudoun County Public Schools.

Ashburn’s elementary schools include Ashburn Elementary School, Belmont Station Elementary School, Cedar Lane Elementary School, Dominion Trail Elementary School, Hillside Elementary School, Legacy Elementary School,Creighton’s Corner Elementary, Mill Run Elementary School, Newton-Lee Elementary School, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School, Sanders Corner Elementary School, and Steuart W. Weller Elementary School. Ashburn’s public middle schools include Belmont Ridge Middle School, Eagle Ridge Middle School, Farmwell Station Middle School, and Stone Hill Middle School. Public high schools in Ashburn include Briar Woods High School, Broad Run High School, and Stone Bridge High School.[20]

There are five private schools in Ashburn: Ideal Schools High School, St. Theresa Catholic School, Virginia Academy, Boyd School, and County Christian School.

[edit] Media

Media covering Ashburn include Ashburn Patch, Ashburn Today, The Indie and the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

[edit] Infrastructure

[edit] Emergency services

Ashburn’s fire and emergency medical services are provided by a combination of the volunteers of Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department and the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management. AVFRD is a company under LCFR, and serves Ashburn with Stations 6 and 22, which is located next to Loudoun Hospital. LCFR operates the 24-7 career Moorefield station 23, the first of its kind in the county. The Ashburn area is served by Inova Loudoun Hospital, located less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from Ashburn in neighboring Lansdowne, Virginia, and by larger hospitals in the Washington suburbs and city.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c “Ashburn”. Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d “Places: Virginia”. 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c “Ashburn CDP, Virginia”. Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  4. ^ “Post Office, Zip Code, Jurisdiction and AAA Cross-Reference List”. Virginia Department for the Aging. June 9, 2004.,%20Zip%20&%20AAA%20Reference%20List.pdf.
  5. ^ a b “FIPS55 Data: Virginia”. FIPS55 Data. United States Geological Survey. February 23, 2006.
  6. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-03-08.
  7. ^ “Ashburn, VA – History”. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  8. ^ “ZCTA5: 20147 (Ashburn)”. Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  9. ^ “Loudoun County Commuter Bus Adds 123 Spaces for Ashburn Commuter Parking”. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n “20147 Ashburn Neighborhood in Ashburn, VA”. 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  11. ^ “World Trade Center: Dulles Airport at One Loudoun”. 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  12. ^ “Verizon Business Global Llc – Ashburn, Virginia (VA) – Company Profile”. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  13. ^ Noguchi, Yuki (2005-02-15). “Telecom Is Getting Another Behemoth”. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  14. ^ Goldfarb, Zachary and Sam Diaz. “Washington Post – AOL Moving Executives, Headquarters to New York.” The Washington Post. September 18, 2007. A01. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.
  15. ^ “Training Camp Frequently Asked Questions”. 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  16. ^ “Wikimedia sites to move to primary data center in Ashburn, Virginia”. Wikimedia. January 19, 2013.
  17. ^Post Office Location – ASHBURN.” United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  18. ^Regional Offices: Aviation.” National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  19. ^ Kravitz, Derek (2009-12-14). “Developer donates land for George Mason campus in Loudoun”. Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-19.
  20. ^ “Loudoun County Public Schools: Official Website”. 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-14.

[edit] External links

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