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Town of Herndon

  •   State: 
    Fairfax County
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    38°58′17″N 77°23′19″W
      Area total: 
    4.29 sq mi (11.12 km²)
      Area land: 
    4.29 sq mi (11.10 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.01 sq mi (0.02 km²)
    361 ft (110 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,738.51 residents per square mile of area (2,215.78/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census. In 2020, the population was estimated to be 24,532, which makes it the largest of three incorporated towns in the county. The town was named after Commander William Lewis Herndon, an American naval explorer and author of Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon. In the 1870s, many Northern soldiers and their families came to settle in the area, taking advantage of moderate climate and low land prices. In 2004, the town commemorated its 125th anniversary by converting its train station into a museum and visitors center. In 2005, a controversy involving illegal immigration led to the closure of a day labor center in the town. The center was operated by Reston Interfaith's Project Hope and Harmony under a grant from surrounding Fairfax County. The HOW Center was created on March 23, 2006 in response to daily gatherings of Hispanic workers at a local 7-Eleven store. The 2006 election for Mayor and Town Council revolved mainly around the issue, and resulted in unseating the pro-center Mayor and two councilmembers. In September 2007, the HOW Center closed after less than two years of operation, in September 2007. The Town's historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hernd on is located at 38°5817N 77°2319W (38.971478, 77.388675).


Herndon is the primary city name, but also Oak Hill are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Town of Herndon. Herndon was named after Commander William Lewis Herndon, an American naval explorer and author of Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon. In the 1870s, many Northern soldiers and their families came to settle in the area, taking advantage of moderate climate and low land prices. The town was part of a nationally reported controversy involving illegal immigration beginning in 2005. The How Center was created on March 23, 2006 in response to daily gatherings of Hispanic workers at a local 7-Eleven store. In September 2007, the HOW Center closed after less than two years of operation, under a grant from surrounding Fairfax County. The Town's historic train station was converted into a museum and visitors center. The caboose and station offer a glimpse of the original downtown's historic charm, which residents are passionate about preserving. It was originally acquired in 1989 by herndon Historical Society member, George Moore, to whose memory the caboOSE was dedicated after his death in 2003. It remains an iconic part of the downtown area that both locals and tourists visit daily. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, the Town of Hernd on commemorated its 125th anniversary with a parade and fireworks display in the town square.


Herndon is located at 38°5817N 77°2319W (38.971478, 77.388675).According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²), all of it land. Just over two acres of land in the town are technically in Loudoun County. Herndon has a population of about 1,000. The town is located in the Shenandoah National Park, which is a National Park Service preserve. The park is home to the Virginia Museum of Nature and Science, which was established in 1872. The museum is also home to Virginia's oldest public art collection, which dates back to the 17th century. The Virginia National Gallery of Art is located on the town's main square, and was built in the early 19th century as part of the Virginia Gothic Revival style of architecture. It is the oldest building in the city, having been built in 1875. The city's name is derived from the town of Herndons, Virginia, which once stood on the banks of the Rappahannock River, which runs through the town. It was named after a local family of the same name, who lived in the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The current mayor of the town is John W. "Jack" Withers, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who was born in 1876.


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) 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%. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.6%. The median income for a household was $72,912, and $79,140 for a family. Males had a median income of $44,197 versus $35,548 for females. The per capita income was $26,941. About 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5 per cent of those age 65 or over. The town is located on the U.S.-Mexico border. It is located near the border of the state of New Mexico and New Mexico. It has a population of about 23,000, including about 10,000 foreign nationals. The U.N. Census Bureau estimates the town's population for the 2010 census was 23,300, including 7,190 foreign nationals and about 4,000 non-residents.


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, Stride, Inc., Verizon Business, and Network Solutions. Some of those companies are within Herndon, but are located in unincorporated Fairfax or Loudoun counties. According to the Town's 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the principal employers in the Town are:Prior year's CAFRS are also available for download from the Town of HerndON's website. The Town has a population of 2,816. It is located on the Potomac River, which runs through the town. The town is in the Loudoun County portion of Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia. It has an estimated population of 3,822. It was the site of the U.S. Civil War, which ended in 1865. It also is home to the World Trade Center, which was built in the late 1800s. It's also home to a number of other historic buildings, such as the Washington, D.C. Post Office, which dates back to the early 1900s. In the early 20th century, it was the location of the InterNIC, which began as the registry where every domain name was once administered. The Post Office is located in the town's downtown area, on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. It closed in the mid-1970s.


The town is organized as an incorporated town by the Commonwealth of Virginia,and is governed by an elected Mayor and Town Council. The current Mayor is Sheila A. Olem, who was first elected to Council in 2010 and served as Vice Mayor in 2018 until her election as Mayor in 2020. The Police Department, independent of the county police department, is headed by Chief Maggie DeBoard, and consists of 56 sworn officers. The Herndon Police Department achieved national recognition on November 8, 1986 by becoming the seventh police agency in Virginia and the 42nd policeagency in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Mayor chairs the Council and heads the executive branch of the town government. The Town Council serves on a part-time basis and is made up of members who are elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis. The town has a population of 3,000, with the majority of residents living in the central part of the city. The city is home to the Virginia Military Institute, which has a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History, which is a member of the Virginia State College of Art and Design, which also has a master's degree program. It is the only town in the state to have its own police force, which was established in the 1970s. It has a mayor and a town council, both of whom are elected for a four-year term. The mayor and the town council serve on a full-time, part-year basis.


Herndon contains the Herndon Depot Museum, the site of a Civil War skirmish that took place on St. Patrick's Day, 1863. The town is home to a professional live theatre, NextStop Theatre, which produces a variety of plays, musicals, concerts, and educational theatre programming each season. Every residence within the town borders is within a mile or less of a public park. The Herndons Centennial Golf Course is within the city's borders, as is a community center with basketball and racquetball courts, multiple baseball fields, and an aquatic center. The city also has a community centre with indoor tennis courts, as well as Bready Park, which is adjacent to the community center. In addition to the museum, the town also contains a community art gallery, and a park with indoor basketball and tennis courts. The community center is located in the heart of the town, just south of the downtown area of the city. It is also home to the HerNDon ArtSpace, a community gallery, community center, and aquatic center, which also has indoor tennis and basketball courts. In the summer, the city hosts a number of community events, such as a basketball tournament and a dance competition. In winter, the community hosts an annual ice cream social, and the town hosts an ice cream competition, which has been going on for more than 20 years.


Herndon is within the Fairfax County Public Schools district. Public schools serving students within the Herndon town limits are: Clearview Elementary School, Dranesville Elementary School and Hutchison Elementary School. Private school options include: Temple Baptist, St Joseph's Elementary and several Montessori schools. Public libraries operate the HerNDon Fortnightly Library in Hernd on. HerndOn is located on the Virginia Turnpike, which runs from D.C. to Virginia Beach. The town is home to the Virginia Center for the Arts, which was established in the 1970s. It is also the home of the Virginia Museum of History, which dates back to the 18th century. The city's name is derived from the Virginia Colony, which once stood on the site of the town's first post office, which opened in 1805. The Herndons are known as the "Herndons" of Virginia, and the town has a long history of being a center for the arts and culture.


The primary highway serving Herndon is Virginia State Route 228 and its truck route. SR 228 heads directly through the center of town via Elden Street, Monroe Street, Park Avenue and Dranesville Road. In 2022, the Silver Lines extension opened, providing service at herndon station. At the south end of town, SR 228 meets Virginia State. Route 267, a high speed, high-capacity toll road which provides access to Washington, D.C. (via Interstate 66) and. Washington Dulles International Airport. The city's main library is located on the second floor of a building on the south side of the city. The town's main square is made up of several blocks of residential and commercial buildings, as well as a small section of the town's business district. It is also home to the Herndonsville High School, a public high school, and a community center. The HerndOn High School was founded in the early 1900s. The high school was the site of the first high school in the state, which opened in the mid-20th century. The school is now a part of the Virginia State College of Technology, which was established in the late 1930s. It was the first college in Virginia to graduate from a bachelor's degree program. The district also has a high school; the high school has a junior high, high school and a middle school; and an adult high school. It has been home to a number of colleges, including Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Herndon has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. The town has a population of about 2,000 people. It is located on the Potomac River, which runs through the town. The city's population is about 1,200 people, with the majority of them living in the town of HerndON. The area has a history of violence, including the murders of several people in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has a reputation for being a hotbed of crime, especially in the area surrounding the town's main square. It also has a long history of poverty, particularly in the post-World War II years. It was the site of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, which began in the mid-19th century. It's also known as the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born in the city in 1881. The community has a strong tradition of supporting the military, which dates back to the early 19th century, and is still active to this day. The state's motto is "Herndon Strong", which means "herndon stands for strength, determination, and perseverance". The town also has an active chapter of the American Legion, which was established in 1883. The U.N. has a presence in the region, with a base in Washington, D.C. and a branch in Virginia.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia = 5.7. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Herndon = 4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 22,059 individuals with a median age of 36.5 age the population grows by 1.55% in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,738.51 residents per square mile of area (2,215.78/km²). There are average 3.18 people per household in the 6,914 households with an average household income of $90,924 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is of the available work force and has dropped -1.99% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.52%. The number of physicians in Herndon per 100,000 population = 303.3.


The annual rainfall in Herndon = 42.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 21.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 120. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 21.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 40, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia which are owned by the occupant = 60.81%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 27 years with median home cost = $224,930 and home appreciation of -8.25%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $10.67 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,219 per student. There are 13.2 students for each teacher in the school, 494 students for each Librarian and 274 students for each Counselor. 3.66% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 25.77% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 15.17% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Herndon's population in Fairfax County, Virginia of 12,976 residents in 1900 has increased 1,7-fold to 22,059 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 48.00% female residents and 52.00% male residents live in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia.

    As of 2020 in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia are married and the remaining 42.29% are single population.

  • 29.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Herndon require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    74.41% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.73% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.55% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.06% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia, 60.81% are owner-occupied homes, another 33.37% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.83% are vacant.

  • The 41.59% of the population in Herndon, Alexandria City, Virginia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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