Annandale, Virginia

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Annandale, Virginia

Introduction to Annandale, Virginia

Annandale CDP (census-designated place) is located in Fairfax County. The Capital Beltway and Virginia State Route 236 are the primary roads in Annandale. The Accotink Creek runs through the city. A dam was constructed on the creek with the objective of creating Lake Accotink. The lake is a popular recreation area. The Fairfax Cross County Trail is situated along Accotink Creek and is a popular destination for hiking, jogging, bicycle riding as well as cross-country skiing. The trail travels through parks and forest areas. Accotink Creek also provides opportunities for fishing.


Col. William Fitzhugh purchased more than 24,000 acres in the area in 1685. Family members gave the acreage the name "Ravensworth." Col. Fitzhugh created one of the major Northern Virginia tobacco plantations on his land. Ravensworth was recognized as the largest piece of land granted in Northern Virginia.

A large number of French Huguenots left Europe due to religious persecution and some of them arrived in Ravensworth and made a deal with Fitzhugh to lease some of his property. However, the Huguenots discovered that life was very primitive in the area and a significant number of them moved out of Ravensworth. At a slow pace, future generations of Fitzhugh's family sold sections of the property.

In 1806 construction of the portion of the Little River Turnpike that ran through Annandale was finished. Annandale was now connected to Fairfax and Alexandria. In 1830 the plantation was no longer called Ravensworth. The area was now called Annandale named after the Scottish town situated along the Annan River. Most of the land in Annandale was utilized for farming by the new landowners. Farmhouses could be seen all over the countryside

Higher Education

Annandale is home to Northern Virginia Community College. The noteworthy Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art theater. The college is significantly involved with placing their graduates in four-year colleges by utilizing a preferred transfers system.

Historic Sites

There are numerous historic sites in the Annandale area including:

  • Barcroft Community House
  • Cherry Hill
  • Calvert Manor
  • Calendon School
  • Birch House
  • Oakton Trolley Station
  • Glebe
  • Moorefield

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High Points

Annandale strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Annandale Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Annandale Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Annandale College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Annandale Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Annandale Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Annandale Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 11% Annandale People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 19% Annandale Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Annandale, Virginia

Comparing Annandale to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 10
Age of the Population 8 4
Male Share of the Population 6 9
Senior Citizens 5 3
Female Share of the Population 5 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 10
Average Household Size 8 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 9
People Above Poverty 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Short Commute Times 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 8
Housing Recently Built 5 7
People Living Alone 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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Annandale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 22003
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.83
Longitude -77.196

Annandale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
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Annandale Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 54,994 100%
Male 26,816 48.8%
Female 28,178 51.2%
Under 18 12,439 22.6%
18+ 42,555 77.4%
65+ 6,470 11.8%
Median Age 37.9
Average Family Size 3.18
White 35,473 64.5%
African-American 3,224 5.9%
Asian 10,647 19.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 165 0.3%
Other 3,266 5.9%
Mixed Race 2,178 4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7,966 14.5%

Annandale Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.8%
English 9%
German 8.5%
Irish 7.4%
US/American 4.8%
Italian 4.2%
Polish 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
European 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Russian 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Ethiopian 0.7%
British 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Lebanese 0.6%
Afghan 0.6%
Iranian 0.6%
African 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Arab/Arabic 0.5%
Other Arab 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Egyptian 0.4%
Palestinian 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Iraqi 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Somalian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Annandale 54,994 $80,459
Alexandria 128,283 $67,023
Arlington 189,453 $78,877
Burke 57,737 $99,487
Falls Church 10,377 $97,225
McLean 38,929 $137,610
Vienna 14,453 $93,043

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