Dale City, Virginia

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Dale City, Virginia

Introduction to Dale City, Virginia

Dale City, Virginia, in Prince William county, is 23 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is part of the Washington metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 55,971 people live in Dale City.

Dale City History

Real estate developer Cecil Don Hylton established the community of Dale City. He chose the term "Dale" because it aptly described the "hills and dales" of Virginia Piedmont, where the community was developed. Dale City is currently an unincorporated community in the county of Prince William in Virginia. The Potomac Mills Mall, the largest outlet mall in the United States and second largest shopping mall in Northern Virginia, is located in Dale City.

Dale City and nearby Attractions

  • Mount Vernon
  • Dale City Neighborhood Library
  • Manassas Museum
  • Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gunston Hall Plantation
  • Mason Neck State Park

Things To Do In Dale City

Dale City provides easy access to a number of historical sites and museums nearby. Gunston Hall Plantation and Woodlawn Plantation are worth visiting. Mount Vernon is the 18th century restored farm house of George Washington. For information on local history, one can visit Dale City Neighborhood Library or Dale City Mini Library. The Manassas Museum and the U.S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum are also nearby. In addition, the town is near many recreation areas that make for the perfect day trip destination. Among these are Mason Neck State Park, Marumsco National Wildlife Refuge, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and Occoquan Regional Park.

Dale City Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Washington Dulles International Airport.

Dale City Higher Education

For higher education, residents of Dale City can enroll at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Marymount University, or Mary Washington College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Dale City Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 9% Dale City Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 9% Dale City People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 9% Dale City Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 10% Dale City Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Dale City, Virginia

Comparing Dale City 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
Racial Diversity 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 5 8
Well-Paid Single Women 5 7
Female Share of the Population 3 2
Age of the Population 3 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
Median Family Income 8 10
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 1 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 1
Affordability of Rents 2 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Dale City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Prince William
Standard Zip Codes 22193
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.636
Longitude -77.311

Dale City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Station LA PLATA 1 W
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Distance 21.9 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
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Dale City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 55,971 100%
Male 27,662 49.4%
Female 28,309 50.6%
Under 18 18,304 32.7%
18+ 37,667 67.3%
65+ 2,108 3.8%
Median Age 31.4
Average Family Size 3.48
White 31,818 56.8%
African-American 16,099 28.8%
Asian 2,840 5.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 235 0.4%
Other 2,392 4.3%
Mixed Race 2,480 4.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,534 9.9%

Dale City 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) 45.6%
German 9.3%
US/American 8.8%
Irish 7.5%
English 6.3%
Italian 3.9%
African 2%
Polish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
European 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Scottish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
British 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Ghanian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
West Indian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Sudanese 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dale City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dalecity (22193)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Dale City 55,971 $69,278
Clifton 185 $117,446
Dumfries 4,937 $46,927
Manassas 35,135 $70,141
Manassas Park 10,290 $61,075
Occoquan 759 $77,420
Quantico 561 $27,596

Starbucks in Dale City

(As of 2005)
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Safeway-Dale City
4215 Cheshire Station Plz
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