Introduction to Front Royal, Virginia

Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren county, is 46 miles W of Reston, Virginia (center to center) and 63 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is located in the Washington metropolitan area. Front Royal has a population of 13,589.

Front Royal History

The origin of this town’s name is not certain. According to one theory, the early French settlers called this area "le front royal" which meant "the British frontier." The name referred to the land grant that was made by King Charles II. Front Royal was also known as "Loce" and "Helltown" during the 18th century. During this period, rough and wild river travelers and mountaineers came looking for alcohol and women in this area, which is why it was called "Helltown". The area had its first rail road in 1854.

Front Royal and nearby Attractions

  • Happy Creek Industrial Park
  • White Oaks Farm
  • Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
  • Crosby Stadium
  • Skyline Caverns
  • Constitution Oak Plaza Shopping Center

Things To Do In Front Royal

The most popular tourist attractions in this area include the Skyline Caverns and Skyline Drive. The northern entrance to the Shenandoah National Park is also in this area. The town has many attractions dating back to the American Civil War. Front Royal is also known as the "Canoe Capital of Virginia" because it offers excellent opportunities for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and tubing.

Front Royal Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Front Royal Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available at the local Christendom College. Other colleges in neighboring areas include Lord Fairfax Community College and Shenandoah University.


Total Population 14,846
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,744
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,450
% Above Poverty Level 86.1%
% Below Poverty Level 13.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $878
Median House Value $170,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.5%
US/American 0%
English 11.1%
Irish 12.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Front Royal Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles W of Reston, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County Warren
Standard Zip Codes 22630
Phone Area Codes 540
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.918
Longitude -78.194

Front Royal Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 41 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.1 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Chester Gap (22623)

Riverton (22630)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boyce 775 $82,679
Middletown 1,537 $70,096
Strasburg 6,506 $60,426
Toms Brook 337 $67,917
Washington 136 $108,542

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Front Royal Public Libraries

Samuels Public Library
Front Royal, Virginia
(540) 635-3153

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Front Royal Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(703) 636-0300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Front Royal High Schools

Serves 1,122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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