Introduction to Herndon, Virginia

Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 2 miles W of Reston, Virginia (center to center) and 20 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is included in the Washington metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 21,655 people lived in Herndon.

Herndon History

Herndon was named after Commander William Lewis Herndon, an American naval explorer. He had captained the SS Central America and went down with the ship while trying to save more than 150 passengers and crew members. This area was named after Herndon in 1858. During the 1870s, several soldiers from the North settled down in Herndon with their families. The settlement developed into a center for dairy farming and tourism.

Herndon and nearby Attractions

  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum
  • Frying Pan Park
  • Mount Vernon
  • Wolf Trap National Park
  • Washington and Old Dominion Trail
  • Sully Plantation

Things To Do In Herndon

Herndon is a lively town which plays host to several celebrations throughout the year. Some of the unique local celebrations are the Taste of Town, held in the month of April, and the Herndon Festival, held in June. There are free weekly concerts every Friday night during the months of May and August. Herndon also has some historically interesting sites including the Herndon Depot Museum and the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Herndon Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport is nearby

Herndon Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are available at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Montgomery College.


Total Population 24,141
Male Share of the Population 52.5%
Female Share of the Population 47.5%
Senior Citizens 7.2%
Employed Population 16+ 14,323
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.7%
Median Earnings25+ $46,361
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,265
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,449


Median Family Income $100,062
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%


People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,733
Median House Value $382,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 6.5%

Herndon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Reston, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 20170, 20171, 20190, 20191, 20194
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20172, 20195
Company Zip Codes 20192, 20193, 20196, 22092, 22095, 22096
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.969
Longitude -77.386

Herndon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Oak Hill (20171)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clifton 254 $185,000
Fairfax 23,507 $121,961
Falls Church 13,074 $156,120
McLean 48,078 $213,510
Reston 59,217 $131,499
Vienna 16,173 $142,783
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Herndon High Schools

Serves 2,343 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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