Introduction to Leesburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun county, is 15 miles NW of Reston, Virginia (center to center) and 33 miles NW of Washington, District of Columbia. Part of the surrounding Washington metro area, the town is not an isolated town. Leesburg is home to some 28,311 residents.

Leesburg History

Leesburg was founded sometime before 1755 by Nicholas Minor. He bought land near the intersection of Potomac Ridge Road and Old Carolina Road and built a tavern. Though growth was very slow, Nicholas Minor named settlements around the tavern "George Town". The village started developing after the establishment of a Court House in the area in 1758. In the same year the Virginia General Assembly officially established the town of Leesburg.

Leesburg and nearby Attractions

  • Dodona Manor
  • Morven Park
  • Oatlands Plantation
  • White's Ferry
  • Exeter Plantation
  • Leesburg Animal Park

Things To Do In Leesburg

Leesburg’s Historic District is mentioned in the National Register of Historic Places. It is acknowledged to be among the most picturesque and best preserved downtowns in Virginia. Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail stretches over a distance of 45 miles and is popular among joggers, bikers, and hikers. The Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary, located towards the west of Leesburg, has a mansion as well as a nature reserve.

Leesburg Transportation

Flights can be availed from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Leesburg Higher Education

George Mason University, Montgomery College, and Frederick Community College offer courses for higher studies.


Total Population 47,872
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 7%
Employed Population 16+ 26,401
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 56.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.4%
Median Earnings25+ $52,467
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,744
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,315


Median Family Income $116,034
% Above Poverty Level 94.2%
% Below Poverty Level 5.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%


People Living Alone 18.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,380
Median House Value $382,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.1%
Irish 10.2%

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

Leesburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Reston, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Loudoun
Standard Zip Codes 20175, 20176
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20177, 20178
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.115
Longitude -77.563

Leesburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.6 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
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 80 F
Oct Temp 45 to 61 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lansdowne (20176)

Lucketts (20176)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hamilton 463 $123,125
Lovettsville 2,022 $108,155
Middleburg 689 $71,786
Purcellville 8,658 $131,801
Reston 60,112 $131,264
Round Hill 541 $116,250

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

Leesburg Public Libraries

Loudoun County Public Library
Leesburg, Virginia
(703) 777-0368

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Leesburg Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(703) 777-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Leesburg High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 12

Serves 1,112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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