Reston, Virginia

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Reston, Virginia

Introduction to Reston, Virginia

Reston, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 18 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is in the Washington area. There are 56,407 residents in Reston.

Reston History

During the 18th century, the area now known as Reston was owned by Lord Fairfax. In the 1880s, C.A. Wiehle bought the land which was later sold to A. Smith Bowman. He constructed a bourbon distillery on the site, while the rest of the area was farmland. In 1961, Robert E. Simon bought most of this land, except for the area which held the distillery. This distillery was in operation until 1987. It was Simon who conceived of Reston as a planned community. It was founded on April 20, 1964, and named after Simon’s initials. It is currently an unincorporated census-designated place in the western Fairfax County of Virginia.

Reston and nearby Attractions

  • Reston Regional Library
  • John Wesley Powell Federal Building
  • A Smith Bowman House
  • Lake Fairfax
  • Reston Golf Course
  • Lake Fairfax County Park

Things To Do In Reston

While in Reston, one can pay a visit to Reston Town Center, Reston Industrial Venture Park, Reston Visitor Center, A Smith Bowman House, and John Wesley Powell Federal Building. For those interested in the local history and culture, a visit to the U.S. Geological Survey Clarence King Library or Reston Regional Library may prove fruitful. Tthe town also has several beautiful lakes and creeks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Newport, Lake Thoreau, Stave Run, and Dog Run. The churches and cemeteries are also worth visiting. Lake Anne Plaza Shopping Center and Hunters Woods Village Center Shopping Center provide a host of entertainment facilities for visitors. In addition, every year there are many celebrations in the town such as the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and the Reston Festival.

Reston Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport is nearby.

Reston Higher Education

Residents of Reston can enroll at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Montgomery College, and Marymount University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Reston Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Reston Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Reston College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Reston Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 8% Reston Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 9% Reston People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 10% Reston Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 11% Reston Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Reston, Virginia

Comparing Reston 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 Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Racial Diversity 7 9
Age of the Population 7 3
Male Share of the Population 7 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Female Share of the Population 4 2
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 8
Average Household Size 4 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Housing Recently Built 9 10
People Living Alone 7 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Reston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 18 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 20190, 20191, 20194
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20195
Company Zip Codes 20192, 20193, 20196, 22095, 22096
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.968
Longitude -77.341

Reston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.7 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 13.7 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 19.8 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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Reston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 56,407 100%
Male 27,565 48.9%
Female 28,842 51.1%
Under 18 12,694 22.5%
18+ 43,713 77.5%
65+ 4,123 7.3%
Median Age 36.2
Average Family Size 2.99
White 41,528 73.6%
African-American 5,145 9.1%
Asian 5,427 9.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 141 0.2%
Other 2,323 4.1%
Mixed Race 1,821 3.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,699 10.1%

Reston 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) 30.4%
German 10.8%
English 10.4%
Irish 10%
US/American 5.2%
Italian 4.8%
Scottish 2.4%
Polish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
European 1.6%
Russian 1.6%
African 1.3%
British 1.1%
Iranian 1.1%
Swedish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Afghan 0.6%
Austrian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Ghanian 0.3%
Egyptian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Liberian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Jordanian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Reston 56,407 $94,061
Annandale 54,994 $80,459
Fairfax 21,498 $78,921
Falls Church 10,377 $97,225
Herndon 21,655 $79,140
McLean 38,929 $137,610
Vienna 14,453 $93,043

Reston Hospitals

(703) 689-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Plaza America
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Serves 1,657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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