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.


Total Population 60,112
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 34,642
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 51.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.8%
Median Earnings25+ $67,574
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,113
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,815


Median Family Income $131,264
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 8.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 7.4%


People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,657
Median House Value $468,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 10.1%
Irish 13.8%

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Annandale 42,893 $86,810
Fairfax 23,402 $124,547
Falls Church 13,308 $165,430
Herndon 24,384 $100,609
McLean 47,784 $212,588
Vienna 16,341 $152,668

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

Reston Hospitals

(703) 689-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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11400 S LAKES DR
Serves 1,657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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