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Overview

Introduction to Annandale, Virginia

Annandale CDP (census-designated place) is located in Fairfax County. The Capital Beltway and Virginia State Route 236 are the primary roads in Annandale. The Accotink Creek runs through the city. A dam was constructed on the creek with the objective of creating Lake Accotink. The lake is a popular recreation area. The Fairfax Cross County Trail is situated along Accotink Creek and is a popular destination for hiking, jogging, bicycle riding as well as cross-country skiing. The trail travels through parks and forest areas. Accotink Creek also provides opportunities for fishing.

History

Col. William Fitzhugh purchased more than 24,000 acres in the area in 1685. Family members gave the acreage the name "Ravensworth." Col. Fitzhugh created one of the major Northern Virginia tobacco plantations on his land. Ravensworth was recognized as the largest piece of land granted in Northern Virginia.

A large number of French Huguenots left Europe due to religious persecution and some of them arrived in Ravensworth and made a deal with Fitzhugh to lease some of his property. However, the Huguenots discovered that life was very primitive in the area and a significant number of them moved out of Ravensworth. At a slow pace, future generations of Fitzhugh's family sold sections of the property.

In 1806 construction of the portion of the Little River Turnpike that ran through Annandale was finished. Annandale was now connected to Fairfax and Alexandria. In 1830 the plantation was no longer called Ravensworth. The area was now called Annandale named after the Scottish town situated along the Annan River. Most of the land in Annandale was utilized for farming by the new landowners. Farmhouses could be seen all over the countryside

Higher Education

Annandale is home to Northern Virginia Community College. The noteworthy Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art theater. The college is significantly involved with placing their graduates in four-year colleges by utilizing a preferred transfers system.

Historic Sites

There are numerous historic sites in the Annandale area including:

  • Barcroft Community House
  • Cherry Hill
  • Calvert Manor
  • Calendon School
  • Birch House
  • Oakton Trolley Station
  • Glebe
  • Moorefield

People

Total Population 42,893
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 22,247
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.6%
Median Earnings25+ $37,855
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,765
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,954

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,810
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 9.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,540
Median House Value $434,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.7%
Irish 5.8%

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

Annandale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 22003
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.83
Longitude -77.196

Annandale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station DALECARLIA RESERVOIR
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station WASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance 12.5 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
Alexandria 149,315 $109,075
Arlington 223,945 $140,838
Burke 42,205 $137,698
Falls Church 13,308 $165,430
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/.

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Annandale High Schools

ANNANDALE HIGH
4700 MEDFORD DR
703-642-4100
Serves 2,575 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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