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Lorton, VA


Lorton, VA

Lorton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Lorton is located at 38°42′18″N 77°14′1″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.5 square miles (32.3 km²), of which, 12.4 square miles (32.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.72%) is water. Additionally, Lorton can be considered low-lying as compared to most of Fairfax County.

Lorton is named for a village in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in England, the hometown of Joseph Plaskett who settled in the area running a general store and opened the Lorton Valley, Virginia Post Office on November 11, 1875.

Lorton is also is one of the two stations that serves Amtrak's Auto Train which carries passengers and their vehicles non-stop to Sanford, FL, about 30 minutes away from Orlando, FL. The Lorton and Occoquan Railroad once operated between the Lorton Reformatory and Occoquan, Virginia, with connection to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad.

Historic landmarks include Gunston Hall, George Mason's Home, Pohick Church with George Washington's box, Belvoir which was George Fairfax's home, and now Fort Belvoir Army Corps of Engineer base and Cranford Church. Woodlawn Plantation and Mt. Vernon, George Washington's Home on the Potomac River lie just to the North.

Lorton is part of the Fairfax Public School System. There are six elementary schools to serve Lorton residents, Gunston Elementary, Lorton Station, Silverbrook, Laurel Hill, and Halley. Hayfield Secondary School used to be the only public high school for Lorton area students, but they may now alternatively attend South County Secondary School.

Fairfax County Public Library operates the Lorton Library in the CDP. Considerable development has taken place in Lorton during the last few years, including on the former prison grounds.

Gunston Plaza Shopping Center includes a post office, Virginia DMV service center, medical clinic, dry cleaner, small office building, Dollar Tree, Bloom grocery, Ride Aid, Golds Gym, High's, Polo Grill, Vinny's, Dominoes Pizza, Papa Johns Pizza, SunTrust Bank, McDonalds, senior citizens' center, Mexican/Salvadoran restaurant, florist, computer store, and other small shops. Construction is underway in Fall 2010 right across Lorton Road at Route 1 where a bank and pharmacy will be located.

Library services in the area have expanded from bookmobile service to a store front library and now to a 10,000-square-foot (929.03 m2) building. The Lorton Heritage Society has developed the Lorton History Garden on the library's south side. Lorton is also the home to the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant. The Noman Cole facility is the largest advanced waste water treatment plant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2008 estimate, there were 27,709 people, 9,055 households, and 6,308 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,436.6 people per square mile (554.7/km²). There were 5,892 housing units at an average density of 475.9/sq mi (183.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 48.95% White, 34.66% African American, 0.29% Native American, 7.63% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.92% from other races, and 4.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.74% of the population.

There were 5,663 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.21. Of the 2,616 people residing outside households (i.e. in group quarters), the vast majority were inmates at Lorton Reformatory, which was located within the CDP's bounds and would close the year following the 2000 census.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 45.2% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 125.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.6 males.
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Population

Total Population 23,475
Population Density 1,865 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 11,062
Male Population 12,413
Population Change since 1990 ↑  49% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑  32% Increase
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Colleges

Nearest 2-Year Public College Itt Technical Institute
Distance 3 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College George Mason University
Distance 10 miles
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 7,739
Family Households 5,037
Average Family Size 3.54
Average Household Income $ 80,546
Median Household Income $ 63,354
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 4% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.26
Crime Risk (County) 0.21
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.28
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.31
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.30
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.14
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.59
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.26
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.81
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.45
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.54
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Climate

Average July High Temperature 87.6 °F
Average January Low Temperature 26.0 °F
Annual Precipitation 40.7 inches
Air Pollution Index 84% of National Average
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Miscellaneous

Sales Tax Rate 5.00%
Nearest Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National
Distance 15 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Potomac Nationals (a)
Distance 8 miles
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Transportation

Rail

Lorton VRE Station
The Lorton VRE station is located at 8990 Lorton Station Boulevard. It is currently serviced by the VRE Fredericksburg Line which runs between Fredericksburg Station in Fredericksburg, VA and Union Station in Washington DC. This station is one mile north from the Amtrak Auto Train Lorton station.

Lorton Amtrak Station
The Lorton Amtrak Station is the northern terminal for Amtrak's Auto Train which runs between this station and the Sanford Station in Sanford, Florida.

Bus

Fairfax Connector
Routes 171 & 307

Vamoose Bus
Vamoose Bus, a privately owned company, provides daily transportation from the Lorton VRE Station parking lot to Penn Station/Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

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The Out Doors

Lorton, VA is a great place to live! With considerable development taking place in the last few years, appreciation for homes is on the rise as well as the economy of the community. The town of Lorton is home to the Gunston Plaza Shopping Center, the largest shopping center in the city and surrounding areas.

This Plaza is home to restaurants, business offices, a senior citizen center, medical clinic and number of shops and a post office!

Lorton is also home to the Army’s Fort Belvoir. Due to the recent increase of military occupants enlisted at the post, military housing options have become more popular for those relocating to Lorton.

Fairfax County boasts the highest median income in the state, with convenient access to Washington, D.C. Northern Virginia is a great place to purchase real estate with properties values increasing much faster then the national average.

Enjoy a home in a nice and quiet neighborhood or a home along the Potomac River. A variety of housing options are available within the Lorton area, guaranteed to please any budget. The public schools of Lorton are some of the best in the country. Find out the true meaning of a great neighborhood and community when discovering and meeting your Lorton neighbors.

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