ECONOMY IN ASHBURN
Located within the Dulles Technology Corridor, Ashburn is home to many high-tech businesses. World Trade Center Dulles Airport is currently under construction and will be the second World Trade Center in the state. Verizon Business has a major office in Ashburn at the location replacing MCI WorldCom‘s headquarters after its acquisition. Ashburn is also home to government contractor Telos.
The George Washington University‘s Virginia Science and Technology Campus and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute‘s Janelia Research Campus are located in Ashburn. Redskins Park, the training camp for the Washington Redskins football team of the National Football League, is also located in Ashburn. Wikimedia Foundation (parent of Wikipedia) has its primary data center in Ashburn.
EADS North America (the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company), renamed Airbus Group, Inc., a defense contractor headed by former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe, has a second location in Ashburn in addition to the main office in Herndon, Virginia.
The United States Census Bureau defines Ashburn as a census-designated place (CDP). As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 43,511 residents, while the larger ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) for Ashburn’s 20147 ZIP code contained 54,086 people.
Many of its residents commute into Washington, D.C. and the surrounding suburbs such as Tysons Corner and Reston to their places of employment. The median household income as of 2009 was $100,719. Median age in Ashburn is 31.6. Ashburn’s population is made up of 49% males and 51% females. The racial makeup of the CDP is White (71%), Asian/Pacific Islander (14%), African American (8%), Hispanic (7%), and Other race (7%). The total number of households accounted for in Ashburn was 22,555. The median household size is 2.9 persons. 98% percent of Ashburn residents have a high school degree. Some 42 percent of Ashburn’s population holds a four-year bachelor’s degree; 18 percent holds graduate degrees.
Homeowners formed 80 percent of the population. In addition, renters made up 13% of the population. There were 7% properties available as vacancies. The median age of housing was 5.0 years. The median housing value is at $345,000.
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN ASHBURN
One Loudoun, a new multimillion-dollar residential, sports, and entertainment development designed to be the downtown area of Loudoun County, and contains the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, restaurants, and housing, as well as the Edelman Financial Field, a planned baseball stadium designed to be the centerpiece of the area.
George Washington University and Strayer University have campuses in Ashburn. In December 2009, it was announced that George Mason University is planning to set up a campus in Ashburn, to be located at Exit 6 off the Dulles Greenway.
Educational institutions in Ashburn are operated by the Loudoun County Public Schools.
Ashburn’s elementary schools include Ashburn Elementary School, Belmont Station Elementary School, Cedar Lane Elementary School, Discovery Elementary School, Dominion Trail Elementary School, Hillside Elementary School, Legacy Elementary School, Creighton’s Corner Elementary, Mill Run Elementary School, Moorefield Station Elementary School, Newton-Lee Elementary School, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School, Sanders Corner Elementary School, and Steuart W. Weller Elementary School. Ashburn’s public middle schools include Eagle Ridge Middle School Eagle Ridge Middle School, Farmwell Station Middle School, Stone Hill Middle School, and Trailside Middle School. Public high schools in Ashburn include Briar Woods High School, Broad Run High School, Stone Bridge High School, Belmont Ridge Middle School, and Rock Ridge High School.
There are five private schools in Ashburn: Ideal Schools High School, St. Theresa Catholic School, Virginia Academy, Boyd School, and County Christian School.