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Woodbridge, Virginia

Woodbridge, Virginia
Census-designated place
Woodbridge Railway Station
Woodbridge Railway Station
Nickname(s): Wonderful Woodbridge
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Woodbridge, Virginia is located in Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince William
Area
 • Total 10.8 sq mi (28.0 km2)
 • Land 10.5 sq mi (27.1 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 75 ft (23 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,055
 • Density 380/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 22191–22195
Area code(s) 571, 703
FIPS code 51-87312[1]
GNIS feature ID 1497222[2]

Woodbridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States, located 20 miles (32 km) south of Washington, D.C.[3] Bounded by the Occoquan and Potomac rivers, Woodbridge Magisterial District had 54,275 residents at the 2010 census.[4] The Woodbridge census-designated place comprises just one portion of the magisterial district and had a population of 4,055 in the 2010 census.[4] The census-designated place consists solely of the section north of Occoquan Road and Dawson Beach Road, and east of Interstate 95.

Woodbridge offers a variety of amenities for residents and visitors, including the Potomac Mills shopping mall and the Potomac Festival Shopping Centers. Woodbridge is served by the Prince William County Public Schools, and the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College borders the district. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, formerly Potomac Hospital, recently expanded and now has the capacity to serve 183 patients.[5] Transportation includes access to Interstate 95, two VRE commuter train stations, bus service, and a local “slugging” system, offering residents a variety of transit options.

Woodbridge offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for resident and visitors. The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a natural habitat for a variety of plant and animal life including the bald eagles and ospreys. Veteran’s Park and Leesylvania State Park are located on the Potomac River and provide swimming, boating, picnic and hiking services. Close by is Rippon Lodge, the oldest house in Prince William County, which is open for tours throughout the summer. Trails at Leesylvania Park lead to the ancestral home of the Lee family.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
    • Public schools 4.1
    • Private education 4.2
  • Attractions and culture 5
    • Recreation 5.1
  • Transportation 6
  • Nearby towns 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

Woodbridge was established as a town, after being a municipality composed largely of either farms or industrial complexes. Later, Woodbridge became the hub that formed the annex of sorts of Thomas Mason's 1795 wooden toll bridge built to supplant the existing ferry, carrying the King's Highway traffic across the Occoquan River. Mason's Woodbridge Plantation was located in the area of the present day Belmont Bay golf course community.

The Freestone Point Confederate Battery and Rippon Lodge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Geography

Woodbridge is at (38.643517, −77.260843).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2000, the CDP has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28 km2), of which 10.5 square miles (27 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 2.87%, is water. Woodbridge is about 20 miles (32 km) from Washington, D.C.

The 2010 census reconfigured Woodbridge so that the majority of its land area was redesignated Marumsco and Neabsco, Virginia. The southern border of Woodbridge is now Occoquan Road. The area between Occoquan Road and Opitz Boulevard–Rippon Boulevard is now Marumsco. All of the former Woodbridge CDP south of those streets has been designated as Neabsco. However, these areas continue to have postal addresses in "Woodbridge," which is served by a post office in Marumsco.[3]

Climate

Woodbridge has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Woodbridge
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 43
(6)
47
(8)
56
(13)
67
(19)
75
(24)
84
(29)
88
(31)
86
(30)
79
(26)
68
(20)
58
(14)
48
(9)
66.6
(19.1)
Average low °F (°C) 26
(−3)
29
(−2)
36
(2)
45
(7)
54
(12)
64
(18)
69
(21)
67
(19)
61
(16)
48
(9)
38
(3)
31
(−1)
47.3
(8.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.33
(84.6)
2.75
(69.9)
3.69
(93.7)
2.97
(75.4)
3.78
(96)
3.06
(77.7)
3.72
(94.5)
3.43
(87.1)
3.96
(100.6)
3.34
(84.8)
3.51
(89.2)
3.17
(80.5)
40.71
(1,034)
Source: [8]

Demographics

As of the 2010 Census, the Woodbridge Magisterial District had 54,275 residents with 17,796 households. The racial demographics were as follows:

  • 56% White
  • 23% Black
  • 4% Asian
  • 0.55% Native American
  • 0.17% Pacific Islander
  • 19% Hispanic (13.1% Salvadoran, 5.8% Mexican, 2.1% Puerto Rican, 2.0% Honduran, 1.3% Guatemalan, 1.3% Peruvian)

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,941 people, 10,687 households, and 7,769 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,047.8 people per square mile (1,176.8/km²). There were 11,026 housing units at an average density of 1,052.1/sq mi (406.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 56.34% White, 23.45% African American, 0.55% Native American, 4.90% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 9.62% from other races, and 4.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.07% of the population.

There were 10,687 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. Of all households 20.4% were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $50,525, and the median income for a family was $52,362. Males had a median income of $35,538 versus $28,587 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,810. About 4.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

The estimate median house or condo value was $294,156 as of 2008.[12] As of 2013, the average home sale price was $222,940.[13]

Education

Public schools

Woodbridge has a total of seven public high schools as well as ten elementary and middle schools.[12]

The public high schools include:[12]

The middle schools include:[12]

  • Fred Lynn Middle School
  • Lake Ridge Middle School
  • Mills E. Godwin Middle School
  • Potomac Middle School
  • Rippon Middle School.
  • Stuart M. Beville Middle School
  • Woodbridge Middle School

The elementary schools include:[12]

  • Dale City Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary School
  • Leesylvania Elementary School
  • Neabsco Elementary School
  • Marumsco Hills Elementary School
  • Occoquan Elementary School
  • Potomac View Elementary School
  • River Oaks Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School
  • Springwoods Elementary School
  • Sonnie Penn Elementary School
  • Ashland Elementary School

Private education

Colleges:

  • Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge Campus
  • Stratford University
  • Valley Forge Christian College Woodbridge Campus

Private high schools:[12]

  • Heritage Christian School (K–12)
  • Christ Chapel Academy (K–12)

Private middle schools, elementary schools, and preschools:[12]

  • Academy Day Care (Pre-1)
  • Cardinal Montessori School (Pre-4)
  • Christ Chapel Children's Center (Pre-7)
  • Cloverdale School (Pre-2)
  • Manassas Christian School
  • Manassas Christian School Academy
  • Minnieland Private Day School (Pre-K)
  • Prince William Academy (Pre-8)
  • Riverview Baptist Day School (Pre-K)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School (Grades: Pre-8)
  • Young World Development Center (Pre-4)

Attractions and culture

Woodbridge experienced its current development boom in the mid-1980s, after being a municipality composed largely of either farms or industrial complexes, as an annex of sorts of Dale City, which had previously been forged as a planned community in the 1960s and 1970s.

Woodbridge is home to Potomac Mills Mall (managed by Simon Property Group), one of the largest shopping centers in northern Virginia. Woodbridge is a suburban city because many of its residents are employed in nearby Washington, D.C.

Due in part to the I-95 and I-66 HOV waiver given to hybrid vehicles, many D.C. government workers have relocated to the area to take advantage of the lower-priced housing. However, in July 2006, the hybrid/HOV privilege was revoked. Vehicles registered prior to July 2006 were exempted from occupancy requirements in all (HOV) facilities in Virginia until July 1, 2009.

Other cultural resources include Rippon Lodge, the oldest house in Prince William County, which was opened as a park and museum in October 2007.

Recreation

Woodbridge is the home of the Northern Virginia Royals soccer club and the Potomac Nationals minor league baseball club.[14]

Other activities in the area include roller skating, and in addition to the rink itself you can even go for a meal in one of the local eateries and be served by waitresses on roller skates for that full on Sparky 50s style evening.

Transportation

Prince William Parkway serves as the backbone of the region. It links the city to I-95 and runs through the middle of the Woodbridge Magisterial District. Virginia Route 123 connects the I-95 corridor and U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) to points west and north and ultimately terminates in McLean, Virginia. Marumsco has the Prince William Parkway (Virginia Route 3000) as an east-west highway, and Neabsco is served by Rippon Boulevard and Cardinal Drive.[3] The area is also served by the Virginia Railway Express Fredericksburg Line.

Nearby towns

See also

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ a b c Morello, Carol (February 11, 2011). "Welcome to Woodbridge. Er, make that... Marumsco?". Washington Post. p. B1. 
  4. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Woodbridge district, Prince William County, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center". http://www.sentara.com/. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  8. ^ "Average weather for Woodbridge". Weather.com. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  9. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790–2000)".  
  10. ^ Area reported as Woodbridge-Marumsco during the 1970 census.
  11. ^ Most of Woodbridge's census area was lost to newly created Marumsco CDP, which recorded a population of 35,036 in 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Woodbridge, Virginia (VA) profile". City-data.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  13. ^ "Neighborhoods: Woodbridge (Prince William County, VA)". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Potomac Nationals' Official site". minorleaguebaseball.com. May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

External links

  • Prince William County Government
  • Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Vol. Fire Department
  • North Woodbridge Future Looks Bright – May 18, 2010 Prince William County Press Release
  • Accommodations
  • Things To Do Near Woodbridge
  • Woodbridge, Virginia at DMOZ
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