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Lorton, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Lorton Census Designated Place had a population of 19,740 as of July 1, 2017. Lorton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lorton is located at latitude 38.6987 and longitude -77.2167 in Fairfax County. The formal boundaries for the Lorton Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Fairfax County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 138 feet.

The Lorton Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2390093) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lorton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Lorton, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 19,740
Daytime Population: Workers 6,306
Daytime Population: Residents 8,775
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 15,081
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.76
Population in Households 19,618
Population in Familes 16,630
Population in Group Qrtrs 122
Population Density2 3,726
Diversity Index3 82


Median Household Income $90,484
Average Household Income $110,954
Per Capita Income $37,574


Total Housing Units 6,986 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,615 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,035 (43.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 336 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $406,516
Average Home Value $431,176


Total Households 6,650
Average Household Size 2.95
Family Households 4,773
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.82% 0.73%
Households 0.48% 0.59%
Families 0.4% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   2.7%

Lorton, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lorton to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 58 90th
Population Density # 62 90th
Diversity Index # 24 96th
Median Household Income # 101 83rd
Per Capita Income # 127 79th

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