Reston, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Reston, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Reston Census Designated Place had a population of 60,324 as of July 1, 2017. Reston 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 Reston is located at latitude 38.9484 and longitude -77.3422 in Fairfax County. The formal boundaries for the Reston Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0.33 sq. miles. Fairfax County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 331 feet.

The Reston Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389745) 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 Reston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Reston: Thornton Station, Thornton's Station, Wiehle.

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


Total Population 60,324
Daytime Population: Workers 59,234
Daytime Population: Residents 24,762
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 83,996
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.39
Population in Households 59,997
Population in Familes 44,725
Population in Group Qrtrs 327
Population Density2 3,938
Diversity Index3 65


Median Household Income $108,358
Average Household Income $140,887
Per Capita Income $61,092


Total Housing Units 27,765 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,349 (58.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,009 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,408 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $480,921
Average Home Value $536,415


Total Households 26,357
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 15,217
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 0.45% 0.55%
Households 0.45% 0.54%
Families 0.38% 0.4%
Median Household Income   1.25%
Per Capita Income   2.17%

Reston, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Reston 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 # 15 98th
Population Density # 55 91st
Diversity Index # 104 83rd
Median Household Income # 69 89th
Per Capita Income # 29 95th

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