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Centreville, VA


Centreville, VA

Centreville is an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau as a Census Designated Place (CDP), the community population was 71,135 as of the 2010 census and is approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Washington, DC.

Beginning in the 1760s, the area was known as Newgate due to the popularity of the conveniently-located Newgate tavern. William Carr Lane operated the tavern and was co-proprietor of a nearby store with James Lane, Jr. The Lanes sold convicted servants, which may explain why the tavern had the same name as a London prison. The small stream that passed near the tavern was named the River Thames, another London association.

The town of Centerville (shortly thereafter spelled Centreville) was established in 1792 on the turnpike road at the village of Newgate by the Virginia General Assembly in response to petitions by local landowners. The petitioners reasoned that a town on the turnpike road leading from the Northwest Territory and centrally located to Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, George Town (later Georgetown), Fauquier Court House (later Warrenton), and Leesburg would be convenient. The town acquired its name due to its central location. James Hardage Lane, one of the landowners, conceived the idea of the town as a way to provide financial support to his widow and their children.[8] At the town's inception, it was within the boundary of Loudoun County, Virginia, and became part of Fairfax County, Virginia in 1798 when the boundary between the two counties shifted.

Town development established a pattern of mixed residential and commercial use. Frame houses, several taverns, stores, blacksmith shops, tanyards, and a school house were constructed on the 1/2 acre town lots.

Main street and church guarded by Union soldiers, Centreville, Virginia, May 1862. In the Civil War, several battles were fought nearby including the First Battle of Manassas, the Second Battle of Manassas, and the Battle of Chantilly. During the winter of 1861 and early 1862 the town was significantly fortified by the Confederacy and served as a supply depot for both sides at various points in the war, and is famous for being the site of the construction of the first railroad ever built exclusively for military use, the Centreville Military Railroad. Centreville was of significant strategic value due to its proximity to several important roads, while its position atop a high ridge provided a commanding view of the surrounding area. The town was frequently associated with Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby, whose partisan rangers used its hillsides and farms as a base of operations, leading to the sobriquet of Mosby's Confederacy.

In 1943, Centreville was still so small that a state map book individually, on a map of the entire county, indicated each building in the town (and also misspelled its name). In more recent times, Centreville has become a suburb of Washington, D.C. Most growth occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s due the influx of technology companies. Now, Centreville is quite a typical wealthy American suburb, composed of luxury townhomes, strip malls, a movie theater, and large housing developments. Local newspapers such as the The CentreView and the Fairfax Times now record local events and happenings in the community and surrounding communities such as Clifton.

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Demographics

As of the 2010 census[1], there is a population of 71,135 people and 25,516 households in the CDP. The population density was 5,908/sq mi people per square mile (2,281/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 57.0%% White, 25.7% Asian, 7.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latinos of any race were 13.4% of the population. According to the 2000 census, there were 21,789 households, out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.27. In the CDP, the population is spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 43.7% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 3.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there are 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP was $87,932, and the median income for a family was $105,803. Males had a median income of $70,123 versus $41,117 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $40,878. About 2.0% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
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Centreville Entertainment

Aside from all of the many things to see and do in the surrounding areas, there are multiple things that are within Centreville, or very close by, and that Centreville or the surrounding area provides to its guests and residents:

While you are in Virginia, don't forget to visit the beaches, the beautiful vineyards and enjoy the multiple state and national parks that are available to you, as well as historic Williamsburg, which is a wonderful day trip from the Centreville area. The National Firearms Museum in Fairfax county houses one of the largest collections of firearms in the US and is well worth seeing.

Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts is something you certainly can't go away without viewing. Make arrangements to take in a show.

Claude Moore Colonial Farms is absolutely amazing and something that is a must see for anyone who loves history, and even those who don't. It is a reconstructed farm from the revolutionary war era, and is worked each day using the same tools and the same methods that the farmers in that era used. You will see the actual life of a family living on a small farm during the American Revolution. The staff is dressed in full period clothing and all instruments are authentic.

Maybe there are a lot of reasons someone would want to live in a larger city than the relatively small-sized city of Centreville, VA, but if that's you're thinking going into it, you've obviously never experienced everything Centreville has to offer. Located along interstate 66 on the far outskirts of the Washington D.C. metro area, Centreville boasts a fantastic community, award winning schools, and top flight neighborhoods that really can't be beat.

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