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Annandale, Virginia
Suburban Annandale, 2015
Suburban Annandale, 2015
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Location of Annandale in Fairfax County, Virginia
Location of Annandale in Fairfax County, Virginia
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Flag of Fairfax County, Virginia.svg Fairfax
Settled 1685
Named for Annandale, United Kingdom
 • Total 7.86 sq mi (20.4 km2)
 • Land 7.86 sq mi (20.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
361 ft (110 m)
 • Total 41,008
 • Density 5,219.0/sq mi (2,015.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 703, 571
FIPS code 51-01912
GNIS feature ID 1492474

Annandale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia. The population of the CDP was 41,008 as of the 2010 United States Census.


Annandale derives its name from Annandale in Scotland.


Annandale is located at 38°50′3″N 77°12′41″W / 38.83417°N 77.21139°W / 38.83417; -77.21139 (38.834134, -77.211277). Annandale is mostly traversed by the Capital Beltway and Virginia State Route 236. The center of town is considered to be where Route 236, Columbia Pike, and Backlick Road meet around two miles (3 km) east of Interstate 495 on Route 236.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.86 square miles (20.4 km2), all of it land. The area is part of the coastal plain located just east of the Fall Line separating the coastal plain of Virginia from the piedmont. It is characterized by rolling hills, stream valleys, and heavy red clay soils.

The Annandale region is bisected by Accotink Creek, which in Colonial times was a primary link for ocean-going ships that would load tobacco and other goods where Little River Turnpike - Annandale's oldest road and the first toll road in America - crosses it. With the construction of the Springfield Dam in 1918, Lake Accotink was created to serve as a water source for World War I Army Camp A.A. Humphreys. In 1960, when the lake was no longer needed by the Army, the Fairfax County Park Authority leased the land and finally bought the site in 1965. Today, Lake Accotink is a popular recreation area with bike trails, fishing and boat rentals.

Also along Accotink Creek runs the Fairfax Cross County Trail (CCT) which provides uninterrupted hiking, biking, running and cross-country skiing for 20 miles (32 km) in Annandale. The CCT meanders through parks and forests filled with deer, fox, geese and numerous species of native birds. In the spring, Accotink Creek is stocked with trout and fishermen are often seen wading in its waters.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 27,405
1980 49,524 80.7%
1990 50,975 2.9%
2000 54,994 7.9%
2010 41,008 −25.4%
Est. 2013 42,008 2.4%
* U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 41,008 people, 14,184 households, and 9,790 families residing in the community. The sharp decrease in population from 54,994 in 2000 was due to the splitting off of the CDP's western portion to form the Wakefield and Woodburn CDPs. The population density in 2010 was 5,219.0 people per square mile (2,015.1/km²). There were 14,715 housing units at an average density of 1,872.1/sq mi (721.3/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 50.4% White, 24.6% Asian, 8.6% African American, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 11.6% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 27.6% of the population.

Shopping center in Annandale - 1
Annandale is noted for its large Korean population; note the Korean businesses in this shopping center

There were 14,184 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87, and the average family size was 3.32.

The age distribution of the community was 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.9 years. The gender makeup of the community was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

The median income for a household in the community was $75,871, and the median income for a family was $82,750. Males had a median income of $49,665 versus $44,303 for females. The community's per capita income was $35,146. About 5.2% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture

In the video game Fallout 3, the city is used as a location under the name Andale. The city is inhabited by a group of inbred cannibals who proudly go by the title of the "Friendliest Town in the USA."

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