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Dale City, Virginia
The Friendliest Little City Around
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince William
 • Total 14.25 sq mi (39.0 km2)
 • Land 14.23 sq mi (39.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.0 km2)
230 ft (70 m)
 • Total 73,384
 • Density 5,156.9/sq mi (1,881.6/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 571, 703
FIPS code 51-21088
GNIS feature ID 1496866

Dale City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States, located 25 miles south west of Washington, D.C. It is an annex of Woodbridge, Virginia. As of 2017, the total population was 73,384. The community is roughly bounded by Hoadly Road to the northwest, Prince William Parkway to the north, Smoketown Road to the northeast, Gideon Drive to the east, and Cardinal Drive to the south.


Dale City was the idea of a real estate developer, Cecil Don Hylton. Many myths surround Hylton and his choice of names for the community. Many erroneously believe Hylton's middle name was "Dale". He actually chose the term because it aptly describes the "hills and dales" of the rolling Virginia Piedmont,

His company, Hylton Enterprises, began Dale City approximately 1 mile east of Interstate 95 and continued to build west towards Hoadly Road (State Route 642).

Several places in Dale City are named after Hylton, such as C.D. Hylton High School and the Hylton Memorial Chapel. More recently, the Hylton Foundation underwrote a major new addition to Potomac Hospital in nearby Woodbridge, Virginia. As Dale City is nearing completion,[by how much?] Hylton companies have branched into new markets, especially real estate of existing houses. Hylton Realty now sells property in and near Dale City. Hylton Enterprises manages commercial properties still controlled by the Hylton family, including several shopping centers, as well as several oddly-shaped parcels of unimproved land. These parcels were land that could not be built on or were proffered to the county; Andrew Leitch Park is one such parcel that has been given to the local Park Authority.

Because Dale City was built before most of eastern Prince William County was developed, it has its own water and sewer systems, separate from the ones in Occoquan, Woodbridge, Dumfries, Triangle, and Lake Ridge. Water service is provided by Virginia-American Water Company, and since 2013, Virginia-American also provides sewer service to Dale City through their purchase of the Dale Service Corporation.

Russell House and Store is a historic early 19th century group of buildings, located on Minnieville Road.


Each of the communities (often referred to as neighborhoods) ends in 'dale'. The streets along Dale Boulevard (generally) proceed alphabetically when followed from East to West starting from Gideon Blvd. and ending at Hoadly Rd.: Ashdale, Birchdale, Barksdale, Cherrydale, Cloverdale, Darbydale, Evansdale, Forestdale, Glendale, Hillendale, (I and J were skipped), Kerrydale, Kirkdale, Lindendale, Mapledale, Nottingdale, (Oakridge is the only exception), Princedale, Queensdale, Ridgedale, Silverdale, and Trentdale. Most street names in each neighborhood begin with the first letter of the neighborhood.

Attractions and culture

Dale City is near Potomac Mills Mall, the second largest shopping mall in Northern Virginia, and the largest outlet mall in the United States .

Across from the Nottingdale and next to the Mapledale communities is Andrew Leitch Park. This neighborhood park is home to Waterworks Waterpark. Some of the features at the water park include a beach pool entry, enclosed speed slide, circular open slide, three jungle walks, baby pool, beach volleyball, shade pavilions, and full-service concessions.


Dale City is located at 38°38′54″N 77°20′32″W / 38.64833°N 77.34222°W / 38.64833; -77.34222 (38.648284, -77.342350).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.0 square miles (39.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the 2010 census, the racial breakdown was as follows:

  • 35.1% White
  • 28.8% Black
  • 7.9% Asian
  • 0.7% Native American or Native Alaskan
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 27.2% Hispanic (10.7% Salvadoran, 3.6% Mexican, 2.3% Puerto Rican, 1.4% Honduran, 1.3% Guatemalan, 1.2% Peruvian, 1.0% Bolivian)

According to the U.S. census American Community Survey of 2006, there were 63,616 people, 20,866 households, and 17,072 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,241.1 people per square mile (1,631.2/km2). There were 22,054 housing units at an average density of 1,470.3/sq mi (535/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 43.4% White, 21.06% African American, 0.2% Native American, 11.22% Asian, 0.45% Pacific Islander, 19.12% from other races, and 4.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.28% of the population. In addition, 31.3% of Dale City's population is foreign born.

There were 20,866 households, out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 29.1% under the age of 18 and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $71,179, and the median income for a family was $72,021 (these figures had risen to $79,075 and $80,382 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,920 versus $43,389 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,864. About 3.3% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

Dale City is part of Virginia's 31st House of Delegates district; as of 10 January  2018 (2018 -01-10), residents are represented by Elizabeth Guzmán.


The Consulate-General of El Salvador in Woodbridge is located at 14572 Potomac Mills Road in the Dale City CDP.

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