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Vienna, Virginia
Street scene in Vienna
Street scene in Vienna
Official seal of Vienna, Virginia
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Location of Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia
Location of Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia
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Coordinates: 38°54′N 77°16′W / 38.900°N 77.267°W / 38.900; -77.267Coordinates: 38°54′N 77°16′W / 38.900°N 77.267°W / 38.900; -77.267
Country  United States
State  Virginia
County Fairfax
Incorporated 1890
Settled 1754
Government
 • Type Council-manager government
Area
 • Total 4.41 sq mi (11.42 km2)
 • Land 4.40 sq mi (11.40 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
358 ft (109 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,687
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,485
 • Density 3,760.16/sq mi (1,451.69/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
22180-22183, 22185
Area code(s) 571 and 703
FIPS code 51-81072
GNIS feature ID 1500258

Vienna is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 15,687. Significantly more people live in ZIP codes with the Vienna postal addresses (22180, 22181, and 22182), bordered approximately by Interstate 66 on the south, Interstate 495 on the east, Route 7 to the north, and Hunter Mill Road to the west, than in the town itself.

History

Vienna, VA 22180, USA - panoramio - Idawriter
War memorial in Vienna

Non-native settlement in the region dates to ca. 1740. In 1754, prominent soldier and land owner Colonel Charles Broadwater settled within the town boundaries. Broadwater's son-in-law, John Hunter built the first recorded house there in 1767, naming it Ayr Hill (recalling his birthplace, Ayr, Scotland.) That name was subsequently applied to the tiny, developing community. The name of the town was changed in the 1850s, when a doctor named William Hendrick settled there on the condition that the town would rename itself after his hometown, Phelps, New York, then known as Vienna.

On June 17, 1861 a relatively minor but widely noted military engagement occurred there, the Battle of Vienna, one of the earliest armed clashes of the Civil War. A would-be Union occupation unit under Brig. Gen. Robert C. Schenck approached Vienna from the east by train but was ambushed and forced to retreat by a superior Confederate force led by Colonel Maxcy Gregg. Today, several historical markers in Vienna detail its Civil War history.

The First Baptist Church of Vienna was founded in 1867, and the original church structure was built using Union Army barracks lumber obtained through the Freedmen's Bureau. This church building was also the town's first black public school. The first white public school was built in 1872. A permanent black elementary school was built, which was later named for its long-time principal, Louise Archer. Fairfax County Schools were completely desegregated by the Fall of 1965.

Robert Hanssen was arrested in Vienna in 2001 for spying for the Russian intelligence service (and previously the KGB). His home was outside the town but had a Vienna mailing address. He used dead drops in nearby Foxstone Park to deliver U.S. government secrets to his handlers, and to collect cash or diamonds in exchange. Hanssen was sentenced that year to serve multiple life terms in prison.

Geography

Vienna postal area and city limits
The Vienna, VA postal area (pink) compared to the town limits (red).

Vienna is located at 38°54′N 77°16′W / 38.900°N 77.267°W / 38.900; -77.267 (38.8991, −77.2607), at an elevation of 358 feet (109 meters). It lies in the Piedmont approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 km) southwest of the Potomac River. Wolftrap Creek, a tributary of nearby Difficult Run, flows north from its source in the eastern part of town. The Bear Branch of Accotink Creek, a Potomac tributary, flows south from its source in the southern part of town. Located in Northern Virginia on Interstate 66, Vienna is 12 miles (19 km) west of Washington, D.C. and 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Fairfax, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.5 km²), all of it land. As a suburb of Washington, D.C., Vienna is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the larger Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. It is bordered on all sides by other Washington suburbs, including: Wolf Trap to the north, Tysons Corner to the northeast, Dunn Loring to the east, Merrifield to the south, and Oakton to the west. These communities are unincorporated, and portions of them lie in ZIP codes with Vienna postal addresses despite lying outside the town's borders.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 136
1900 317
1910 578 82.3%
1920 773 33.7%
1930 903 16.8%
1940 1,237 37.0%
1950 2,029 64.0%
1960 11,440 463.8%
1970 17,146 49.9%
1980 15,469 −9.8%
1990 14,852 −4.0%
2000 14,453 −2.7%
2010 15,687 8.5%
2019 (est.) 16,485 5.1%
* U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 15,687 people, 5,528 households, and 4,215 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,565.2 per square mile (1,376.5/km2). There were 5,686 housing units at an average density of 1,292.3 per square mile (494.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 75.5% White, 12.1% Asian, 3.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 5.3% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.0% of the population.

There were 5,528 households, out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84, and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males age 18 and over.

As of 2009, the median income for a household in the town was $113,817, and the median income for a family was $124,895. Males had a median income of $88,355 versus $66,642 for females. The per capita income for the town was $49,544. About 3.7% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Vienna's median home price was $820,000 in 2017, one of the highest in the nation.

Points of interest

Economy

MAE-East is located within the Vienna postal area in Tysons Corner CDP. This served as one of two locations (in addition to MAE-West) where all Internet traffic was exchanged between one ISP and other private, government, and academic Internet networks and served as a magnet for telecom and other high-tech companies focused on the Internet. In 1995 America Online (AOL) was headquartered at 8619 Westwood Center Drive in Tysons Corner CDP in unincorporated Fairfax County, near Vienna.

Top employers

According to the Town's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the town are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Navy Federal Credit Union 2,500+
2 Fairfax County Public Schools 500–999
3 Contemporary Electrical Services, Inc 100–249
4 Giant Foods 100–249
5 Whole Foods Market Group 100–249
6 Town of Vienna 100–249
7 Westwood Country Club 100–249
8 Wheat's Lawn and Custom Land Inc 100–249
9 The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine 100–249
10 U.S. Postal Service 50–99

Education

Primary and secondary schools

The town is served by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Vienna is served by three high schools (Oakton, Madison, and Marshall), two middle schools (Kilmer and Thoreau), and seven elementary schools. However, of all the schools Vienna students attend, only four public and one private are actually within the town limits: Cunningham Park Elementary School, Marshall Road Elementary School, Louise Archer Elementary School, Vienna Elementary School and Green Hedges School.

Vienna has one independent school, Green Hedges, accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Green Hedges has students from ages 3– 5 (Montessori preschool and kindergarten program) through preparatory grades 1–8. Founded in 1942 by Frances and Kenton Kilmer, the School was relocated to the Windsor Heights area of Vienna in 1955.

Vienna also has one independent Catholic school, Oakcrest School, which was founded in 1976 and moved to its permanent campus in Vienna in 2017, and two Catholic elementary schools: St. Mark Catholic School and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School.

The music program at James Madison High School includes a marching band, "The Pride of Vienna", and color guard, two symphonic bands, jazz band, orchestra, and chorus. The Crew team at James Madison has won many awards. The novice team has won states three years in a row In addition, the Women's Junior Eight of 2010 won second in the nation as well as Virginia States. Their Team sent all their boats but two, to the nationals in Saratoga. Their Varsity Baseball team has won 26 District titles, 6 Region titles, and 4 State titles (1968, 1971, 2002, 2015), led by Coach Mark "Pudge" Gjormand's 20-year run which produced 19 of the 36 titles (14 district, 3 region, and 2 state). A water tower stating "Home of the Warhawks" can be seen towering over the school. Also, more recently, the Madison Men's Lacrosse team, coached by coach of the year, Arron Solomon, won the District, Regional, and State championship in the spring of 2019. The 2019 lacrosse team was the first team at James Madison to win a state championship and did so without any players committed to a college team.

Thoreau Middle School shares a class with Joyce Kilmer Middle School (also located in Vienna) and Longfellow Middle School (located in Falls Church). Kilmer had accelerated programs for students that have passed certain aptitude tests, known as the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) program. This program has also been introduced into Luther Jackson Middle School. Kilmer also has a band and orchestra program, and recently started up a Science Olympiad and Chess Club program.

Close to Madison sit the seven elementary schools: Flint Hill Elementary (not to be confused with Flint Hill School, a private school in neighboring Oakton, Virginia), Louise Archer (which also has an AAP program), Marshall Road, Oakton Elementary (a feeder school into Oakton and Madison High Schools), Vienna Elementary, Wolftrap, and Cunningham Park. Each of these schools send graduates into Thoreau, Kilmer, Luther Jackson Middle School or Longfellow, and afterwards James Madison High School, Oakton High School (just outside Vienna on the border with Oakton, with a Vienna address), George C. Marshall High School (in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County), Falls Church High School (just outside Vienna in Merrifield) or McLean High School. Freedom Hill Elementary, which recently started an Advanced Academic program, sends graduates to Kilmer, and afterward to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology or Marshall High School. Residents of Vienna who live along the town's border with Great Falls, VA also send graduates into Langley High School via Cooper Middle School. Because of the large influx of new residents in the last decade, the classes of '09, '10, and '11 at these regional high schools are expected to be the largest over the next ten years.

Public libraries

Fairfax County Public Library operates the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna.

Transportation

2018-10-10 09 01 08 View west along Interstate 66 at Exit 62B-A (Virginia State Route 243 - Nutley Street, Vienna, Fairfax) in Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia
Interstate 66 westbound in Vienna

Interstate 66 is the main highway serving Vienna. Access is provided via Exit 62 and Virginia State Route 243. In addition, Virginia State Route 123 runs through downtown Vienna.

Notable people

Many of these residents live outside the town but in the Vienna postal delivery area.

  • Yussur A.F. Abrar, former Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia
  • Angela Aki, singer
  • Alex Albrecht, host of Digg.com's popular podcast Diggnation, along with Kevin Rose
  • Mike Baker (CIA officer), former CIA operations officer and frequent FOX News Contributor. Also appeared on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior in CIA vs KGB
  • David Baldacci, popular author
  • Sandra Beasley, poet
  • Reva Beck Bosone, former member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Gordon L. Brady, economist and writer
  • Steve Buckhantz, Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer
  • Ian Caldwell, author
  • David Chang, chef and restaurateur
  • Tom Davis, former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
  • John M. Dowd, lawyer
  • Trevor N. Dupuy, United States Army colonel and noted historian
  • Bill Emerson (musician), hall of fame bluegrass banjoist, founding member of The Country Gentlemen
  • Billy Lee Evans, former member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Kyle Foggo, former U.S. federal government intelligence officer convicted of bribery
  • Hrach Gregorian, political consultant, educator, and writer
  • Katherine Hadford, figure skater
  • Robert Hanssen, spy for USSR and Russia while a Federal Bureau of Investigation counterespionage agent
  • Charles DeLano Hine, American civil engineer, lawyer, railway official, and Colonel in the United States Army during Spanish–American War. Inherited estate and lands held in Town by father Orrin E. Hine.
  • Orrin E. Hine, Major in the Union Army, 50th New York Engineers, during American Civil War. After the war, held large estate and lands in Town.
  • Spencer Heath, inventor of the reversible pitch airplane propeller
  • Mark Keam, member of the Virginia House of Delegates
  • David Kellermann, former CFO of Freddie Mac
  • Lester Kinsolving, reporter, columnist, and talk show host
  • Michael McCrary, retired National Football League player
  • Robert M. McDowell, former commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission
  • Heather Mercer, Christian missionary held captive in Afghanistan in 2001
  • Héctor Andrés Negroni, first Puerto Rican graduate of the United States Air Force Academy
  • Alketas Panagoulias, a Greek, former association football player and manager. He managed the national teams of both Greece and the United States.
  • Howard Phillips, conservative political activist
  • Tony Rodham, American consultant and businessman who was the youngest brother of former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Garrett Roe, U.S. Hockey Olympian
  • Chris Samuels, former American football offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins
  • Randy Scott, sportcaster, ESPN, and former stand-up comedian
  • Kaleem Shah, American entrepreneur, and owner of Thoroughbred race horses.
  • Alfred Dennis Sieminski, represented New Jersey's 13th congressional district from 1951 to 1959.
  • Nick Sorensen, American football player for the Cleveland Browns
  • Michael J. Sullivan (author), fantasy novelist
  • Edwin Winans, United States Army general
  • Frank Wolf, former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
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