Reston, Virginia Education and City Information

Reston, Virginia, is a planned community with a small-town feel. There are no nonprofit colleges or universities in Reston, but several schools, including George Mason and Georgetown universities, are within commuting distance.

Information about Reston, Virginia

Traffic permitting, Reston is 10 minutes by expressway from Washington Dulles International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. Reston had a population of 58,404 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census. For the years 2010-2014, the median household income in Reston was $110,321, well above the Virginia median of $64,792. Home values in the area reflected this elevated income, with a median value of $452,200 compared to $243,500 statewide.

Located in western Fairfax County, Reston features numerous trails for walking and biking, as well as lakes for swimming and boating, golf courses and nearly outdoor swimming pools. More than 1,000 acres are reserved as perpetual open space. Additionally, the Reston Community Players, the Reston Chorale and the Reston Community Orchestra regularly perform at the Reston Community Center. Another attraction is the Greater Reston Arts Center.

Reston Educational Opportunities

Within 15 miles of Reston, students will find various nonprofit schools, including Georgetown University and American University, ranked the 21st and 72nd best national universities, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other 4-year schools in the area include George Mason University, rated the country's 68th best public school by U.S. News, and Marymount University, ranked the 53rd best regional university in the South.

Two-year schools within a short commute of Reston include the public Northern Virginia Community College and Montgomery College and the private National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

Reston Economy

Reston has nearly 2.1 million square feet of office space and nearly 2 million square feet of retail development. Major employers in Reston include BAE Systems, Sprint, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

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