Woodbridge, Virginia

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Woodbridge, Virginia
Census-designated place
Woodbridge Railway Station
Woodbridge Railway Station
Woodbridge, Virginia is located in Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°38′37″N 77°15′39″W / 38.64361°N 77.26083°W / 38.64361; -77.26083Coordinates: 38°38′37″N 77°15′39″W / 38.64361°N 77.26083°W / 38.64361; -77.26083
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyPrince William
Area
 • Total10.8 sq mi (28.0 km2)
 • Land10.5 sq mi (27.1 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation75 ft (23 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total4,055
 • Density380/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes22191-22195
Area code(s)571, 703
FIPS code51-87312[1]
GNIS feature ID1497222[2]
 
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Woodbridge, Virginia
Census-designated place
Woodbridge Railway Station
Woodbridge Railway Station
Woodbridge, Virginia is located in Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°38′37″N 77°15′39″W / 38.64361°N 77.26083°W / 38.64361; -77.26083Coordinates: 38°38′37″N 77°15′39″W / 38.64361°N 77.26083°W / 38.64361; -77.26083
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyPrince William
Area
 • Total10.8 sq mi (28.0 km2)
 • Land10.5 sq mi (27.1 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation75 ft (23 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total4,055
 • Density380/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes22191-22195
Area code(s)571, 703
FIPS code51-87312[1]
GNIS feature ID1497222[2]

Woodbridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States, located 20 miles (32 km) south of Washington, D.C.[3] Bounded by the Occoquan and Potomac rivers, Woodbridge Magisterial District had 54,275 residents at the 2010 census.[4] The Woodbridge census-designated place comprises just one portion of the magisterial district and had a population of 4,055 in the 2010 census.[4] The census-designated place consists solely of the section north of Occoquan Road and Dawson Beach Road, and east of Interstate 95.

Woodbridge offers a variety of amenities for residents and visitors, including the Potomac Mills shopping mall and the Potomac Festival Shopping Centers. Woodbridge is served by the Prince William County Public Schools, and the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College borders the district. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, formerly Potomac Hospital, recently expanded and now has the capacity to serve 183 patients.[5] Transportation includes access to Interstate 95, two VRE commuter train stations, bus service, and a local “slugging” system, offering residents a variety of transit options.

Woodbridge offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for resident and visitors. The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a natural habitat for a variety of plant and animal life including the bald eagles and ospreys. Veteran’s Park and Leesylvania State Park are located on the Potomac River and provide swimming, boating, picnic and hiking services. Close by is Rippon Lodge, the oldest house in Prince William County, which is open for tours throughout the summer. Trails at Leesylvania Park lead to the ancestral home of the Lee family.

History[edit]

Woodbridge was established as a town, after being a municipality composed largely of either farms or industrial complexes. Later, Woodbridge became the hub that formed the annex of sorts of Dale City, which had previously been forged as a planned community in the 1960s and 1970s. The area takes its name from Thomas Mason's 1795 wooden toll bridge built to supplant the existing ferry, carrying the King's Highway traffic across the Occoquan River. Mason's Woodbridge Plantation was located in the area of the present day Belmont Bay golf course community.

The Freestone Point Confederate Battery and Rippon Lodge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Geography[edit]

Woodbridge is at 38°38′37″N 77°15′39″W / 38.64361°N 77.26083°W / 38.64361; -77.26083 (38.643517, −77.260843).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2000, the CDP has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28 km2), of which 10.5 square miles (27 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 2.87%, is water. Woodbridge is about 20 miles (32 km) from Washington, D.C.

The 2010 census reconfigured Woodbridge so that the majority of its land area was redesignated Marumsco and Neabsco, Virginia. The southern border of Woodbridge is now Occoquan Road. The area between Occoquan Road and Opitz Boulevard–Rippon Boulevard is now Marumsco. All of the former Woodbridge CDP south of those streets has been designated as Neabsco. However, these areas continue to have postal addresses in "Woodbridge," which is served by a post office in Marumsco.[3]

Climate[edit]

Woodbridge has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Woodbridge
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)43
(6)
47
(8)
56
(13)
67
(19)
75
(24)
84
(29)
88
(31)
86
(30)
79
(26)
68
(20)
58
(14)
48
(9)
66.6
(19.1)
Average low °F (°C)26
(−3)
29
(−2)
36
(2)
45
(7)
54
(12)
64
(18)
69
(21)
67
(19)
61
(16)
48
(9)
38
(3)
31
(−1)
47.3
(8.4)
Precipitation inches (mm)3.33
(84.6)
2.75
(69.9)
3.69
(93.7)
2.97
(75.4)
3.78
(96)
3.06
(77.7)
3.72
(94.5)
3.43
(87.1)
3.96
(100.6)
3.34
(84.8)
3.51
(89.2)
3.17
(80.5)
40.71
(1,034)
Source: [8]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Woodbridge has a total of seven public high schools as well as ten elementary and middle schools.[9]

The public high schools include:[9]

The middle schools include:[9]

The elementary schools include:[9]

Private education[edit]

Colleges:

Private high schools:[9]

Private middle schools, elementary schools, and preschools:[9]

Attractions and culture[edit]

Woodbridge experienced its current development boom in the mid-1980s, after being a municipality composed largely of either farms or industrial complexes, as an annex of sorts of Dale City, which had previously been forged as a planned community in the 1960s and 1970s.

Woodbridge is home to Potomac Mills Mall (managed by Simon Property Group), one of the largest shopping centers in northern Virginia. Woodbridge is a suburban city because many of its residents are employed in nearby Washington, D.C.

Due in part to the I-95 and I-66 HOV waiver given to hybrid vehicles, many D.C. government workers have relocated to the area to take advantage of the lower-priced housing. However, in July 2006, the hybrid/HOV privilege was revoked. Vehicles registered prior to July 2006 were exempted from occupancy requirements in all (HOV) facilities in Virginia until July 1, 2009.

Other cultural resources include Rippon Lodge, the oldest house in Prince William County, which was opened as a park and museum in October 2007.

Recreation[edit]

Woodbridge is the home of the Northern Virginia Royals soccer club and the Potomac Nationals minor league baseball club.[10]

Transportation[edit]

Prince William Parkway serves as the backbone of the region. It links the city to I-95 and runs through the middle of the Woodbridge Magisterial District. Virginia Route 123 connects the I-95 corridor and U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) to points west and north and ultimately terminates in McLean, Virginia. Marumsco has the Prince William Parkway (Virginia Route 3000) as an east-west highway, and Neabsco is served by Rippon Boulevard and Cardinal Drive.[3] The area is also served by the Virginia Railway Express Fredericksburg Line.

Nearby towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c Morello, Carol (February 11, 2011). "Welcome to Woodbridge. Er, make that... Marumsco?". Washington Post. p. B1. 
  4. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Woodbridge district, Prince William County, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center". http://www.sentara.com/. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Average weather for Woodbridge". Weather.com. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Woodbridge, Virginia (VA) profile". City-data.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Potomac Nationals' Official site". minorleaguebaseball.com. May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

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