Loudoun County Overview

Loudoun County is located between Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. To the east, Dulles International Airport and commerce thrive; while the western section still maintains its small farms, towns, and villages. Travelers come to Loudoun because of its unique character, lifestyle and quality-of-life. Although Loudoun enjoys many of the amenities associated with proximity to Washington Dulles International Airport and Washington, D.C., much of the county retains its rural charm with small, picturesque towns and villages and an established tradition of the "hunt" culture. Loudoun County is also home to many beautiful estates, historic sites, and fine wineries.

For more than two centuries, agriculture was the dominant way of life in Loudoun County, which had a relatively constant population of about 20,000. That began to change in the early 1960s, when Dulles International Airport was built in the southeastern part of the county. The airport attracted new businesses, workers and their families to the area. According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the Washington Dulles International Airport continues to be a driving force in both the world's airline traffic and the regional economy. As the region's economic engine, the airport employs more than 18,800 people and generates $6.2 billion in business revenues. In 2005, over 27 million passengers traveled through Dulles Airport.

Today, Loudoun County is a growing, dynamic county of more than 300,000 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Loudoun County had the third-fastest annual growth rate in the nation. The population is expected to continue growing, increasing by about 53 percent in the next ten years. Loudoun is known for its beautiful scenery, rich history, healthy diversity of expanding business opportunities, comfortable neighborhoods, and high quality public services. Transportation and technology-related employment comprise a significant share of Loudoun's major businesses.

Among the largest employers in Loudoun County are: America Online, Inc, Loudoun Hospital Center, United Airlines, Inc. Verizon, Department of Homeland Security, and Orbital Sciences Corporation. In 2009, Loudoun’s median household income was $114,200 which ranks third in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Dulles Area

The Dulles area of Loudoun County is bounded by the Fairfax County line to the east, the Prince William County line to the south, Goose Creek and the Catoctin Mountains to the west, and the Dulles Greenway to the north.

The population of the Dulles area is approximately 20,000 individuals and 16,000 homes. The major residential developments to the south of Arcola Center are the master-planned communities South Riding and Stone Ridge. South Riding is close to fully built out with a planned 6,235 homes (multifamily, townhouses and single-family). Stone Ridge is planned to have 2,900 homes and is half built out.

To the north of Arcola Center is the master-planned community of Brambleton. When fully built out, Brambleton will have 9,000 residences -- including multifamily, townhomes, active adult residences, and single-family homes -- along with a retail town center that now features a movie theater and Harris Teeter grocery store. Also to the north is Loudoun Valley Estates, with 7,400 planned residences. To the east of Arcola Center is Washington Dulles International Airport.
  
Because most of the development surrounding Arcola Center is residential, Arcola Center’s retail stores, restaurants, and services will serve an ever-growing need in the area. Arcola Center’s office space will provide an employment center that allows local residents to work near where they live, thus reducing use of local roadways.