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Lorton, Virginia

Lorton is a town located in Fairfax County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 17,786.


Lorton is located at 38°42'18" North, 77°14'1" West (38.704915, -77.233573)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 km² (12.5 mi²). 32.1 km² (12.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.72% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 17,786 people, 5,663 households, and 3,884 families residing in the town. The population density is 554.7/km² (1,436.6/mi²). There are 5,892 housing units at an average density of 183.8/km² (475.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 48.95% White, 34.66% African American, 0.29% Native American, 7.63% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.92% from other races, and 4.42% from two or more races. 9.74% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,663 households out of which 42.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% are married couples living together, 15.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% are non-families. 23.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 1.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.68 and the average family size is 3.21.

In the town the population is spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 45.2% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 125.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 133.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $60,150, and the median income for a family is $63,821. Males have a median income of $43,586 versus $36,694 for females. The per capita income for the town is $25,146. 6.6% of the population and 5.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.5% are under the age of 18 and 3.5% are 65 or older.


From the early 20th century until November 2001, Lorton was the site of a District of Columbia correctional facility.

A Nike missile site was built at Lorton in 1955, and remained until 1973.

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