History

Woodbridge was a village composed largely of either farms or industrial complexes. Later, the Woodbridge postal delivery area became the hub that included Dale City and Lake Ridge, 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.

Demographics

As of the 2010 Census, the Woodbridge Magisterial District had 54,275 residents with 17,796 households. The racial demographics were as follows:

  • 55% White
  • 23% Black
  • 10% Asian
  • 0.55% Native American
  • 0.17% Pacific Islander
  • 13% Hispanic

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,941 people, 10,687 households, and 7,769 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,047.8 people per square mile (1,176.8/km²). There were 11,026 housing units at an average density of 1,052.1/sq mi (406.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 56.34% White, 23.45% African American, 0.55% Native American, 4.90% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 9.62% from other races, and 4.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.07% of the population.

There were 10,687 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. Of all households 20.4% were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,525, and the median income for a family was $52,362. Males had a median income of $35,538 versus $28,587 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,810. About 4.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

The estimate median house or condo value was $294,156 as of 2008. As of 2013, the average home sale price was $222,940.

Education

Public schools

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

The public high schools include:

The middle schools include:

  • Fred Lynn Middle School
  • Lake Ridge Middle School
  • George M. Hampton Middle School
  • Potomac Middle School
  • Rippon Middle School.
  • Stuart M. Beville Middle School
  • Woodbridge Middle School

The elementary schools include:

  • Antietam Elementary School
  • Bel Air Elementary School
  • Belmont Elementary School
  • Dale City Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary School
  • Enterprise Elementary School
  • Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School
  • Featherstone Elementary School
  • Fred M. Lynn Middle School
  • Kerrydale Elementary School
  • Lake Ridge Elementary School
  • Neabsco Elementary School
  • Marumsco Hills Elementary School
  • Occoquan Elementary School
  • Old Bridge Elementary School
  • Potomac View Elementary School
  • River Oaks Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School
  • Springwoods Elementary School
  • Sonnie Penn Elementary School
  • Westridge Elementary School
  • R. Dean Kilby Elementary School [*] Late 2016
  • (TBD) Ferlazzo Site Elementary School [*] Early-Mid 2016

[*] = Currently being constructed or expanded

Private education

Colleges:

Private high schools:

Private middle schools, elementary schools, and preschools:

  • Academy Day Care (Pre-1)
  • Cardinal Montessori School (Pre-4)
  • Christ Chapel Academy (Pre-12th)
  • Cloverdale School (Pre-2)
  • Manassas Christian School
  • Manassas Christian School Academy
  • Minnieland Private Day School (Pre-K)
  • Prince William Academy (Pre-8)
  • Riverview Baptist Day School (Pre-K)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School (Grades: Pre-8)
  • Young World Development Center (Pre-4)

Attractions and culture

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.

Source: Wikipedia


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