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Mount Vernon, Virginia
—  CDP  —
Mount Vernon post office
Location of Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°43′31″N 77°6′26″W / 38.72528°N 77.10722°W / 38.72528; -77.10722Coordinates: 38°43′31″N 77°6′26″W / 38.72528°N 77.10722°W / 38.72528; -77.10722
Country United States
State Virginia
County Fairfax
Area
 - Total 8.4 sq mi (21.8 km2)
 - Land 7.6 sq mi (19.7 km2)
 - Water 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Population (2000)
 - Total 28,582
 - Density 3,755.8/sq mi (1,450.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 22121
Area code(s) 703, 571
FIPS code 51-54144[1]

Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Nearby CDPs are Fort Belvoir (west) and Fort Hunt, Virginia (north), The population was 28,582 at the 2000 census.

While "Mount Vernon" -- drawn from the Mount Vernon plantation, the home of George Washington located south of Alexandria -- is often used locally to refer to the entire unincorporated area between Old Town Alexandria and Fort Belvoir, Mount Vernon as defined by the Census Bureau encompasses only the part of it coextensive with Alexandria ZIP code 22309, bounded by the Potomac River to the south, Fort Belvoir to the west, Huntley Meadows Park to the north, and Little Hunting Creek to the east.

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Geography

Mount Vernon is located at 38°43′31″N 77°06′26″W / 38.725214°N 77.107349°W / 38.725214; -77.107349 (38.725214, -77.107349)[2]Known as Alexandria VA.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.8 km2), of which, 7.6 square miles (19.7 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (9.51%) is water.

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 28,582 people, 10,575 households, and 7,487 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,450.1/km2 (3,755.8/sq mi). There were 10,926 housing units at an average density of 1,435.7/sq mi (554.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 54.42% White, 27.65% African American, 0.33% Native American, 6.33% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 6.87% from other races, and 4.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.50% of the population.

Residential area in Mount Vernon

There were 10,575 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $61,119, and the median income for a family was $67,892. Males had a median income of $42,049 versus $33,543 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,299. About 5.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MOUNT VERNON, the former home of George Washington, in Fairfax county, Virginia, U.S.A., on the Potomac river, 15 m. below Washington, D.C., reached by steamer from Washington and by electric railway from Alexandria, Virginia. The mansion-house, which is the centre of interest, stands on a bluff overlooking the river. The house is built of wood, but the siding is of wide thick boards so panelled as to give the appearance of cut and dressed stonework. The rooms contain much of the furniture which was in them when they were occupied by General Washington and his family; and the furniture that had been lost has been in part replaced by other furniture of historic interest and of the style in use in Washington's day. In the main hall hangs a glass casket containing the key to the Bastille which Washington received from Lafayette in 1790. From each end of the house a curved colonnade and a pavement lead westerly to a row of out-buildings which partially enclose a bowling green and spacious lawn with shaded drives and walks, and beautiful gardens (with trees planted by Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette and others). A short distance south-west of the mansion-house and between it and the wharf is a plain brick tomb, which was built by Washington's direction on a site chosen by himself, and contains the remains of Washington and Mrs Washington (removed to this tomb from the old family vault in 1831), and of about thirty relatives - members of the Washington, Blackburn, Corbin, Bushrod, Lewis and Custis families.

The estate, originally called "Little Hunting Creek Plantation," was devised in 1676 by John Washington (the first of the family in America) to his son, Lawrence, who in turn devised it to his daughter, Mildred, by whom (and her husband Roger Gregory) it was deeded in 1726 to her brother Augustine (George Washington's father). On Augustine's death (1743) it passed to Lawrence (George's half-brother), who built in 1743 the villa which forms the middle portion of the present mansion-house and named the estate Mount Vernon, in honour of his former commander, Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757). Lawrence left it (1752) to his widow Anne Fairfax (who in the same year married George Lee) with the proviso that it should pass at her death to George Washington, who meanwhile rented the estate, gaining full possession at her death in 1761. In1784-1785he enlarged the villa into the mansion-house with its present dimensions by building an addition at each end, erected several of the out-buildings, and adorned the grounds, all according to his own plans and specifications. At General Washington's death (1799) Mount Vernon passed to his widow; at her death (1802) it passed to his nephew, Bushrod Washington, and at Bushrod Washington's death (1829) to his nephew John Augustine Washington, who devised it in 1832 to his widow, by whom it was devised in 1835 to their son John A. Washington. This last was authorized by his father's will to sell the estate to the United States government, and in 1847 offered the property for $108,000, but the offer was refused. In 1860 the mansion-house and 200 acres of the original estate, fast falling into decay, were bought for $200,000 (much of which had been raised through the efforts of Edward Everett) by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. This association under its charter (1856) bound itself to restore the estate as far as possible to the condition in which it was in the lifetime of Washington and to keep it sacred to his memory, and Virginia agreed to exempt it from taxation as long as these terms were fulfilled.

See B. J. Lossing, The Home of Washington: or Mount Vernon and its Associations (Hartford, 1870).


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