Best Place to Raise Kids in Virginia?

The first snow of the season hits the Herndon town green.

The first snow of the season hits the Herndon town green. Photo credit:

It would be hard to go wrong picking a family-friendly spot in Northern Virginia, but out of all the contenders, BloombergBusinessweek has picked Herndon as the best place in Virginia to raise children.

Why Herndon? Well, most obviously, Herndon is in Fairfax County and just down the toll road from Loudoun County, the two wealthiest counties in the country in terms of average household income. The county’s unemployment rate is a low, low 3.8% and housing costs are a bit lower than many other areas of the county, with housing costs eating up an average  23.2% of household income.

But what apparently caught Businessweek’s eye was the small-town flavor Herndon works hard to maintain, despite its location in the middle of the fast-growing Dulles Technology Corridor. The magazine notes that, in addition to being next to a tech hub, the town features such kid-friendly activities as performances on the town green and “Little Nature Inspector” classes.

Town officials pronounced themselves pleased but not surprised by the pick.

“My children are growing up thinking it’s normal that a homecoming parade comes down their street, and we can see fireworks from our yard,” Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel said in a WTOP interview.