Hybla Valley, Virginia
Hybla Valley, Virginia
|• Total||2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)|
|• Land||2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||33 ft (10 m)|
|• Density||7,687/sq mi (2,968.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1495737|
Hybla Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, south of Alexandria. The population was 15,801 at the 2010 census, down from 16,721 in 2000 due to a reduction in area, resulting from some of the eastward neighborhoods including much of Hollin Hills being moved to the Fort Hunt CDP.
The Mason family's Hollin Hall plantation, just south of Alexandria, had become the property of several owners, including Edward Curtis Gibbs and the Wilson family. Thomson Dairy had been founded on the land in the late 19th century, and lasted until Merle Thorpe purchased it in the early 20th century. The various dairy farms, such as Sherwood Farm, Hybla Valley Farm, and Popkins Farm were converted into suburban neighborhoods, while plans for the construction of the George Washington Air Junction and the Hybla Valley Airport began. The civilian airport was proposed to be the largest in the world, yet the land, which had once been dairy farm, was abandoned and is currently Huntley Meadows Park. During World War II, the famous Hollin Hills subdivision, to the east of U.S. Route 1 towards the Potomac River, was completed by designers Charles Goodman and Robert Davenport. Also during the war, the princess of Norway sought refuge from the conflict in Europe and wished to purchase the property of Hollin Hall; President Roosevelt personally inspected the land for her, yet his assistant, Thorpe, became its new owner in the end. The land surrounding it became a turkey farm, and was eventually bought by the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. In 1978, the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church donated land within Hollin Hills to create the wealthy Mason Hill subdivision. Although still starkly different from the affluent section of the CDP, the west side of Hybla Valley has developed over the years, including the up-scale and modern Mount Vernon Plaza in 2002.
In 1833, Gum Springs was founded by West Ford, a freed slave, skilled carpenter, and manager on George Washington's plantation, Mount Vernon. Ford was able to develop this 214-acre farming community in Fairfax County from the sale of land he inherited from Hanna Washington, the sister-in-law of George Washington. By 1866, Ford was the second richest free black farmer in Fairfax County, Virginia. Gum Springs Farm became the nucleus of an African-American community throughout the 1800s. Gum Springs was established along what is now Route 1 (Richmond Highway) and in 1991 a historical marker was erected from the Department of Historic Resource (Marker Number E-04). Since the early 2000s, the Hybla Valley area has experienced a significant growth of the Hispanic populations. As of the 2010 census, the Hispanic population exceeds the African American Population in Hybla Valley.
Hybla Valley is located in southeastern Fairfax County at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2), all of it land. It is bordered by Fort Hunt to the east, Mount Vernon and Woodlawn to the southwest, and Groveton to the west and north. Huntley Meadows Park is to the west within the Groveton CDP, and Little Hunting Creek separates Hybla Valley from Mount Vernon and Woodlawn.(38.746864, −77.076964).
It is characterized by rolling hills, parks, forest, and streams. Paul Springs Valley Stream Park winds past the eastern edge of the community.
As of the census of 2010, there were 15,801 people, 5,587 households, and 4,693 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,685 people per square mile. There were 6,157 housing units at an average density of 2,018/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 52.60% White, 29.20% African American, 0.0% Native American, 7.20% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 9.07% from other races, and 3.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.10% of the population.
There were 5,587 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 7.1% under the age of 5, 31.7% under the age of 18, 46.4% with ages between 5 years of age and 64 years of age, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. Female persons total 49.30% of the population.
According to U.S. News, Hybla Valley has a high cost of living and an elevated price of homes in regards to the rest of the nation. Relative to the rest of the United States, crime in Hybla Valley is categorized as low, and the median income is categorized as average.
Fairfax County Public Schools operates public schools.
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