South Riding, Virginia

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South Riding, Virginia
View of South Riding, with Freedom High School visible in the lower center
View of South Riding, with Freedom High School visible in the lower center
South Riding is located in Northern Virginia
South Riding
South Riding
South Riding is located in Virginia
South Riding
South Riding
South Riding is located in the United States
South Riding
South Riding
Coordinates: 38°55′3″N 77°31′5″W / 38.91750°N 77.51806°W / 38.91750; -77.51806Coordinates: 38°55′3″N 77°31′5″W / 38.91750°N 77.51806°W / 38.91750; -77.51806
Country United States
State Virginia
County Loudoun
FoundedJanuary 1995
Named forSouth Yorkshire
 • TypeBoard of Directors
 • President of the Board of DirectorsKaren MacDowell (Nonpartisan)
 • Total6.92 sq mi (17.92 km2)
 • Land6.85 sq mi (17.73 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
295 ft (90 m)
 • Total24,256
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,544/sq mi (1,368.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
20152 (Chantilly)
Area code(s)703
FIPS code51-74100
GNIS feature ID2584921

South Riding is a census-designated place and planned community in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The South Riding homeowner association was founded in January 1995 to provide services to the community.[3] Neighboring U.S. Route 50 and State Route 28 provide access to the Dulles/Reston/Tysons Corner technology corridor and other major employment centers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In 2010, the population was 24,256.[2] In 2019, the United States Census Bureau estimated it to be 31,515.[4]


Guiding principles[edit]

According to South Riding Proprietary, its mission is "...[T]o promote the health, safety, welfare and interests of all residents, preserving property values, enhancing the aesthetic beauty and fostering a spirit of community for all members." The South Riding vision is to create the best community to live and raise a family in Northern Virginia.[3]

Establishment and development[edit]

In January 1995, the Declarant of developers who owned the land established South Riding Proprietary as a not for profit corporation, as a way of providing services to residents of what became South Riding. In 2009, South Riding Proprietary was granted 501(c)(4) status by the Internal Revenue Service. The Proprietary continues to own and govern South Riding.[3]

Recreational and cultural activities[edit]

Parks, recreation, and community activities are managed by the Dulles South Recreation & Community Center, located along Riding Center Drive. The center is home to, among other activities, a climbing wall, a competitive pool, a leisure pool, a senior center, and facilities which can be rented.[5]

Parks and recreation[edit]

South Riding features numerous green spaces, with around 6 miles of trails.

South Riding is home to South Riding Golf Club, designed by golf course architect Dan Maples, and opened in 1997. It was voted one of the "Top 100 Courses in the Mid-Atlantic" by the Washington Golf Monthly Magazine, and was voted "Best New Course" by Golf Digest in 1998.[6] South Riding is also near the Pleasant Valley Golf Club, the Chantilly National Golf and Country Club, Monster Mini Golf, and the International Country Club, all in Chantilly.

South Riding is 4 miles (6 km) from the Fairfax County Parkway Trail, about 6 miles (10 km) from the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail, and about 6 miles (10 km) from the Washington & Old Dominion Trail.

South Riding is home to several lakes, as well as Elklick Run.

South Riding has several pools, including South Riding Center Pool, South Riding Meadows Pool, Town Hall Pool, and the Hyland Hills Swimming Pool and Splash Park, as well as the indoor pools at the Dulles South Recreation & Community Center.[7]


South Riding is less than a mile south of U.S. Route 50, which connects the town to Chantilly and Virginia State Route 28 in the east. South Riding is crossed by four other major roads: Virginia State Route 2200 (Tall Cedars Parkway) in the center, Virginia State Route 742 (Poland Road) in the center, Virginia State Route 606 (Loudoun County Parkway) slightly to the west, Virginia State Route 659 (Gum Spring Road), which forms the town's western border, Virginia State Route 609, Virginia State Route 620, which forms the town's southern border, and Virginia State Route 28. The Fairfax County line forms the town's eastern border.

South Riding is served by the East Gate bus station in the Town Center, which serves and is the eastern terminus of the 88 route. The 88 route connects the town to settlements further west along U.S. Route 50, including Stone Ridge.


South Riding is located in southeastern Loudoun County. Neighboring communities are Arcola and Dulles to the north, Stone Ridge to the west, Conklin to the south, Schneider Crossroads to the southeast, and Chantilly in Fairfax County to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the South Riding CDP has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.9 km2), of which 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.05%, are water.[1] The community is drained by Elklick Run, a south-flowing tributary of Cub Run and part of the Bull Run watershed flowing south to the Occoquan River and eventually the tidal Potomac River.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, South Riding has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

Climate data for South Riding, Virginia, 1990 - present normals, extremes 1970 - present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75 (23) 79 (26) 89 (31) 93 (33) 97 (36) 102 (38) 105 (40) 104 (40) 99 (37) 94 (34) 84 (28) 79 (26) 105 (40)
Average high °F (°C) 42.5 (5.8) 46.4 (8) 55.5 (13) 66.7 (19.2) 75.1 (23.9) 83.8 (28.7) 87.9 (31) 86.6 (30.3) 79.4 (26.3) 68.2 (20.1) 57.5 (14.1) 46 (7.7) 66.3 (19)
Average low °F (°C) 23.9 (-4.5) 26 (-3.3) 32.9 (0.5) 42.1 (5.6) 51.2 (10.6) 61 (16.1) 65.5 (18.6) 64.2 (17.8) 56.3 (13.5) 43.8 (6.5) 35.3 (1.8) 27.1 (-2.7) 44.1 (6.7)
Record low °F (°C) -18 (-27) -14 (-25) -1 (-18) 17 (-8) 28 (-2) 36 (2) 41 (5) 38 (3) 30 (-1) 15 (-9) 9 (-12) -4 (-20) -18 (-27)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.7 (68) 2.7 (68) 3.4 (86) 3.5 (88) 4.6 (115) 4 (101) 3.7 (93) 3.5 (88) 3.9 (99) 3.3 (83) 3.4 (86) 3 (76) 41.5 (1054)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 7.3 (18.5) 7.6 (19.3) 2.8 (7.1) 0.3 (0.7) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.5 (1.2) 3.5 (8.8) 22 (55.8)
Average precipitation days 10 9 11 11 12 11 11 9 9 8 9 10 119
Average snowy days 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10


South Riding is a census-designated place in Loudoun County; therefore, schools, roads, and law enforcement are provided by the county.

South Riding Proprietary staff[edit]

South Riding is owned and governed by the not for profit South Riding Proprietary. All persons who purchase residential property in South Riding are automatically members of the Proprietary, and are subject to dues, which cannot be severed unless the property is sold. By the governing documents, members are subject to responsibilities, and are granted rights and privileges. The Proprietary is headquartered at Town Hall on Center Street, and is led by general manager Wendy Taylor.[9]

Board of directors[edit]

The board of directors is the executive branch of the community government, led by the president, currently Karen MacDowell, and the vice president, currently Michael Hardin. Of the nine members, six are elected by residents, and three are appointed by the Declarant. As stated by the governing documents, the Board's responsibilities include, "developing the annual budget

and setting assessments, promulgating and enforcing rules and regulations, administering the architectural scheme of the community and regulating exterior appearance of the homes and providing for the necessary personnel and contractual services to maintain all commonly owned property and facilities". The board of directors also establishes committees which handle specific issues. The board meets monthly at the South Riding Center.


South Riding lies entirely within Virginia's 10th congressional district, currently represented in Congress by Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg). It is represented by Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville) in the state House of Delegates, and by John J. Bell in the state Senate.

Local media[edit]

South Riding lies within the distribution zone for two national newspapers, the Washington Post, and the Washington Times, as well as for the local Loudoun Times-Mirror. South Riding is also covered by AOL's Patch service's Chantilly division.


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

As a part of Loudoun County, South Riding is served by Loudoun County Public Schools and private schools. South Riding has one high school, Freedom High School, serving the entire town.[10] Middle schoolers in South Riding attend either J. Michael Lunsford Middle School or Mercer Middle School.

Public elementary schools[edit]

  • Hutchison Farm Elementary School
  • Cardinal Ridge Elementary
  • Little River Elementary School
  • Pinebrook Elementary
  • Liberty Elementary School

Private schools[edit]

  • Bach to Rock South Riding
  • Montessori School of South Riding
  • Everbrook Academy of South Riding
  • Minnieland Academy at South Riding
  • Kiddie Academy of South Riding
  • The Madame Curie School of Science & Technology
  • ALOHA Mind Math of South Riding
  • East Gate Montessori School
  • The Goddard School of Chantilly
  • Winwood Children's Center
  • C2 Education of South Riding
  • South Riding KinderCare
  • Primrose School of South Riding
  • Huntington Learning Center of South Riding
  • South Riding Learning Center
  • St. Paul VI Catholic High School

Colleges and universities[edit]

South Riding is near multiple higher education centers, including Virginia Christian University, The Long & Foster Institute - Chantilly, Strayer University, and the Mayo College North American Chapter.

Public libraries[edit]

South Riding is served by Gum Spring Library, a branch of Loudoun County Public Library in Stone Ridge.


As of 2014, South Riding has a median household income of $142,088.[11][full citation needed] The average listing price for homes in South Riding is between $511,000 and $624,000.[12] Loudoun County also ranks as the 10th most educated county in the nation.[13]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2018 (est.)31,07135.2%

As of the 2010 census: White 74.1%, Black 5.08%, Asian 13.53%, Hispanic 11.18%. Between 2009 and 2014, the White population is expected to grow by 25%, the African American population by 37%, the Asian population by 90% and Hispanic population by 81%.[14] The age breakdown of the town is 8.0% under 5 years old, 32.6% under 18 years old, and 65 years or older around 5.8%.[15]


  1. ^ a b "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files –Virginia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), South Riding CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c admin. "About South Riding". Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  4. ^ United States Census Bureau. "South Riding CDP, Virginia". Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  5. ^ "Dulles South Recreation & Community Center | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website". Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  6. ^ "Golf South Riding, VA - South Riding Golf Club - Voted Top 100 Courses to play in the Mid-Atlantic - The Washington Golf Monthly". Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  7. ^ admin. "Dulles South Recreation and Community Center Pools". Loudoun County, VA - Official Website. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  8. ^ "Dulles, Virginia Travel Weather Averages (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  9. ^ admin. "Staff". Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  10. ^ admin. "Freedom High School".
  11. ^ "South Riding CDP, Virginia". United States Census Bureau. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  12. ^ Loudoun County Home Prices Accessed 2011-08-03.
  13. ^ Northern Virginia localities home to wealthiest, most educated residents Virginia Business. 2010-12-10.
  14. ^ "South Riding, Virginia". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: South Riding CDP, Virginia". Retrieved 2020-10-08.

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