Lorton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population is 27,709 as of the 2008 census estimate.
Lorton is named for a village in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in England, the hometown of Joseph Plaskett who settled in the area running a general store and opened the Lorton Valley, Virginia Post Office on November 11, 1875.
Lorton is also is one of the two stations that serves Amtrak's Auto Train which carries passengers and their vehicles non-stop to Sanford, FL, about 30 minutes away from Orlando, FL. The Lorton and Occoquan Railroad once operated between the Lorton Reformatory and Occoquan, Virginia, with connection to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad.
Historic landmarks include Gunston Hall, George Mason's Home, Pohick Church with George Washington's box, Belvoir which was George Fairfax's home, the Market, and now Fort Belvoir Army Corps of Engineer base and Cranford Church. Woodlawn Plantation and Mt. Vernon, George Washington's Home on the Potomac River lie just to the North.
Several new town centers have opened in Lorton over the past few years. At the corner of Lorton Road and Lorton Market Street are: Shoppers Food, Virginia ABC store, Quiznos, Glory Days, Bank of America, Caribou Coffee, Baskin Robbins, barber, Mexican restaurant, and other shops. Near the Lorton VRE commuter rail station on Lorton Station Boulevard are: Wells Fargo, Subway, Fireside Grill, Pane e Vino, K&C Pharmacy, dry cleaner, Music&Arts, salon, Lasani Kabob , FedEx/Kinkos, and other shops.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $96,550, according to a 2008 estimate. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,799. About 5.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.
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