Northern Virginia Communities
Burke, VA: A Lovely Fairfax County Community
Considered a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Burke is an outstanding place to live.
Although at one point this community had a population of more than 57,000 people, it was divided in 2010, with a portion becoming Burke Centre. This resulted in the population of Burke dropping to 41,000 residents as of the 2010 Census.
A Look Back at Burke’s History
This community was first named Burke after Silas Burke, who was a 19th-century farmer and merchant as well as a local politican.
He ultimately built a home overlooking the valley of Pohick Creek in about 1824 and that house is still standing today.
The community grew with the construction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which built a railroad station at the base of the hill named “Burke’s Station.”
The community would go on to open its own post office branch in 1852, further helping to build the population.
Despite the construction of the railroad station as well as the post office, the area remained mostly rural through the mid-20th century.
Around that time, employees of the Federal Government started moving into the area and commuting to Washington DC by train.
The community even became the focus of a regional search for a place to put Washington Dulles International Airport, although nearby Chantilly was ultimately chosen for that.
Starting in the 1960s, large subdivisions began to be constructed in Burke, starting with Kings Park. This helped grow Burke as a densely-populated suburban community.
Kids Living in Burke Receive an Excellent Education
Children living in Burke are served by the Fairfax County Public School System. Specifically, they’ll attend the high-performing schools of:
- White Oaks
- Terra Centre
- Cherry Run
- Kings Park/Kings Glen.
This community is also home to Lake Braddock Secondary School as well as Robinson Secondary School and West Springfield High School. Students also attend South County Secondary School.
Regional and Recreational Amenities Enjoyed by Burke Residents
The Fairfax County Public Library operates the Pohick Regional Library in this community as well as the Burke Centre Library and the Kings Park Library.
Meanwhile, this community is served by two Virginia Railway Express stations (Burke Centre and Rolling Road), both of which are on the Manassas line.
It is also served by the Metrobus, giving residents easy access to regional recreational amenities in the Washington DC area.
Other recreational amenities in the vicinity of this community include:
- Burke Centre, which operates pools at each of the five community centres
- Burke Station Swim Club
- Old Keene Mill Swim & Racquet Club
- Burke Lake Park
There are also a number of community events held each year in the community. For instance, the Burke Farmers Market is held every May through October.
And the Burke Centre hosts a fall festival for two days every September.
Meanwhile, the Burke Nursery & Garden Center hosts a Pumpkin Playground every October.
The Washington DC Area Real Estate You’ll Find Here
Burke is home to a number of impressive developments, including Burke Centre, a 1,700-acre planned community that’s subdivided into five enclaves: The Commons, The Landings, The Oaks, The Ponds and The Woods.
Other communities located here include:
- Rolling Valley West
- Burke Village I & II
- Burke Lake Meadows
- Lake Braddock
- Signall Hill
- Cherry Run
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