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Overview of the city

Reston is a city within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, known internationally as a planned community. One of the good things enjoyed by residents is the presence of amusement parks like the 476-acre Lake Fairfax Park featuring boat rentals from a new marina; picnic areas; "The Water Mine," a large outdoor pool complex; overnight campground facilities; and Independence Day fireworks. The residents always take advantage of many of the cultural activities in Washington, D.C., and the upscale shopping centers not far from Tysons Corner, in addition to the shops located nearby Herndon and throughout Reston.

General Information

Reston has a population of 58,404 people, and over the past 15 years, the city has experienced an influx of many new residents. The median cost of homes is $434,600, and this is one of the highest in the country - the cost of living is about 53% higher than the average in the United States. However, there are lots of jobs for many residents because the city has one of the lowest rates of unemployment, which is just 3.6% while the US average is 6.3%. Jobs have also been growing at a rate of 2.23%.

Many employers in Reston really help in keeping down the unemployment rate in the city. For instance, there are many businesses in the Reston Town Center, with low-rise and high-rise commercial buildings which are home to restaurants, shops, offices, a hotel and a cinema. It is made up of more than 1,000,000 square feet of office space.

Location and Neighboring Cities

Reston is located where there are many opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The nonprofit Reston Association provides municipal, government-like services for residents, and some of the popular neighboring cities are Crowells Corner, Sunset Hills, Dranesville, Old Mill Estates, Herndon, Hickory Creek, Cooktown, Lexington Estates, Springvale, Hunter, Mill Run Acres, Herndon Heights, Haver Hills, Hattontown, Browns Mill, Moneys Corner, Spring Ridge and Great Falls.

What the City is Known For

Reston has many good things for residents and visitors. For instance, free concerts are offered at the Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Plaza during summer, and you can rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and rowboats on Lake Anne during the period. Based on your needs, it is also possible to enjoy low cost choir and theatrical performances which the local high school presents. In addition to being one of the best places to live in America, Reston is also known as one of the:

· 11 Best Extra Large Metro Areas for Teleworking

· 7 Most Secure Large Cities in the U.S.

· 5 Healthiest Cities

· 4 Most Gender Balanced American Cities

· 4 Cities with the Best Airports for Making a Connection

· 7 Cities on the Edge of Greatness

· 9 Most Playful Cities in America

· 15 Cities with the Most Competitive Private Colleges

· 14 Most Single Cities

· 19 Cities with the Most Competitive Public Colleges

· 23 Best US Cities for Seniors 2011

· 22 Most Popular Cities for the Holidays

· 26 Sleepless Cities 2011

· 29 Most Romantic Cities for Boomers

· 26 Fiscally Fit Cities

· 36 Best Baseball Cities

· 40 Best Block Party Places

· 38 Hypertension Hot Spots

· 46 America's Best Cities for Dating

· 87 Best Green Cities

· 50 Most Energetic Cities

Reston Main Transportation System

Reston has a good transportation system, and this is why more than 76% of the residents use their own cars in traveling. While about 7% use carpool, only 6.65% make use of mass transit, higher than the US average of 4.98%. Being a planned community makes Reston to have many walking trails in all places, and on those trails, bicycles are also permitted. However, it is not allowed to use motor vehicles, on the walking trails, except those for maintenance and law enforcement.

Reston is a 10-mile drive from Washington Dulles International Airport to the west and from Tysons Corner and the Capital Beltway to the east. On the Dulles Toll Road, the city has four local exits, with free direct access to and from the airport. The community is divided by the Dulles Toll Road along the west-to-east axis, and there are many roads running north-south, which are Reston Parkway through the center of town, Fairfax County Parkway on the western side, Hunter Mill Road on the eastern border and Wiehle Avenue through the northeastern residential section.

Reston Neighborhoods

Reston has many good neighborhoods, and this is why it is one of the best places to live. The neighborhoods are carefully planned and well zoned, making it possible to have several parks, common grounds, wildflower meadows, golf courses, large swaths of wooded areas with picturesque runs (streams), more than 15 public swimming pools, a bike path, bridle paths, lakes, extensive foot pathways and tennis courts.