Updated: CNN Money Names Herndon Among "Best Places to Live"

Article highlights Herndon's schools, local job market and proximity to Washington, D.C.

Herndon has been named among CNN Money's "Best Places to Live" in its September 2011 issue.

The town of 24,800 comes in at number 34 out of 100 featured places, with a median income of $102,758; higher than the "Best Places" average of $99,975. The median home price is also lower than the "Best Places" average of $265,929, with Herndon's homes coming in at $240,000.

CNN Money says the town "provides a great base to explore the many jobs in the area. Herndon sits right near the so-called Dulles Technology Corridor, where companies such as AOL, Microsoft, and Verizon are big employers."

"Alternatively, residents can make the commute to Washington D.C., 22 miles away. The public schools here are a big draw for many: Newsweek consistently ranks Herndon High in the top 5% of the country."

Other interesting statistics CNN Money highlighted include the median age—31.2 years old, compared to a median of 36.35 for the "Best Places" average—and there are 3,469 restaurants within 15 miles. The average for the "Best Places" is 2,758.

In a press release from the Town of Herndon sent out Monday afternoon, Herndon Mayor Steve DeBenedittis said, "It’s gratifying to receive this national recognition—but certainly not surprising to those of us who live and work here."

"Our neighborhoods, our excellent public and private schools, the uniqueness of our downtown area and the friendliness of our people all are a testament to the quality of life here in Herndon," DeBenedittis said.

Ruth Tatlock August 19, 2011 at 06:35 PM
I saw what El wrote and, yes, it disappeared. As for glenn "steppin over all the illegals". I don't know where he does his walking. Wish El and glenn would take a look at what Tricia Ratliff wrote and maybe take part in some of the many and varied good things the town of Herndon has to offer.
Leslie Perales Loges August 19, 2011 at 08:43 PM
If enough people flag something as inappropriate a comment or post will disappear. It's listed as flagged multiple times in the moderation queue.
El August 20, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Alas, I was amiss. After seeing all the other comments, I realize that this was an article strictly based on the price of homes ( and you people surely are the haves and not the have-nots) and number of jobs and proximity to DC, not the ambience and quaintness of your town, and surely not the overcrowding, DUI's, assults, robberies, etc. When your town gets kudos for doing something about that stuff, post that.
Bob Bruhns August 22, 2011 at 06:00 PM
One need only visit Herndon and its downtown to see quaintness and ambience. And on Friday August 26, people can see Friday Night Live. Herndon is a marvel.
Barbara Glakas August 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM
If you look on CNN Money’s website they explain what factors were considered when determining this Best Small Town recognition. Other than population, income and the price of homes, they also factored in things like job growth, safety/crime, school quality, home affordability, health care, diversity, commute times, marriage/divorce rates, percent of walkers and bikers, arts and leisure, traffic, air quality, parks/recreation, gathering places, etc. They also visited towns and interviewed residents, and considered intangibles like community spirit. I agree with Dennis and Mary’s comment -- they confirmed what we already know!


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