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Herndon receives national recognition

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Herndon is getting star treatment.

The Fairfax County community, which has a population of nearly 24,000, was named one the Best Places to raise Kids by Bloomberg/BusinessWeek magazine and one of America’s Friendliest Towns by Forbes.com.

Editors at Bloomberg/Business Week chose one community in each of the 50 states to compile its list. 

Herndon was selected for its kid-friendly activities including “Little Nature Inspectors” classes and performances on the Town Green geared toward families and children.

The town ranked 12th among 15 friendly communities ranked by Forbes.com.

The website noted the town’s high percentage of adults with college degrees (46 percent), low unemployment rate (4 percent) and abundance of community activities, including “ free concerts on Fridays, farmers’ markets, an annual Motorcycle Poker Run and variety of nature-themed festivals and initiatives.”

To come up with list, Forbes.com collaborated with Nextdoor.com, a San Francisco-based social network for neighborhoods, to examine 500 small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000.

The website ranked towns based on four criteria: percentage of owner-occupied homes (indicating neighborhood stability); crime rate; charitable giving; and percentage of college graduates (studies find college-educated people typically often show more civic engagement, with higher rates of voting and volunteering).

Nextdoor conducted qualitative surveys among its membership in the towns that rated the highest to help finalize the ranking of the top 15.


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