When you’re the wealthiest county in the nation and your population grows by 84 percent in ten years, you’ve got some thinking to do. In Loudoun County at redistricting time, that means not only drawing some new boundaries but deciding on some new names.
Loudoun’s population soared from 169,599 in 2000 to 312,311 in 2010, the new census shows. In 2000, the average Loudoun district had about 20,000 people in it. Now, it will have more than 39,000 people in it. The Dulles district, in the southeast corner of Loudoun along the Fairfax County line (2nd wealthiest county, btw), went from 21,535 to 81,409, which is only a 278 percent increase in a decade. Yow.
So the Dulles district, which includes South Riding and Arcola, had to get sized down, with some of its people being shifted to the pastoral Blue Ridge district that stretches all the way to West Virginia. And the Sugarland Run and Potomac districts to the north of Dulles were redrawn and renamed: Ashburn and Algonkian. This part caused some problems, according to Leesburg Today.
First, there was a move to rename the Dulles district the Dean district, in honor of Jennie Dean, a former slave who founded African-American churches and schools in Prince William and Loudoun counties. That lasted a week, then was shot down, Leesburg Today reports. Then there was a move to rename the Potomac district the “Ashdowne” district, combining Ashburn and Lansdowne. In the end, the county board stuck with Ashburn.
Leesburg Today’s Erika Jacobson Moore has many more details.
Here’s what the Loudoun districts looked like for the last 10 years
Here are the proposed lines for the new districts.
And for the record, two other NoVa jurisdictions are in the nation’s Wealthiest Top 10: Fairfax City is sixth, and Arlington County is ninth.