Glen Allen, Virginia
Glen Allen, Virginia, is a suburb of Richmond. Thanks to its recent conversion from farm to residential land, the area has become a thriving suburb. As of the 2020 census, Glen Allen had a population of 16,187. The census-designated place (CDP) is in Henrico County, Virginia. Glen Allen mailing addresses are used by residents of Hanover County, which is contiguous to the CDP.
The CDP has a total area of 8.86 square miles (22.94 km2), 8.79 square miles (22.77 km2) of which are land and 0.069 square miles (0.18 km2), or 0.76%, are water, according to the United States Census Bureau.
The Glen Allen CDP is in northern Henrico County, about 11 miles (18 km) north-northwest of downtown Richmond. The CDP is bordered to the north by the Chickahominy River, which forms the county line between Henrico and Hanover. The CDP’s eastern border is Interstate 95 from the Chickahominy River to East Parham Road. From East Parham Road to U.S. Route 1, Virginia State Route 157 (Mountain Road), Jessie Chavis Drive, North Run, Woodman Road, Blackburn Road, Winston Boulevard, and Indale Road, the CSX railroad line runs south to Hungary Road.
The western border runs from Hungary Spring Road, Old Route 33, Attems Way, and U.S. Route 33 (Staples Mill Road) to Courtney Road, then follows a power line northeast to the CSX rail line. From Courtney Road, the border follows the railroad north to County Road 625 (Greenwood Road), then travels east to the Chickahominy River on Old Washington Highway. A ZIP code covers the community of Glen Allen as well as areas of Hanover County to the north, which include its rural regions.
All or part of Glen Allen CDP comprises Hunton, Greenwood, Longdale, Holly Glen Estates, Biltmore, and Yellow Tavern communities.
In 1836, when rail service was initiated, Mrs. Benjamin Allen’s Mountain Road Crossing homestead gave rise to the community now known as Glen Allen. Captain John Cussons, a Confederate scout, author, and businessman, was its most prominent resident. After the Civil War, Cussons created a successful printing company there. Forest Lodge, a resort hotel, was later built adjacent to the railroad tracks. It was frequented by prominent clientele from around the world.
The 2000 census reported 5,131 households and 3,504 families living in the CDP. The density was 1,420.1 persons per square mile (548.0/km2). There were 5,297 housing units, with an average density of 598.8/sq mi (231.1/km2). The CDP was 74.9% white, 19.5% black, 0.4% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% other races, and 1.2% mixed race, with 1.7% Hispanic or Latino persons.
The average household size was 2.45, and the average family size was 2.98. 33.5% of 5,121 households had children under 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households consisted of individuals, and 5.6% had someone over 65 living alone.
The population in the CDP was distributed with 24.8% under 18, 7.0% between 18 and 24, 37.1% between 25 and 44, 22.8% between 45 and 64, and 8.3% aged 65 or older. The typical age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females aged 18 or older, there were 86.1 males.
The median household income in the CDP was $55,205, and the median family income was $63,670. Males had an income of $42,279, compared to $31,073 for females. The per capita income in the CDP was $25,719. 1.0% of families and 2.5% of the population lived below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under 18 and 1.6% of those 65 and older.
Glen Allen is home to appliance maker Hamilton Beach and insurer Markel.