Quantico, Virginia

Quantico (/ˈkwɒntɪk/; formerly Potomac)[5] is a town in Prince William County, Virginia, United States. The population was 480 at the 2010 census. Quantico is approximately 35 miles southwest of Washington, DC, bordered by the Potomac River to the east and the Quantico Creek to the north. The word Quantico is a derivation of the name of a Doeg village recorded by English colonists as Pamacocack.[6]

Quantico
Town
Potomac Avenue in downtown Quantico
Potomac Avenue in downtown Quantico
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Quantico is located in Virginia
Quantico
Quantico
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Quantico is located in the United States
Quantico
Quantico
Quantico (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°31′19″N 77°17′23″W / 38.52194°N 77.28972°W / 38.52194; -77.28972
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince William
Area
 • Total0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
 • Land0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
39 ft (12 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total480
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
553
 • Density7,900.00/sq mi (3,066.86/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
22134
Area codes571, 703
FIPS code51-65120[3]
GNIS feature ID1499925[4]
Websitetownofquantico.org

Quantico is surrounded on its remaining two sides by one of the largest U.S. Marine Corps bases, Marine Corps Base Quantico. The base is the site of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and HMX-1 (the presidential helicopter squadron), Officer Candidates School, and The Basic School. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration's training academy, the FBI Academy, the FBI Laboratory, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations headquarters are on the base. A replica of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial stands at one of the entrances to the base.

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), of which, 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.[citation needed]

ClimateEdit

Quantico has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Quantico, Virginia (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44.2
(6.8)
47.3
(8.5)
56.1
(13.4)
67.0
(19.4)
75.1
(23.9)
83.7
(28.7)
87.5
(30.8)
85.7
(29.8)
78.9
(26.1)
68.3
(20.2)
57.8
(14.3)
47.2
(8.4)
66.7
(19.3)
Average low °F (°C) 27.0
(−2.8)
29.5
(−1.4)
36.3
(2.4)
45.9
(7.7)
55.1
(12.8)
64.8
(18.2)
69.3
(20.7)
68.1
(20.1)
60.5
(15.8)
48.3
(9.1)
39.0
(3.9)
30.5
(−0.8)
48.0
(8.9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.88
(73)
2.82
(72)
3.74
(95)
3.25
(83)
3.77
(96)
3.32
(84)
3.82
(97)
3.36
(85)
3.88
(99)
3.27
(83)
3.81
(97)
3.19
(81)
41.11
(1,045)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.0
(10)
2.5
(6.4)
1.3
(3.3)
trace 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
.5
(1.3)
1.9
(4.8)
10.2
(26)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.1 8.9 10.9 10.3 11.8 9.7 10.4 7.3 7.9 8.0 9.5 10.0 114.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 2.2 1.8 .7 .1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .2 1.1 6.1
Source: NOAA[7]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930538
19401,139111.7%
19501,2408.9%
19601,015−18.1%
1970719−29.2%
1980621−13.6%
19906707.9%
2000561−16.3%
2010480−14.4%
2019 (est.)553[2]15.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census of 2000, there were 561 people, 295 households, and 107 families living in the town. The population density was 7,811.2 inhabitants per square mile (3,015.9/km2). The racial makeup was 61.32% White, 20.32% African American, 10.16% Asian, 0.36% Native American, 2.32% from other races, and 5.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.53% of the population. The median income for a household in the town was $26,250. About 22.4% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.4% of those under the age of 18.[3]

TransportationEdit

There are no significant highways passing through Quantico. All road vehicles must pass through Marine Corps Base Quantico in order to reach the town. Therefore, all vehicle drivers must present a valid driver’s license to the military security officer stationed at the gate, and may be required to state their destination and reason for visiting. More thorough searches and checks may also be undertaken, according to the discretion and authority of base security.[9]

Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express trains stop at the Quantico station.

Notable peopleEdit

Popular cultureEdit

The Headquarters of the FBI Academy in Quantico are featured in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and the Headquarters of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit are frequently featured in the crime drama series Criminal Minds.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Welcome | Town of Quantico". townofquantico.org. Our town is rich in history; beginning in 1654 it was originally called Potomac for the river that flows along the town’s edge.
  6. ^ "History". Historic Dumfries America. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "Station Name: VA QUANTICO MCAS". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Young, Emma (May 1, 2014). ""No Piece of Virginia Touches This Town": U.S.'s Only Civilian Town Encircled by a Military Base". Prince William Living. Archived from the original on October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 38°31′19″N 77°17′23″W / 38.521871°N 77.289757°W / 38.521871; -77.289757