Glen Allen, Virginia
Mountain Road in Glen Allen, Virginia, with historical marker in the foreground
Mountain Road in Glen Allen, Virginia, with historical marker in the foreground
Location of Glen Allen, Virginia
Location of Glen Allen, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°39′36″N 77°29′8″W / 37.66000°N 77.48556°W / 37.66000; -77.48556
Country United States
State Virginia
County Henrico
 • Total8.9 sq mi (22.9 km2)
 • Land8.8 sq mi (22.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
207 ft (63 m)
 • Total16,187
 • Density1,800/sq mi (710/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code804
FIPS code51-31200
GNIS feature ID1494958[1]

Glen Allen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henrico County, Virginia, United States. The population was 16,187[2] as of the 2020 Census, up from 14,774 at the 2010 census.[3] Areas outside the CDP which use a "Glen Allen" mailing address include residences in neighboring Hanover County.[4]


Called "Mountain Road Crossing" when rail service began in 1836, the settlement which came to be known as Glen Allen took its name from the homestead of a local landowner, Mrs. Benjamin Allen. Its most noted resident was Captain John Cussons, a native Englishman, Confederate scout, author, and entrepreneur. Cussons made his residence here after the Civil War and founded a successful printing company. Later he built a fashionable resort hotel known as Forest Lodge adjacent to the railroad tracks.[5]

The area of Glen Allen used to be mostly rural farmland, but it is now a growing suburb of Richmond.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.86 square miles (22.94 km2), of which 8.79 square miles (22.77 km2) are land and 0.069 square miles (0.18 km2), or 0.76%, are water.[3]

The Glen Allen census-designated place is in northern Henrico County, approximately 11 miles (18 km) north-northwest of downtown Richmond. The CDP is bordered to the north by the Chickahominy River, which forms the Henrico–Hanover County line. The eastern border of the CDP is Interstate 95, from the Chickahominy River south to East Parham Road. The southern border of the CDP follows East Parham Road, U.S. Route 1, Virginia State Route 157 (Mountain Road), Jessie Chavis Drive, North Run, Woodman Road, Blackburn Road, Winston Boulevard, and Indale Road to the CSX railroad line, which it follows south to Hungary Road. The western border of the CDP follows 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 back to the CSX rail line. The border follows the railroad north to County Road 625 (Greenwood Road), then takes Old Washington Highway to the Chickahominy River.[4] Glen Allen uses two postal addresses, ZIP codes 23059 and 23060, which cover neighboring communities as well, including rural areas of Hanover County to the north.

The Glen Allen CDP includes all or portions of the communities of Hunton, Greenwood, Longdale, Holly Glen Estates, Biltmore, and Yellow Tavern.[6]


Historical population
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[7]

As of the census[8] of 2020, there were 16,187 people, up from 14,774 at the 2010 Census.The racial makeup of the CDP was 60.4% White, 25.3% African American, 0.0% Native American, 7.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $79,401. The per capita income for the CDP was $39,414. About 7% of the population were below the poverty line.



Appliance maker Hamilton Beach and insurer Markel are based in Glen Allen.

Notable residents

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  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "Census Quick Facts: Glen Allen VA".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Glen Allen CDP, Virginia". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "TIGERweb: Glen Allen CDP, Virginia". Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Rogers, Kyle (2018). "The Idle Hour: The Eccentric Life Of Capt. John Cussons". The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia. Retrieved August 26, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Glen Allen, VA". U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic map series. ACME Mapper. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ . United States Census Bureau ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "QuickFacts Glen Allen CDP, Virginia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 5, 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Best Places to Live: Top 100 - Glen Allen, Va. (66) - Money Magazine
  10. ^ Best Places to Live 2009 - Top 100: City details: Glen Allen, VA - from MONEY Magazine