Ashburn is a census-designated place in Loudoun County, Virginia. It is 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and part of the Washington metropolitan area.
The Ashburn area consists of many major and minor subdivisions such as Ashbrook, Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village, the Courts and Ridges at Ashburn, Belmont Greene, Belmont Country Club, Broadlands and the Village of Waxpool. One Loudoun, a new multimillion-dollar residential, sports, and entertainment development was designed to be the downtown area of Loudoun County. It contains the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, restaurants and housing, as well as the Edelman Financial Field, a planned baseball stadium designed to be the centerpiece of the area.
Educational institutions in Ashburn are operated by the Loudoun County Public Schools. George Washington University and Strayer University have campuses in Ashburn. In December 2009, it was announced that George Mason University is planning to set up a campus in Ashburn, to be located at Exit 6 off the Dulles Greenway.