Sterling, Virginia is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun CountyVirginia. The population as of the 2010 United States Census was 27,822.[1] It is located northwest of Herndon, east of Ashburn, and west of Great Falls, and includes part of Washington Dulles International Airport and the former AOL corporate headquarters. Sterling is also home to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office LWX (serving the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area), as well as the Sterling Field Support Center, the National Weather Service test, research, and evaluation center for weather instruments.

Sterling is home to many businesses and also serves as branch offices for many major companies. According to Manta, the following companies, with annual revenues of $20 million or more, have headquarters in Sterling, Virginia: Neustar and Electronic Instrumentation and Technology. Companies that have a branch office or headquarters in Sterling, with a total number of employees over 1,000 or more are as follows: Alcatel-Lucent, Geo Trans, HR Solutions LLC, M.C. Dean, Inc., National Electronics Warranty Corp, N E W Customer Service Companies Inc, and Orbital Science.[16]

Federal agencies with offices in Sterling include U.S. Customs and Border Protection,[17] the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,[18] and the Drug Enforcement Administration.[19]

At one time, Atlantic Coast Airlines had its headquarters in Sterling.[20]

Currently, Sterling is home to three public high schools serving grades 9–12; Dominion High SchoolPark View High School, and Potomac Falls High School. Sterling also has three public middle schools serving grades 6–8; River Bend Middle SchoolSeneca Ridge Middle School, and Sterling Middle School. There are also twelve public elementary schools serving grades PK-5; Algonkian Elementary School, Countryside Elementary School, Forest Grove Elementary School, Guilford Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, Lowes Island Elementary School, Meadlowland Elementary School, Potowmack Elementary School, Rolling Ridge Elementary School, Sterling Elementary School, Sugarland Elementary School, Sully Elementary School.[21]