Chantilly is an unincorporated community in western Fairfax County in Northern Virginia and a census-designated place (CDP). A portion of Chantilly is located within the South Riding, Virginia CDP located to the immediate west, but within Loudoun County, Virginia. The Chantilly CDP population was 23,039 as of the 2010 census. Chantilly is named after an early-19th-century mansion and farm, which in turn took the name of an 18th-century plantation that was located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The name "Chantilly" originated in France with the Château de Chantilly, just North of Paris.[original research?][better source needed]
Chantilly is part of the Washington metropolitan area and is approximately 25 miles (39 km) from Washington, D.C., via Interstate 66. The Chantilly CDP is centrally located between Centreville, Virginia to the Southwest, Herndon, Virginia and Reston, Virginia, to the North and Northeast, respectively, and Fairfax, Virginia, which is approximately 5 miles to the East. Chantilly neighbors U.S. Route 50 and Virginia State Route 28, which provide access to the Dulles/Reston/Tysons Corner technology corridor and other major employment centers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Chantilly CDP is also less than 4 milles west of Fair Lakes, Virginia, which includes the Eastern Market at Fair Lakes, Fair Lakes Promenade, The Shops at Fair Lakes, and the Fair Oaks Mall.
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