Ashburn is a census-designated place in Loudoun County, Virginia. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 43,511. It is 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Ashburn is located between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg, the county seat of Loudoun County. 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.
Located within the Dulles Technology Corridor, Ashburn is home to many high-tech businesses. World Trade Center Dulles Airport is the second World Trade Center in the state. Verizon Business has a major office in Ashburn at the location replacing MCI WorldCom’s headquarters after its acquisition. Ashburn is also home to government contractor Telos, and Amazon Web Services’s us-east-1 region of cloud computing resources. Loudoun County houses over 60 massive data centers, with many housing the cloud operations of Amazon Web Services (AWS).