Quality of Life

Northern Virginia is part of the Greater Washington metropolitan region, and it contains some of the most desirable residential communities in the nation.  With an abundant selection to live either in contemporary, upscale urban centers, or in traditional country estates, or in quaint towns and villages, Northern Virginia offers residents plenty of choices to establish roots, raise a family, and be involved with the community.  Northern Virginia is very much a sought-after place to live and work.

Geography

Northern Virginia consists of several counties and cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in a widespread region generally radiating south and westward from Washington, D.C.  With over 2 million people, it is the most populous region of Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area.  Covering over 1,300 square miles, it is bordered by the Potomac River in the east, to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west.

Attractions

Northern Virginia offers its residents a broad range of historical and entertainment options ranging from Civil War battlefields and landmarks to world renowned museums and performance centers.  Notable destinations include Arlington National Cemetery, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.  For residents and visitors who enjoy outdoor activities, the area provides biking and running trails such as the historic Washington and Old Dominion Rail Tral, whitewater and sea kayaking, and rock climbing.  The western section of Northern Virginia is also known as the region’s “horse country” because of its many equestrian events.  People can drive out to the beautiful countryside, enjoy a day at the races while sipping wine produced from one of the many award-winning wineries in the area.

Live and Work

Northern Virginia’s population has increased by over 25% in the past decade due to the abundance of job opportunities in the area.  The federal government is a major employer in the area, and it has created lots of government contracting opportunities for local companies.  There are thousands of companies doing business in Northern Virginia in industries ranging from information technology, homeland security, telecommunications, software development, system integration, bio-informatics, and aerospace.  In general, the unemployment rate in Northern Virginia is lower than the national average.