Northern Virginia is a region of immense beauty and history, located in the Commonwealth of Virginia and part of the Washington metropolitan area. It consists of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park; and the major cities of Dumfries (Prince William County), Herndon and Vienna (Fairfax County), and Leesburg and Purcellville (Loudoun).Northern Virginia is a major economic powerhouse for both Virginia and the entire Washington metropolitan area. It has a large and diverse business community with a highly educated workforce. Companies are driven by their proximity to the federal government, as well as by the region's entrepreneurial spirit and technology-based businesses.
In fact, nearly 70% of all Internet traffic flows through Northern Virginia. The region is also home to many unique historic sites, museums, performance venues, and natural wonders. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate gardens, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Workhouse Art Center, Wolf Trap National Performing Arts Park, and Great Falls National Park are just some of the national treasures that can be found here. Arlington pays homage to our nation's soldiers and military history at the Arlington National Cemetery and at the Monument to Women in the United States Military Service.
Old Town Alexandria is a beautifully preserved historic district on the Potomac waterfront that George Washington called home. Today, Old Town Alexandria is bustling with energy. It draws everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the region's best chef-led restaurants; a vibrant arts culture, including the famous Torpedo Factory Art Center; a thriving boutique scene; numerous boat tours and water taxis; creative cocktails and craft beers, including Alexandria's Port City Brewing Company; and much more. Northern Virginia is also known as a country of horses. Obstacle courses, equestrian shows, polo matches, horseback riding at Marriott Ranch in Hume, trap shooting at Landsdowne in Leesburg—all these activities can be enjoyed here. The region also has several institutions of higher education such as George Mason University; Virginia Tech — National Capital Region; Marymount University; Northern Virginia Community College; Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg; Patrick Henry College in western Loudoun County; and Northern Virginia Community College (colloquially known as NOVA) in Annandale. The Smithsonian museums also serve as local cultural institutions with easy proximity to Northern Virginia.
The Udvar-Hazy Center at the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly is particularly popular. In 2004 presidential election, 53 percent of Northern Virginia voters voted for John Kerry while 46 percent voted for George W. Bush. Northern Virginia has an extensive transportation infrastructure that includes major Ronald Reagan, Washington National, and Washington Dulles International airports; several lines of the Washington subway system; the Virginia Railway Express suburban train system; transit bus services; bike sharing and bike lanes and trails; and an extensive network of highways and interstate highways. The region's initial development occurred in its easternmost area encompassing the modern counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) was founded in 1957 as a regional organization of 22 local governments from the Washington area as well as area members from the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures. Northern Virginia offers a wide variety of homes with different locations and prices.
Stafford is one of seven counties in the United States where black households earn more than white households. Fairfax County was named after Thomas Fairfax who was granted a land grant by King Charles II in 1649. Fifty counties in the western mountainous part of the state seceded from the Confederacy in 1863 to form West Virginia. The federal government is one of the main employers in Northern Virginia with numerous government agencies located here such as Central Intelligence Agency headquarters; Pentagon (headquarters of Department of Defense); Fort Myer; Fort Belvoir; Marine Corps Base at Quantico; FBI Academy; DEA Academy; Naval Criminal Investigation Service; United States Patent & Trademark Office; United States Geological Survey. Northern Virginia is also a favorite destination for shoppers with upscale malls to bargain stores to wineries. So come explore this beautiful region full of history and culture!.