25 Facts About Northern Virginia


Northern Virginia, locally referred to as NOVA or NoVA, comprises several counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

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Northern Virginia has a significantly larger job base than either Washington or the Maryland portion of its suburbs, and is the highest-income region of Virginia, having several of the highest-income counties in the nation, including 3 of the richest 10 counties by median household income according to the 2019 American Community Survey.

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Early development of the northern portion of Virginia was in the easternmost area of that early land grant, which encompasses the modern counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.

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Many communities beyond the areas closest to Washington, DC have close economic ties, as well as important functional ones, to Northern Virginia, especially regarding roads, railroads, airports, and other transportation.

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Northern Virginia was entombed on the east side of Christ Church in Winchester.

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Northern Virginia was a great proponent of the bustling port city of Alexandria, which was located on the Potomac River below the fall line, not far from his plantation at Mount Vernon in Fairfax County.

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The Army of Northern Virginia was the primary army for the Confederate States of America in the east.

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Unlike the eastern part of the state, West Northern Virginia did not have fertile lands tilled by slaves and was geographically separated from the state government in Richmond by the Appalachian Mountains.

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Notably, Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties voted in favor of Northern Virginia remaining in the Union in 1861 but did not eventually break away from the state.

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The Internet was first commercialized in Northern Virginia, having been home to the first Internet service providers.

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Northern Virginia'story was made in early 2001 when local Internet company America Online bought Time Warner, the world's largest traditional media company, near the end of the dot-com bubble days.

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Northern Virginia is an area within the Commonwealth of Virginia and is part of the Washington DC metropolitan area.

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The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is a regional government that represents a regional council of thirteen member Northern Virginia local governments.

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Northern Virginia is home to people from diverse backgrounds, with significant numbers of Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Bangladeshi Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Russian Americans, Arab Americans, Palestinian Americans, Uzbek Americans, Afghan Americans, Ethiopian Americans, Indian Americans, Iranian Americans, Thai Americans, and Pakistani Americans.

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Northern Virginia is home to a small Tibetan American community as well.

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Stafford, one of the core counties in Northern Virginia, is one of the seven counties in America where black households make more than white households.

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However, considering that Northern Virginia has one of the highest costs of living in the nation, the actual purchasing power of these households is considerably less than in other less "affluent" areas.

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Northern Virginia is the busiest Internet intersection in the nation, with up to 70 percent of all Internet traffic flowing through Loudoun County data centers every day.

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Federal government is a major employer in Northern Virginia, which is home to numerous government agencies; these include the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters and the Pentagon, as well as Fort Myer, Fort Belvoir, Marine Corps Base Quantico, FBI Academy, DEA Academy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States Geological Survey.

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Northern Virginia became Virginia's senior senator after the death of Senator Carter Glass of Lynchburg in 1946.

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Allen's sole wins in Northern Virginia were the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, winning the latter two only by the narrow margins of 3.

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Democrats in Northern Virginia have made considerable gains in the Northern Virginia House of Delegates which helped turn both chambers of the state legislature to the Democrats.

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Obama's victory in Northern Virginia continues the trend of Northern Virginia favoring Democrats over Republicans.

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In Northern Virginia, it has chapters and divisions that serve, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, and the City of Fairfax.

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Washington metropolitan area has the worst traffic in the nation, and Northern Virginia is home to six of the ten worst bottlenecks in the area.

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