Whether relocating your business or your family, you'll find Alexandria, Virginia to be a thriving, historic, waterfront community that enjoys a strong economic base, an abundance of cultural activities, great schools and colonial charm. It is no wonder that Ladies Home Journal named Alexandria the number one City in its " Top 10 List of America's Best Cities for Women." The magazine's readers declared the yardsticks most important to them were low-crime rate, followed by pleasant lifestyle, great public schools, plentiful job opportunities, and quality health- and child-care resources. You'll find everything and more in Alexandria, Virginia.
Arlington County is an urban community of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington's boundaries. Originally part of the 10-mile square surveyed in 1791 for the nation's capital, the portion on the west bank of the Potomac River was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the U.S. Congress in 1846. This area was known as Alexandria City and Alexandria County until 1920, when the County portion was renamed Arlington County.
Although perhaps best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon, The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) and Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County has maintained high quality residential neighborhoods while supporting well-managed growth. The County's central location in the metropolitan area, its ease of access by car, rail, and airplane, and its high quality labor force have attracted an increasingly varied employment and residential mix.
The County's residential population, at approximately 210,000, is among the most highly educated in the nation and is increasingly diverse. It is estimated that one in five residents is foreign-born, with one in four speaking a language other than English at home.
Arlington also is an important employment center. The daytime population swells to about 279,100. The Government and Services sectors account for roughly 75 percent of the 200,300 jobs in the county. High technology companies have increasingly located here, as have several major associations, such as the American Chemistry Association, Association of the US Army, Navy League of the United States and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Fortune 500 companies and other nationally known employers headquartered here include US Airways and Verizon Communications, Inc.
Once a rural area dotted with farms, Fairfax County in the 21st century is a growing metropolis with a thriving technology industry. With its 300 parks, proximity to the nation's capital and a host of historic homes, Fairfax County offers visitors a unique experience.
Interspersed with Fairfax County's impressive collection of 18th and 19th century landmarks are its featured attractions: The National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. With over 80 aircraft and dozens of space artifacts, including the space shuttle Enterprise, the SR 71 Blackbird, the Center is an attraction not to be missed. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. The only national park for the performing arts, with the open-air Filene Center and the cozier Barns, Wolf Trap offers a variety of musical entertainment throughout the year. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Experience the spectacular beauty of the home of our nation's first president, George Washington. While here, make sure to explore Mount Vernon's beautiful gardens. Tysons Corner. Shopping, shopping, shopping! It's the largest concentration of stores on the East Coast (500 to be exact), all within walking distance of each other. Additionally, Fairfax County offers immediate access to regional malls in Springfield and Fair Oaks, as well as premium shopping outlets at nearby Potomac Mills and Leesburg."
Fairfax City was incorporated in 1961 and is one of Virginia's most populous areas. The city remains suburban in character, however, and is home to George Mason University with its Patriot Center and Center for the Arts facilities.
Falls Church City
In 1743, the Church of England named its house of worship here "Falls Church" after the falls in the Potomac River. Falls Church became a city in 1948. This quiet, residential municipality now boasts a business district and shopping centers.
Loudoun County is located between Washington, DC, and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. To the east, Dulles International Airport and commerce thrive; while the western section still maintains its small farms, towns, and villages.
The Town of Leesburg, the county seat, was once named "George Town" honoring King George II. Leesburg was established in 1758 from land originally held by Lord Fairfax, then renamed for the influential Lee family of Virginia. The town was formed at the crossroads of two Colonial roads, now Routes 7 and 15, and is the seat of government for beautiful Loudoun County. Leesburg is located just 35 miles northwest of Washington DC, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Town of Middleburg, located just an hour's drive west from the nation's capital, is best known as the capital of Virginia's famous Hunt Country. The town was so named because it was midway on the Winchester-to-Alexandria trading route known as the Ashby Gap Road, which is now Route 50. Serving as a host community for more than 250 years, it is no surprise that Middleburg has developed such a high concentration of fine inns, shops and restaurants.
Foxhunting in Virginia began in the Middleburg area around 1748, when Thomas the sixth Lord Fairfax, set up the first pack of foxhounds in the English manner of the order of the present day hunts. Hunting was a casual sport enjoyed by local families until the first hunt, the Piedmont, was organized in 1905. Today there are 10 active hunts in the Hunt Country proper.
The John Singleton Mosby Heritage Area is remarkable not only for its history and natural beauty, but also because it retains so much of the landscape and landmarks of three centuries of our past. Native Americans followed the buffalo along what is now Route 50, the John S. Mosby Highway. Quakers, Scotch-Irish, Germans, Africans, Tidewater planters -- created here a magnificent heritage of architecture and landscape which can teach us vividly about the past.
Prince William County
Prince William County is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Noted as an historic and outdoor recreation destination, the area offers a panorama of some of Virginia's most beautiful landscapes--from tidal shoreline and wetlands to thick hardwood forests, and rolling hills to serene pastures.
For Civil War buffs, the County is rich in attractions. A few of the highlights include Manassas National Battlefield, Haymarket Thoroughfare Gap, Ben Lomond Manor House, Old Town Manassas, Manassas Museum, County Courthouse, Leesylvania State Park, and Brentsville Courthouse.
The region is rich with historic sites from the colonial period to the Civil War and Reconstruction, and is also known as a premier shopping destination. It's filled with charming and quaint villages including Occoquan, Dumfries, Old Town Manassas, and Quantico Town. The Route 28 antique corridor draws shoppers from around the region and around the globe.