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Map of Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia (NoVA) consists of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park. It is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Northern Virginia is the most diverse (in terms of both ethnicities and nationalities represented) and highest-income region of Virginia. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Arlington County is an urban county of about 203,000 residents in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the U.S., directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. [1] Originally part of the District of Columbia, the land now comprising the county was retroceded to Virginia in a July... Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia, in the United States. ... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ... Prince William County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1875 Government  - Mayor Robin Gardner Area  - City  2. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ... Manassas Park is a city in Virginia. ... It has been suggested that National Capital Region (United States) be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

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Demographics

As of 2006, the US Census estimates that there are 2,432,823[1] people in Northern Virginia, around 32% of the state's population. This figure includes the exurban Clarke, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren counties as well as the independent city of Fredricksburg. Together these 5 jurisdictions account for 377,809 residents. The combined population of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park is 2,055,014 which is 26.89% of Virginia's estimated population in 2006. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1836 Seat Berryville Area  - Total  - Water 462 km² (178 mi²) 4 km² (2 mi²) 0. ... Fauquier County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Spotsylvania County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Stafford County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Warren County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Spotsylvania County* Founded 1728 Incorporated 1781 Mayor Thomas Tomzak Area    - City 27. ... Arlington County is an urban county of about 203,000 residents in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the U.S., directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. [1] Originally part of the District of Columbia, the land now comprising the county was retroceded to Virginia in a July... Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia, in the United States. ... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ... Prince William County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1875 Government  - Mayor Robin Gardner Area  - City  2. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ... Manassas Park is a city in Virginia. ...


The racial breakdown of the population of Northern Virginia is as follows:[citation needed]

Of those born in the U.S. and living in the region's four largest counties (Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Arlington), their place of birth is: To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... Actress Halle Berry was born to a white mother of British extraction and a black father of American extraction. ...

  • 33.73% from Virginia
  • 26.75% from the South
  • 21.00% from the Northeast
  • 11.51% from the Midwest
  • 7.01% from the West [2][3][4][5]

Northern Virginia is home to people from diverse backgrounds, with significant numbers of Arab-Americans, Korean-Americans, Indian-Americans, Iranian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Filipino-Americans, Pakistani-Americans, Chinese-Americans and Vietnamese-Americans, along with other Americans of Asian descent. There is a sizable Latino population, primarily consisting of Salvadorans, Peruvians, Bolivians, and Colombians. Arlington is center of the largest Bolivian community in North America (mostly immigrants from Cochabamba). Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest African immigrant populations in America, with significant numbers of Nigerians, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Somalians, and Ghanaians. This diversity leads to the availability of such diverse cuisines as Ethiopian, Afghan, Pakistani, Korean, Vietnamese, and Indian in the region. Arab Americans constitute an ethnicity made up of several waves of immigrants from 22 Morocco in the west to Oman in the east. ... A Korean American is a person of Korean ancestry who was either born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A Jewish American (also commonly American Jew) is an American (a citizen of the United States) of Jewish descent who maintains a connection to the Jewish community, either through actively practicing Judaism or through cultural and historical affiliation. ... In 1998, Benjamin J. Cayetano became the first Filipino American (and second Asian American after Governor George R. Ariyoshi) to be elected state Governor of the United States. ... A Pakistani American is someone born in the United States of Pakistani descent, or someone who has immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. ... A Chinese American is an American who is of ethnic Chinese descent. ... A Vietnamese American is a resident of the United States who is of ethnic Vietnamese descent. ... // The term Latino is a linguistic identity that refers to an individual that has significant ancestry from a nation-state where a Latin derived language is spoken or is the offical language of the government. ... The centre of Cochabamba Ayacucho Avenue Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, located in a valley bearing the same name in the Andes mountain range. ... Anthem Somalia, Wake Up Capital (and largest city) Mogadishu Official languages Somali1 Demonym Somali Government Transitional Federal Government  -  President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed  -  Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi Independence from the UK and Italy   -  Date July 1, 1960  Area  -  Total 637,661 km² (42nd) 246,201 sq mi   -  Water (%) 1. ... Introduction A cuisine (from the French word for kitchen) is a specific set of cooking traditions and practices, often associated with a place of origin. ...


Politics

Northern Virginia is becoming known for favoring candidates of the Democratic Party in its voting patterns. Fairfax County went for John Kerry in 2004 for U.S. President (the first time the county went for a Democratic candidate since 1964). The area also went for Democrats Jim Webb in 2006 for U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine in 2005 for Governor, and Mark Warner in 2001 for Governor. In three out of four of these races, the wide margins tallied in Northern Virginia have swept the Democratic candidate into office statewide. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Fairfax County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... For other persons named James Webb, see James Webb (disambiguation). ... Timothy Michael Tim Kaine (born February 26, 1958) is an American politician and the current Governor of Virginia. ... Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ...


The most recent election in Virginia was an extremely close one statewide. Democrat Jim Webb defeated incumbent Senator George Allen by the slim margin of 49.6% to 49.2% [6]. However, that margin increased to 58.1% to 40.7% in favor of the Democratic challenger in the counties and cities of Northern Virginia, whereas Webb ran behind Allen, 46.1% to 52.7%, in the remainder of the Commonwealth. Webb carried Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County, as well as the more urban areas of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church. Allen's sole wins in Northern Virginia were the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, winning the latter two only by the razor-thin margins of 298 votes and 47 votes, respectively. For other persons named James Webb, see James Webb (disambiguation). ... George Felix Allen (born March 8, 1952) is a former Republican United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the son of former NFL head coach George Allen. ... Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia, in the United States. ... Prince William County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1875 Government  - Mayor Robin Gardner Area  - City  2. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ... Manassas Park is a city in Virginia. ...


The 2006 election also had a gay marriage ban on the ballot in Virginia. While the rest of the state voted heavily for the ban, Northern Virginia voted heavily against it.


In the 2004 presidential elections, 53% of Northern Virginia voters voted for John Kerry, the Democratic candidate, and 46% voted for George W. Bush, the Republican candidate. This contrasted with the rest of Virginia, where 43% of voted for John Kerry and 56% for George Bush. Kerry also carried Fairfax County, the most populous county in Virginia, and Fairfax City, the first time those jurisdictions had voted Democratic since Johnson's national landslide in 1964 (although now the county is almost consistently voting Democratic). The strongest support in the area for the Democrats lies inside the Beltway, in Arlington, Alexandria, and parts of Fairfax County. The more distant areas (i.e., Loudoun County and Prince William County) are generally more conservative though as they have increased in population they have also become more liberal. Both Mark Warner in 2001, and John Kerry in 2004, lost Loudoun and Prince William. Tim Kaine won both counties in 2005. And in 2006, despite not polling as strongly as Mark Warner statewide, Democratic senate candidate Jim Webb won both Loudoun and Prince William. In 2005 65% of the voters of Northern Virginia voted for Democrat Tim Kaine for governor over Jerry Kilgore, who received only 32% of the vote, easily 14 points lower than George W. Bush's showing only a year earlier. Presidential election results map. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia, in the United States. ... Fairfax is an independent city located within the confines of Fairfax County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... The Capital Beltway (in green) Interstate 495 (abbreviated I-495) is a freeway-class interstate highway which circles Washington, D.C. and its inner suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ... Prince William County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... For other persons named James Webb, see James Webb (disambiguation). ... Timothy Michael Tim Kaine (born February 26, 1958) is an American politician and the current Governor of Virginia. ... Jerry W. Kilgore. ...


The 8th, the 10th, and the 11th congressional districts lie within Northern Virginia. The 8th district votes overwhelmingly Democratic while the other two districts generally elect Republican congressmen but by smaller margins. The current congressman from the 8th district is Jim Moran (D), the current congressman from the 10th district is Frank Wolf (R), and the current congressman from the 11th district is Tom Davis (R). The 10th is slightly more Republican than the 11th, although both districts have awarded re-election to the incumbents by comfortable margins, and both were won by George W. Bush in 2004. However, all three districts voted for Jim Webb in the 2006 Senate election, reflecting their increasingly Democratic nature. U.S. Congressional districts for representation in the House are determined after each census. ... James Patrick Jim Moran Jr. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Frank Rudolph Wolf, born January 30, 1939, American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1981. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Thomas M. Tom Davis III (born January 5, 1949 in Minot, North Dakota) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the Eleventh Congressional District of Virginia (map) in Northern Virginia. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


In the 2005 Gubernatorial election, the entire region continued to move away from the Republicans. Fairfax County, Arlington County, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax City, and Falls Church, and for the first time, Loudoun County and Prince William County, went to Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate. The area continued to be more Democratic the closer it was to Washington, D.C., but Richmond resident Kaine was able to accomplish what Northern Virginian Mark Warner had been unable to do just four years earlier in 2001: carry Loudoun County and Prince William County (as well as win over 60% of the vote in Fairfax County). Timothy Michael Tim Kaine (born February 26, 1958) is an American politician and the current Governor of Virginia. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ...


In 2006, Democrat Mark Herring swept every precinct in the 33rd state Senate District Tuesday, Jan. 31, en route to beating Republican Loudoun County Supervisor Mick Staton by a wide margin of 62 to 38 percent, evidencing Loudoun's transformation into a liberal county. The district sits primarily in Loudoun County but also includes nine precincts in western Fairfax County: Floris, Fox Mill, Frying Pan, McNair, Franklin, Kinross, Navy, Lees Corner East and Lees Corner West.


History

The Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War was the primary army for the former Confederate States of America. Important battlefields and other Civil War themed attractions dot the region, most notably Manassas National Battlefield Park, and many area schools, roads, and parks are named for Confederate generals and statesmen. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Army of Northern Virginia was the primary military force of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War in the eastern theater. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Manassas National Battlefield Park, located north of Manassas, Virginia, preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862 (also known as First Manassas and Second Manassas, respectively). ...


Culture

Northern Virginia is considered to be more cosmopolitan in its culture than the rest of Virginia. This can be attributed to the movement of people from the rest of the country to the area and its location near Washington D.C, as well as the fact that more urban areas in Virginia tend to have more frequent migration and mixing of cultures. Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ...


Northern Virginia's population is ethnically diverse with significant numbers of immigrants. There are large numbers of restaurants, and international food of nearly any type is easy to find. Immigrants have established many shops and many in ethnic centers, such as the Eden Center. Some are highly-educated doctors, engineers, diplomats, and other professionals, while others work in construction, landscaping, airport services, restaurants and convenience stores, vendors, taxi drivers, custodial services, and parking garages. Eden Center Eden Center is a Vietnamese-American community shopping center and strip mall located in Seven Corners, Virginia (near Baileys Crossroads, Virginia), an area within Fairfax County, Virginia. ...


Due to the proximity to the capital, many Northern Virginians go to Washington D.C. for cultural outings and nightlife. The Kennedy Center is a popular place for performances as is Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna. Nissan Pavilion (near Manassas), the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, and the Verizon Center in Washington serve as popular concert venues, and the Verizon Center also serves as the home of sporting events. Smithsonian museums also serve as local cultural institutions with easy proximity to Northern Virginia, and the new Udvar-Hazy center of the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport is popular as well. The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ... Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center situated in a setting of rolling hills and woods located on 117 acres (47. ... Vienna is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge or Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA, is an outdoor live performance amphitheatre with a 25,000 fan capacity, the largest in the Washington Metropolitan area. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ... George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a public university in the United States. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ... Entrance to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Aerial view of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. ... National Air and Space Museum exterior The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution is a museum in Washington, D.C., United States, and is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums. ...


Tysons Corner Center ("Tysons I") is one of the largest malls in the country and is a hub for shopping in the area. Tysons Galleria ("Tysons II"), its counterpart across Route 123, carries higher-end stores. Tysons Corner is the 12th largest business district in the United States. Other malls include Springfield Mall, Fair Oaks Mall, the Mall at Manassas, and The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Dulles Town Center is the region's newest mall, serving the eastern Loudoun County area. Reston Town Center is a high-density mixed-use retail, commercial, and residential development located just off the 267 Toll Road in Reston. Potomac Mills, located in Prince William County, is one of the largest outlet malls in the region. The town of Leesburg, in Loudoun County, is locally famous for its outlet mall, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. [[ Tysons Corner Center, located in Tysons Corner, Virginia (part of Fairfax County, near McLean), opened to the public in 1968, becoming one of the first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping centers in the greater Washington area. ... Tysons Galleria is an upscale shopping mall in McLean, Virginia (in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area), owned by Chicago based General Growth Properties. ... Fair Oaks Mall is an enclosed shopping mall just outside the City of Fairfax, Virginia. ... The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, also known as Pentagon City Mall, is an upscale shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia. ... Dulles Town Center is an enclosed shopping mall in the Dulles area of Loudoun County, Virginia. ... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ... THe Reston Town Center (RTC) is a fabulous group of stores and restaurants in the center of Reston, Virginia. ... A view of the Reston Town Center Reston is an internationally known planned community whose goal was to revolutionize post-World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in American suburbia. ... Potomac Mills is a super-regional shopping mall in Woodbridge, Virginia, part of the Washington, D.C. metro area. ... Leesburg is a historic town and is the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia, United States of America. ... The Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall An outlet mall (or outlet centre) is a type of shopping mall, in which manufacturers sell their products directly to the public through their own branded stores. ...


Since the mid-1990s, Loudoun County has become known as America's fastest-growing county, having grown by almost 50% from 2000 though 2005. Since the 2000 census, both Loudoun and Fairfax counties are the top two large Highest-income counties in the United States by median household income. Loudoun County has branches of at least five higher education institutions. April 2007 There are 3,142 counties in the United States. ...


Secession

Due to the political and economic differences between Northern Virginia and the rest of the commonwealth, some secessionist sentiments have emerged with those persons wishing that the area could become the separate state of "North Virginia." Delegate Jeannemarie Devolites (R-35) expressed a common sentiment when she said "The formula for funding school construction in Northern Virginia requires that we pay 500 percent more than the actual cost of a project. We have to pay 500 percent because we give 400 percent away to the rest of the state." The failure of state government to fund urgently needed transportation projects in Northern Virginia is also a perennial issue that often causes consternation in the region's politicians and citizens.


Secession would require consent from the Virginia General Assembly and the admission of a new state by the U.S. Congress, neither of which is a practical possibility. Consequently, the idea is a rhetorical one used to express frustration with the treatment of Northern Virginia by the state government as well as the occasional opposing political sentiments between it and the rest of Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a U.S. state. ...


Transportation

The area has two major airports, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. While flights from the older National Airport are restricted for distance, frequency, and flight paths due to the proximity to federal facilities, Dulles is the fastest-growing airport in the world[citation needed], and as of this writing is number five in terms of aircraft movement also a hub for United Airlines. In recent years it has become a major center for low-cost flights, as it is the primary hub of (now defunct) Independence Air as well as a major hub for jetBlue, Ted, and others. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA) in Arlington County, Virginia is the closest commercial airport to Washington, D.C. Originally Washington National Airport, it was renamed after former President Ronald Reagan in 1998. ... FAA Airport Diagram Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD, ICAO: KIAD, FAA LID: IAD) is a public airport located 25 miles (32 km) west of the central business district of Washington, D.C., in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. ... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ... Independence Air was a low-cost airline based in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States (near Washington, D.C.) that operated from 1989 until 2006. ... jetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) is an American low-cost airline. ... Ted is one of two airline divisional brands of United Airlines similiar in concept to the Delta Shuttle or the US Airways Shuttle, however specifically targeted in the United case to compete effectively in the low cost airline market. ...


Commuters are served by the Washington Metro subway and the Virginia Railway Express, a commuter railroad. Metro is the second-busiest subway system in the nation; only New York City's subway system carries more passengers. A planned expansion project will, if built, extend the system past Dulles Airport. Bus service is provided by WMATA's Metrobus, and many local jurisdictions also provide bus service. Parking lots at metrorail stations fill up very early in the morning, but are gradually being expanded. Virginia Railway Express commuter trains have also seen increased ridership but are plagued by frequent delays for various reasons. The Washington Metro, or simply Metro, is the rapid transit system of Washington, D.C., and neighboring suburban communities in Maryland and Virginia, both inside and outside the Capital Beltway. ... “Mass Transit” redirects here. ... The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter railroad service that connects the Northern Virginia area with Washington, DC. The VRE operates on two lines, the Fredericksburg line, which starts from Fredericksburg, Virginia and the Manassas line, which starts from Broad Run Airport in Bristow, Virginia. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Public transport ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... South Ferry station 125th Street station The New York City Subway is a large rapid transit system in New York City, New York, United States. ... The future Silver Line will be an extension of the Washington Metro subway system consisting of 29 subway stations from Route 772 in Loudoun County to Stadium-Armory in Washington, D.C. The line will have stations in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington counties in Virginia, and the District of Columbia. ... The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter railroad service that connects the Northern Virginia area with Washington, DC. The VRE operates on two lines, the Fredericksburg line, which starts from Fredericksburg, Virginia and the Manassas line, which starts from Broad Run Airport in Bristow, Virginia. ...


Major highways include interstates 495 (Capital Beltway), 95, 395, and 66; US routes 1, 29, and 50; and local routes Fairfax County Parkway, Virginia Routes 7, 28, 120, 123, 193, 234, 236, 244, 544, 545, and 620, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and Franconia-Springfield Parkway. High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are used for commuters and buses in I-66 and I-95/395. (Also see slugging.) The Capital Beltway (in green) The Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) is a freeway-class interstate highway which circles the Washington, DC area. ... The Capital Beltway (in green) The Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) is an expressway-class interstate highway which circles the Washington, DC area. ... I-95 south coming off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Interstate 95 runs 179 miles through Virginia. ... Interstate 395 in Virginia is a 13 mile long spur route that begins at a junction with Interstate 95 in Springfield, Virginia and ends in downtown Washington, District of Columbia. ... Interstate 66 (abbreviated I-66) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: U.S. Route 1 U.S. Route 1 (also called U.S. Highway 1, and abbreviated US 1) is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ... United States Highway 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,036 miles (1,667 km) from the western suburbs of Baltimore to Pensacola, Florida. ... United States Highway 50 is an east-west United States highway. ... The Fairfax County Parkway is a major highway in Fairfax County, Virginia in which it starts in Herndon and ends near Fort Belevar. ... State Route 7 is a major primary state highway and busy commuter route in Northern Virginia, United States. ... State Route 28 is a primary state highway that traverses the counties of Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, and Fauquier in the U.S. state of Virginia. ... State Route 120 is a primary state highway forming a crescent-shaped route through Arlington County, Virginia, United States. ... State Route 123 is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia, forming an arc through the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William, as well as the independent city of Fairfax. ... State Route 193, also known as Georgetown Pike, is a primary state highway in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... State Route 234 is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. ... State Route 236, also known as Little River Turnpike, is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. ... State Route 244, also known as Columbia Pike, is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. ... The George Washington Memorial Parkway, known to local motorists simply as the G.W. Parkway, is a parkway maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. ... The Fairfax County Parkway (Secondary Route 7100) is a major highway in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... A permanent, separated high-occupancy vehicle lane on I-91 in Connecticut A high occupancy vehicle (or HOV) is a transportation engineering and transportation planning term referring to a vehicle with a driver and one or more passengers. ... Slugging is a form of commuting used in the Washington, D.C., area (mostly among commuters who live in Northern Virginia) that essentially combines a variation of ride-share commuting and hitchhiking. ...


Northern Virginia suffers from severe road congestion. The congestion consistently ranks with Los Angeles and San Francisco, California as one of the worst three areas in the nation. To alleviate gridlock, local governments encourage using Metrorail, HOV, carpooling, and other forms of mass transportation. The conditions are only getting worse, however, as the population skyrockets. The roads are one of the biggest local issues. The current reconstruction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge near Alexandria on the portion of the Capital Beltway which also carries Interstate 95 into Maryland (300,000 vehicles daily) will double the traffic lanes at that particular bottleneck area when completed in 2008. The complex Springfield "mixing bowl" freeway junction is now seeing some relief as the massive interchange reconstruction was completed in 2007 with many new ramp configurations. Several public-private partnership proposals to increase capacities of the Beltway and Interstate 95 south of Springfield to be funded through collection of tolls are under consideration by VDOT. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... A permanent, separated high-occupancy vehicle lane on I-91 in Connecticut A high occupancy vehicle (or HOV) is any vehicle with a driver and one or more (or sometimes two or more, or three or more) passengers. ... Interstate 95 (District of Columbia) redirects here. ... Springfield is an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Virginia Department of Transportation, or VDOT, is the government agency responsible for building, maintaining and operating Virginias roads, bridges and tunnels. ...


On November 5, 2002, voters rejected a referendum to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation improvements[7]. The measure was criticized as a subsidy for developers, who would merely build more houses along the new roads and add to the congestion[8]. In such a highly competitive and expensive region (much like urban California), many workers with families feel they cannot afford suitable homes near their jobs (and are unwilling to live in the District), and so commute from more affordable, far outlying counties, which creates intolerable traffic congestion, as does the limited number and capacity of bridges over the Potomac River (no new bridges have been built since 1965). Unfortunately, all proposals to add more Potomac bridge crossings (such as near Leesburg or Quantico as part of a long-proposed "outer beltway") are opposed by communities near the suggested bridge sites who want continued peace and quiet, and by Marylanders who fear that new bridges would bring new housing development to "open spaces". Furthermore, large-area, low-density residential zoning restrictions in parts of Fairfax County such as Great Falls, Dranesville, Clifton and Fairfax Station, also prevent people from living near the highest-density job centers, forcing commuters to leapfrog out to find housing instead in Prince William, Loudoun, and outside of Northern Virginia to a lesser extent Stafford, Fauquier, Warren, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Frederick counties and causing worse traffic. Workers from these outlying counties face daily commutes that exceed well over an hour each way. is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... A sales tax is a consumption tax charged at the point of purchase for certain goods and services. ... ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Leesburg is a historic town and is the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia, United States of America. ... Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ... Great Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) located in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Dranesville is an unincorporated town in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA. Dranesville is located on the Leesburg Pike (Virginia State Highway 7) at its intersection with Georgetown Pike. ... Clifton is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... Fairfax Station is an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Prince William County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ...


A jurisdictional restriction that prohibits Virginia-based versus Washington and Maryland-based taxicab companies from picking up passengers on their empty return trips to and from Dulles and Reagan National airports also needlessly adds millions of additional trips to congested roads. A U.S. Army proposal made in 2006 to relocate 18,000 additional employees to Fort Belvoir, which is already choked with traffic and has few public transportation options, is the newest major area of concern to planners. Fort Belvoir is a United States military installation and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ...


Education

Fairfax County has an outstanding public school system, including Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, an award-winning magnet school. James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, the largest public school in the Commonwealth, is also located in Fairfax County. Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia, in the United States. ... Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST, TJ, Jefferson) is a public secondary magnet school in Alexandria, Virginia. ... In the U.S. system of education, a magnet school is a public school which offers innovative courses, specialized training, etc. ...


Although Northern Virginia contains a large portion of the Commonwealth's population, there are only a handful of colleges and universities in the region. The largest and most well-known is George Mason University in Fairfax, the second-largest public university in Virginia. Other higher education institutions include Northern Virginia Community College (affectionately known as NOVA) in Annandale (with several branch campuses throughout Northern Virginia), and Marymount University in north Arlington. A relatively new addition to the roster of colleges and universities in the region is the University of Northern Virginia in Manassas, established in 1988. Several other universities have branch campuses in Loudoun County. George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a public university in the United States. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ... Northern Virginia Community College, comprising six locations in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., is the nations second largest multi-campus community college and the largest educational institution in the state of Virginia. ... Flag of the City of Annandale Annandale is an unincorporated place in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... Marymount University is a coeducational, four-year Catholic university whose main campus is located in Arlington, Virginia. ... Arlington is the name of many places: // Canada Arlington, Nova Scotia Arlington West, Nova Scotia East Arlington, Nova Scotia Long Harbour-Mount Arlington Heights, Newfoundland and Labrador Arlington, Ontario Arlington Place, Ontario Arlington Woods, Ontario Arlington, Prince Edward Island Arlington Beach, Saskatchewan Arlington No. ... The University of Northern Virginia or UNVA is an accredited institution of higher education. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ...


Economy

In recent decades, Northern Virginia has become filled with technology companies, especially in the Dulles Technology Corridor. The best-known of these technology companies are AOL and Sprint Nextel. This economic boom has attracted many people from outside the region, from all over the country and throughout the world. The region has recovered relatively quickly from the effects of the dot-com bubble because of increased defense spending in the wake of the September 11th attacks and Iraq War. Other large corporate employers include ExxonMobil near Falls Church, Micron in Manassas, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Reston. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington Dulles International Airport, the Dulles Technology Corridor, dubbed the Netplex in 1993 by Fortune magazine are the vital electronic pathways that carry more than half of all traffic on the Internet. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. ... The dot-com bubble was a speculative bubble covering roughly 1995–2001 during which stock markets in Western nations saw their value increase rapidly from growth in the new Internet sector and related fields. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Exon (disambiguation). ... Micron Technology (Micron) NYSE: MU is a multinational company based in Boise, Idaho, USA, best known for producing many forms of semiconductor devices. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ... Science Applications International Corporation Science Applications International Corporation (usually known as SAIC) is the largest employee-owned research and engineering firm in the United States. ... A view of the Reston Town Center Reston is an internationally known planned community whose goal was to revolutionize post-World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in American suburbia. ...


It also is a desirable spot for government and defense contractors due to the location of the Pentagon and close proximity to the national capital. This article is about the United States military building. ...


The Federal government is a major employer in Northern Virginia, which is home to numerous government agencies; for example, Central Intelligence Agency headquarters and the Pentagon (headquarters of the Department of Defense) are located there, as are Fort Myer, Fort Belvoir, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States Geological Survey. All of this tends to shield Northern Virginia from the effects of recession. “CIA” redirects here. ... This article is about the United States military building. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Orville Wright flying at Fort Myer, September 17, 1908. ... Fort Belvoir is a United States military installation and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... The Marine Corps Base Quantico, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, is one of the largest United States Marine Corps bases in the world. ... The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO or USPTO) is an agency in the United States Department of Commerce that provides patent and trademark protection to inventors and businesses for their inventions and corporate and product identification. ... InsertSLUTTY WHORES≤ non-formatted text here{| class=toccolours border=1 cellpadding=4 style=float: right; margin: 0 0 1em 1em; width: 20em; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 95%; clear: right; |+ United States Geological Survey |- |style= align=center colspan=2| [[Image:USGS logo. ...


After the large shopping malls such as Potomac Mills and Tysons Corner, the sites which attract the greatest numbers of visitors are Washington, D.C., and Civil War battlefields. Old Town Alexandria is popular with its noted historic townhouses, restaurants, gift shops, artist studios, and cruise boats. The waterfront and outdoor recreational amenities such as biking and running trails (the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail is the longest paved path in the U.S.; the Mount Vernon Trail, and trails along various stream beds are also popular), whitewater and sea kayaking, and rock climbing areas are focused along the Potomac River, but are also found at other locations in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Scenic Great Falls Park and historic Mount Vernon (which opened a new visitor center in 2006) are especially noteworthy. Woodbridge is home to two minor-league sports franchises, the Northern Virginia Royals soccer team and the Potomac Nationals baseball team. For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ... Potomac Mills is a super-regional shopping mall in Woodbridge, Virginia, part of the Washington, D.C. metro area. ... Tysons Corner is an unincorporated place located in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Washington, DC. Recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place, the community had a total population of 18,540 as of the 2000 census. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia Founded 1718 Mayor William D. Euille Area    - City 39. ... The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park or the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail (sometimes abbreviated W&OD Trail or W&OD and often referred to simply as the WOD (pronounced wad)) is a highly popular and unusually-shaped regional park in Northern Virginia. ... Map of the Trail The Mount Vernon Trail is a popular bike path in Northern Virginia that runs from near Theodore Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The largest contiguous public parks-preserves within 30 miles of either Baltimore, Md. ... Great Falls Park is a small National Parks Service (NPS) site in Virginia, United States. ... Back of the main house. ... Woodbridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States. ... The Northern Virginia Royals are a third division mens professional soccer team in the Second Division of the USL. While the team has not made an official announcement, it is reported that they will drop to amateur status in the Premier Development League for 2006. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. ... Class-Level A Minor League affiliations Carolina League Northern Division Major League affiliation Washington Nationals (2005-present) Cincinnati Reds (2003-2004) St. ... The Carolina League is a minor league baseball affiliation which operates in the South Atlantic region of the United States. ...


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map from 1901 showing trolley lines in Arlington The earliest electric railway, or streetcar line, in Northern Virginia opened in 1892. ...

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