Northern Virginia -- one of the best places to live near washington dc

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Explore Moving to Northern Virginia

Home to some of the best places to live near Washington, D.C., and consistently ranked among the “most livable” regions of the country, Northern Virginia is a paradise for culture vultures, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

From museums to murals, the region rooted in D.C.’s renowned arts and history scene is the best place to stimulate your creative and intellectual sides. Fairfax County alone is home to 110 arts and culture venues, ranging from galleries, artisan centers and music and symphony halls to stages for performing arts, music, opera and dance. National parks, hiking trails and 500 miles of bike lanes keep Northern Virginia’s pulse racing, while some of the best restaurants in the country and a growing roster of breweries and wineries keep its taste bud’s entertained.

While parents across the country move mountains (and across state and county lines) to get their children into high-quality school systems, in Northern Virginia, there is no wrong choice. Families moving to Northern Virginia can be assured that, no matter which district their home is in, they will access some of the best public education in the nation.

NOVA celebrates its status as one of the country’s most diverse communities in terms of ethnicity, race, and country of origin. The region is also extremely inclusive — our cities are routinely ranked as some of the most LGBTQ friendly communities in the country.