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City of Alexandria
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Aerial view of downtown Alexandria in Northern Virginia
City of Alexandria

Living in Alexandria, VA

Historic preservation meets modern amenities

A popular spot since George Washington called it home, Alexandria appeals to those looking for small-town charm and big-city features. The city is steeped in history, with everything from a 100-year-old coffee roaster to 18 dog parks for your four-legged friends. Alexandria caught the eye of Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2019, earning the No. 3 spot on the publication’s Readers’ Choice Awards thanks to the city’s historic charm, artistic enclave and waterfront dining and shopping.

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Arlington County
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Arlington skyline in Northern Virginia
Arlington County

Living in Arlington, VA

Urban villages across the Potomac

Across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, D.C., Arlington is drawing recent graduates, young professionals and families alike to its unique, transit-oriented urban villages. Newcomers find options in the Cape Cods of Waverly Hills Historic District, brick townhouses of Fairlington, high-rise mixed-use developments of Rosslyn and more—all within eyeshot of the National Mall and connected by Metrorail, Metrobus and Capital Bikeshare.

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City of Fairfax
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Aerial view of downtown Fairfax in Northern Virginia
City of Fairfax

Living in the City of Fairfax, VA

Center of Northern Virginia with bustling developments and quick access to D.C.

The City of Fairfax is the epicenter of Northern Virginia’s cultural and economic activity. Ranked a top 10 place to live by USA Today based on education, poverty and life expectancy, Fairfax offers master-planned suburban life with fast access to Washington, D.C., along with some of the nation’s best public and private education options and attractions for young professionals and families to enjoy. 

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Fairfax County
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Fairfax region skyline during sunset
Fairfax County

Living in Fairfax County, VA

One of the nation’s premier communities, minutes from D.C.

Fairfax County is home to everything from the shopping mecca of Tysons Corner to the planned communities of Reston and Merrifield. Catch outdoor concerts at the famous Wolf Trap, hike at Great Falls National Park or enjoy the company of new neighbors in your suburban community with tree-lined streets.

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City of Falls Church
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Downtown Falls Church in Northern Virginia
City of Falls Church

Living in Falls Church, VA

Small town living with top-notch schools

Known as the Little City and dating back to the 1600s, Falls Church is tucked between Arlington and Fairfax Counties and known for its nationally ranked schools, environmental activism and endless community activities. Catch a show at the historic State Theater or enjoy meeting neighbors while browsing downtown shops.

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Fauquier County
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Fauquier County

Living in Fauquier County, VA

Beautiful views and expansive open spaces at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains 

Firmly planted in Northern Virginia, Fauquier County offers access to big city amenities without the hectic feel of a large city. Instead, you’ll find wide open spaces, wineries, quaint towns and unique outdoor recreation activities. Famous for its horse farms and beautiful rolling land at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fauquier is a natural haven that serves as a gateway to bustling Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

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Loudoun County
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People walk and drive through downtown Loudon in Northern Virginia at dusk
Loudoun County

Living in Loudoun County, VA

Comfortable rural living with quick connection to D.C.

Loudoun County is known for its beautiful scenery, rich history, healthy diversity of expanding business opportunities, comfortable neighborhoods and high quality public services. Residents can enjoy weekend concerts at local wineries and breweries, explore area biking trails or spend the day antiquing in idyllic hillside communities.

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City of Manassas
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City of Manassas

Living in Manassas, VA

A historic heart with a modern beat less than an hour from Washington, D.C.

Manassas history dates back to 1852 when a junction railroad linked Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. with the Shenandoah Valley and Richmond, Virginia, soon followed by the first major land battle of the Civil War. Today, young professionals and families dine al fresco at downtown eateries, shop weekly farmers markets and meet up with friends at events like the annual Jazz Festival and Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival. 

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Manassas Park
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Manassas Park

Living in Manassas Park, VA

A safe, affordable city that’s perfect for families 

Manassas Park is one of the safest, most affordable, and commuter-friendly cities in Northern Virginia, making it perfect for young commuters looking to save money or families seeking a suburban haven outside the cityJust 30 miles west of D.C., Manassas Park is steeped in history and boasts urban amenities with unique, small-town charm – and it continues to grow and transform every year. A diverse and welcoming community, Manassas Park offers quality schools, a broad range of housing, vast green spaces and seamless connectivity to D.C. and beyond 

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Prince William County
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Downtown Prince William in Northern Virginia
Prince William County

Living in Prince William County, VA

One of the most affordable places to live near D.C.

A historic charm and direct access to major highways are attracting new residents to Prince William County, located just west of Fairfax County. Outlet shopping, a minor league baseball team and outdoor dining in historic Occoquan keep residents entertained year-round.

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Washington, D.C.
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The Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Living in Washington, D.C.

One of the most progressive and electric cities in the world

The iconic nation’s capital is home to landmarks and museums steeped in history and reverence, alongside some of the most progressive cultural fusions in the world. Washington, D.C. has long been famed for its dynamic neighborhoods, reliable and clean public transportation, and energetic mix of people thanks to the concentration of college students, diplomats and world visitors—and residents are still finding D.C. as engaging as ever.

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