One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “Where should I live in Northern Virginia?” Northern Virginia is a large area spanning south and west of Washington, DC. There are no strictly defined boundaries but the area is comprised of several counties including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park.
One of the main factors in deciding where to live is determining what your commuting options are. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides metrorail service throughout Washinton, DC, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Alexandria, and Springfield. They provide bus service to Dulles Airport, Centreville, Burke, and Lorton. The Virginia Rail Express (VRE) provides commuter trains from downtown Union Station to Springfield, Burke, Manassas, Lorton, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg. Local bus service is proveded by the Fairfax Connector, CUE buses, and Loudoun Transit.
Northern Virginia has some of the highest ranked schools in the country. Schools are administered at the county level. Because schools are such a personal choice, we encourage parents to research and personally visit schools they are interested in. Here are links to the school systems for more information.
Information about area living and events can also be found on the county and/or city websites below.