My B2B CFO® base of operations is “Northern Virginia” (although I have clients in Washington DC and Maryland as well). If you live around here, you know what Northern Virginia is, although you’d be hard-pressed to find something on a map that says Northern Virginia. Here’s how Wikipedia defines it:
“Northern Virginia” is more of a functional name than a rigidly defined area. Much like Virginia’s second largest region, Hampton Roads, there is no single entity which clearly defines the boundaries of the region for all purposes in a manner such as the legal boundaries of states, counties, cities and towns.
For statistical purposes, the federal government defines certain portions of the area in its definition of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Presently included jurisdiction are the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park.
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.
Virginia’s 8th congressional district, representing 643,503 people in Northern Virginia, has the highest life expectancy rate in the nation. Northern Virginia is the highest-income region of Virginia, having six of the twenty highest-income counties in the nation, including the two highest as of 2007.