About Northern Virginia


“Northern Virginia” is a sub-area of both the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Washington DC metropolitan area. It borders Maryland and Washington DC along the Potomac River, and is found at the northeastern reaches of Virginia (see map). This region also is referred to as Virginia’s planning district #8.

With a geographic area of approximately 1,304 square miles, Northern Virginia is home to over two million residents. NVRC maintains a significant repository of data on the region’s demographics and other characteristics.

Local governments comprising Northern Virginia include NVRC’s thirteen members, which are four counties: Arlington, FairfaxLoudoun and Prince William; five independent cities: Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls ChurchManassas, and Manassas Park; and four incorporated towns: Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg and Vienna.

Northern Virginia residents are represented in the Virginia General Assembly by 27 delegates and 12 senators, and in the US Congress by 5 elected members.

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Table and data courtesy of Northern Virginia Community College Workforce.