Welcome to Northern Virginia

Innovation lives here

A region transformed

Over the last two decades, we have undergone a transformation. We’ve flipped the script: once a Washington, D.C. suburb, NOVA is now a thriving destination in its own right.

The Case for Northern Virginia

In nova there is more tech talent than any other metropolitan area.

North America's top producer of tech talent

The D.C. metro is the country’s most educated region and it produces more computer science graduates than any other metropolitan area. The combination of talent available in the metro, with additional tech talent production from Virginia’s world-class higher education system, ensures NOVA will maintain and enhance its edge with access to the best and brightest.

Nova is home to one of the most lgbtq friendly communities in the nation.

A global and inclusive region on a human scale

We are one of the country’s most racially, ethnically, and internationally diverse regions. Women are twice as likely, and African Americans five times as likely, to work in the technology sector in NOVA than in Silicon Valley; and our communities are ranked among the most LGBTQ-friendly nationwide. NOVA offers something for everyone: some of the country’s most interesting cultural and historical sites, sports teams in all major leagues, and a dynamic food and wine scene.

The metro makes Arlington the most accessible city to live in.

America's only metro leading public and private sector innovation

Innovation is in our lifeblood. The region’s legacy of transformative technologies transcends sectors, from DARPA’s role in inventing the internet; to more than 70 miles of automated corridors for connected and autonomous vehicle testing; to the region’s history as the foundation of the telecom revolution and our current depth of technology companies – we sit uniquely at the nexus of public and private innovation.

Nova is known for being one of the many Fortune 500 company locations.

A stable and competitive partner with a legacy of exceptional governance

Virginia is consistently rated among the best states in which to do business by leading publications. Of all the Fortune 500 companies based in the greater D.C. area, two-thirds have chosen to locate in NOVA. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Virginia as the No. 2 best state for governance, considering fiscal stability, budget transparency, and state integrity.


Meet the nerd herd: the largest producer of tech talent in the country

We're large, and we're growing. NOVA offers an unparalleled talent base with the depth, breadth, and concentration of talent needed for tech companies to hire and develop. We have a leading public education system and access to more than 30 top universities within a four-hour drive of NOVA.

Men and woman are part of the leading technology economy for nova tech talent.
  • The largest number of computer science graduates in a metropolitan area in the county.

    Top producer

    More computer science graduates annually (~6,300) than any other metropolitan area in the country

  • The nova talent pool is great for industries in software development, management and businesses, and law.

    Deep bench

    A top 5 talent pool in software development, management and business, and the law

  • Nova tech has more diversity that Silicon Valley with more women and African Americans in the tech industry.

    Diversity realized

    Women are 2x more likely and African Americans 5x more likely to work in tech in NOVA than in Silicon Valley

And we’re not stopping there.

We are committed to furthering Virginia's position as a leading technology economy. The Commonwealth will make strategic investments to grow the tech talent in NOVA and throughout the state.

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National Landing is a great place to land.

Straddling both Arlington and Alexandria, and adjacent to National Airport, National Landing offers companies a choice location in the D.C. metro. Highly accessible by all modes of transportation, Amazon's new home is an attractive place to work and live.

Our people are even better (or more) connected than the Metro.

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  • Global internet traffic lands in Northern Virginia with it's many Fortune 500 companies.

    70% of global internet traffic flow

  • The connectivity in national landing makes it the most accessible city with automated corridors for connected and autonomous vehicles.

    70+ miles of automated corridors for connected and autonomous vehicles

  • National landing in nova is in close proximity to two top-30 airports.

    2 top-30 airports

With national landing being such close proximity to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia makes a great location for the new amazon office.


A global region on a human scale

We think globally and live locally. In NOVA, you have it all: access to the country’s greatest historical sites, a bustling café culture, active nightlife and concert going, a thriving wine region, seven professional sports teams, and a mild four-season climate with year-round kayaking, biking, and hiking. In NOVA, there are no compromises.

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Outdoor activites availaible in nova such as kayaking in Great Falls.
Livability in nova for music fans is great with venues like Wolf Trap.
There is close access to local wineries in northern virginia near national landing.
Year-round weekend entertainment at a growing number of wineries near the new amazon office in nova.



Part of Virginia's growing wine region, NOVA is home to an increasing number of wineries that offer year-round weekend entertainment

Nova offers a variety of arts and culture venues all over the area.


Arts and Culture Venues

NOVA offers more than 110 arts and culture venues ranging from galleries, artisan centers and music and symphony halls to stages for performing arts, music, opera and dance

Arlington being the best city to live in without a car has many accessibility options including bike trails available for recreation and commuting.


miles of bike lanes

For commuters and recreational cyclists alike, NOVA is a biking destination with exciting urban centers, rolling green hills, and riverside boardwalks all at your doorstep

Business Climate

Where stability and opportunity meet

Of all of the Fortune 500 companies based in the greater D.C. area, 2/3 have chosen to locate in NOVA. According to U.S. News and World Report, Virginia recently ranked #2 best state for governance and we rank highly for top regulatory and tax environments too. Virginia’s political stability and commitment to partnership is a critical asset for Amazon as it writes the next chapter.

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NOVA has seen an insurgence of innovation and entrepreneurship over the past decade and it continues to grow. Andrew Cheng, CEO/founder, Eastern Foundry 


Fortune 1000 companies call NOVA home


companies in Virginia on the Forbes list of "America's Largest Private Companies"