Commonly abbreviated NOVA it is a distinct region of Virginia that ecompasses Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties. On occasion some people will extend the definition as far west as Winchester and as far southwest as Warrenton/Front Royal due to the number of DC commuters that have flocked there.

Northern Virginia is a place of extremes. Fairfax and Loudoun counties are two of the richest and highly educated in the country. Additionally it has the highest concentration of office square footage anywhere in the country. It is also home to some areas of organized crime, but these areas are isolated in small sections of Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria Manassas and southern Centerville. Some areas of Herndon and Sterling (south of rte 7) are on that path but most of these areas are safe.

Culturally, the area is distinct as it lies in the southern edge of the Bos-Wash corridor taking on a more "Mid-Atlantic" feel which annoys the Virginians to the south to no extent. What people from SOVA fail to realize is while Virginia historically was a part of the south during the civil war, it is a state that lies within three regions: Appalacia, the south and, yes, the Mid-Atlantic. The south usually begins after Fredericksburg on I-95 and Appalacia usually begins upon leaving the sprawl of NOVA towards I-81. Most people here are transplants from the midwest, the west coast, the northeast and the south and are immigrants (legal and illegal) from all over the world..

NOVA is different from the rest of Virginia in that it is a multi-cultural friendly enviornment. People from all ethnicities, religions and walks of life live here. There are vibrant Asian, Hispanic, African and Middle Eastern communities. A plethora of restaurants of different cuisines exist, there are over five Persian restaurants alone. The largest Afghan community of the United States also calls Northern Virgina. Needless to say, it is the most culturally vibrant place in Virgnia.

The economy here is a bit ahead of the rest of Virginia due to its proximity to DC and it's transportation hubs. Northern Virginia is home to the pentagon, the CIA, USGS, AOL and many other entities call this area home. The area is home to many high end malls including the malls of Tyson's Corner. Tysons II has been frequently dubbed "the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast" due to the high end stores within the mall, some of which have their only east coast location in Tyson's Corner. Office Space is plentiful in this part of Northern Virginia - the further towards Maryland you go, the more affulent it gets. Rte 267, the Dulles Toll Road is dubbed the "Dulles Technology Corridor" from Reston to Dulles Airport due to the high concentration of IT officies along the freeway towards Dulles Airport. Northern Virginia is also home to two of DC's airports - National and Dulles. Both are the more important airports of the region and are within an easy reach to downtown DC.

NOVA is more fast paced than SOVA and lacks a "southern charm" that SOVA people from Richmond and Hampton Roads possess which makes the area hated upon. However crime in SOVA rivals that of some areas of DC, in particular crime in richmond is just inches away crime in Alexandria. However, these people end up coming here in the long run due to the lack of high-paying jobs within these areas.

Sure, there are some areas that are wastelands of vinyl homes but that's just Ashburn and Sterling (north of rte. 7). Alexandria is a very historic city that lies upon the potomac and have homes dating back to the 17th century. Areas such as McLean, Annandale and Vienna are home to extremely expensive real estate that rivals places such as Seattle and San Francisco. Reston is a successful planned community from the 1960s that is filled with woods, trees, paths and commercial districts along with very uniquely designed homes. There are many historic sites within the area, the bull run battlefield in manassas being one of them. you're also within an earshot, bus ride and train ride to DC where there are many things to do on a weekend.

All in all, aside from the occasional traffic jam (unless you live in Woodbridge or Springfield - god help you if you do) NOVA is a great place to live. It is different from the rest of Virginia, which makes it a neat place and it its success story is something that the state should be proud of rather than something to degrade. After all Virginia is a great state due to its diversity, which stems from southerners, northerners and appalacians all calling our state home.
Bob: Where are you from?

Amir: DC.

Bob: Where in DC?

Amir: Vienna.. it's in Northern Virginia.
by novairooni April 04, 2009
Has some of the America's worst traffic jams.
He got stuck in the traffic in Northern Virginia for hours and hours.
by Pancakes and Syrup June 22, 2007
the part of virginia that ignores the rest of virginia because the rest of virginia isnt as rich, and is therefore labled a home for "hicks." Also known as the blue part of a traditionally red state, mostly because of its diverse cultural background. This part of the state of virginia is comprised of many identical developments with cliched names such as "oak hill", "maple ridge", or "pine meadow." Of course , the irony behind the situation is that the oaks, maples, and pines have all been cut down.
guy1: hey im a douchebag
guy2: move to northern virginia.
guy1: im way ahead of you.
by Felicio Vandette September 25, 2005
A detestable suburban backwater of America's lame, bland and culturally vacant capital. Filled with characterless subdivisions populated with characterless people and the poor immigrants that serve them, this place is so utterly conventional and uninteresting that it actually makes Westchester, Long Island, and Northern New Jersey look like they aren't cultural wastelands. NoVA doesn't suck simply because it lacks museums and "culture"--this is to be expected of any suburb. It sucks because the city it borders sucks. That city sucks because it is the center of government, and to be successful in government, one must be as uncontroversial (hence, boring, conventional) as possible. Any individual considering giving birth and raising children should realize that forcing them to grow up in NoVA will stunt them intellectually, emotionally, and aspirationally, for the rest of their lives.
Kid: "Why am I so bored that all I do all day is (smoke pot/drink/smoke cigarettes) and/or try to act like a (redneck or rap star)?

Wizened person: Because you live in Northern Virginia. Hope you at least get into college or something.
by JLB3 April 29, 2005
A region in the north of Virginia consisting of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudon, Prince William, Alexandria, and Falls Church. It is a largely suburban area. It is home to an unusually high proportion of immigrants and minorities, particularly Asians. Because most Northern Virginians either moved to the area recently or are descended from people who did, the region's culture is not primarily Southern as the rest of Virginia is, and it tends to vote liberal more than the rest of the state. Its economy is heavily influenced by its proximity to Washington D.C., and many residents work in the government or technology. These industries have made Northern Virginia is very affluent, and as of 2009, 4 of the top 10 highest-income counties in the U.S. are in Northern Virginia. Lower education in Northern Virginia is some of the best in the country.

Some immature Northern Virginians condescend to Southern Virginians and whine about their tax dollars going to the south. Some immature Southern Virginians complain about how arrogant, bratty, and stupid they like to imagine Northern Virginians are. Most people in both regions are normal, perfectly nice people who know better than to define themselves by the patch of geography they happen to live on.
Alice: Hi, I'm from Northern Virginia.
Bob: Hi, I'm from Southern Virginia.
Alice: Uh oh... you're not an illiterate, racist redneck, are you?
Bob: Um, no. You're not a shallow, soulless trust-fund brat, are you?
Alice: Not really. Hey, do you want to go make fun of Californians instead?
Bob: Yeah, I can't stand those guys!
by lukebn May 23, 2010
Northern Virginia is a vast wasteland of overpriced, cheaply build, homogenous real estate that is inhabited by "upper-crust of society" suburbanites with no sense of community or civic responsiblity to others. Generally the people who live here are rude, elitest, pampered, disconcerned, ineffectual and perfectly content with the aformentioned.
Welcome to Northern Virginia, please leave your soul at the Stafford County line.
by Rezilution August 12, 2008
Northern Virginia has some of the nations worst traffic jams. The area of Northern Virginia now legally extends from D.C. South to Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The only reason Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties are considered part of Northern Virginia is because of the vast commuters to D.C. (Stafford is not any better than Spotsylvania what so ever, in fact Stafford has less population then Spotsylvania. Stafford - 138,000 ; Spotsylvania 145,000) Anyways, There are over 2 million residents in the Northern Virginia region. There are many cultures and languages and also a decent music scene.
I live in Northern Virginia.

I'm moving to Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia has thirty mile back ups.

Yes, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties are now technically in Northern Virginia as of mid 2007. If you have a problem with it, move away.
by glamourcide November 28, 2007
A used-to-be Southern place.
Northern Vriginia used to be cultured and refined and genteel like the rest of Virginia and the South. Now its a bland, vanilla milkshake yuppyized Starbucks fragment of what it used to be. Northern Virginia used to look to RICHMOND- NOT D.C. as its cultural reference points. In the last 30 years or so, it has become a cultural void full of NEW MONEYED tranpslants who lack culture of any kind and who are ashamed to be Virginians. As well they should be, because they lack the grace and genteelity that once was Northern Virginia !
by VirginiaBlueBlood August 16, 2005

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