Northern Virginia (and the D.C. area) are home to some of the most competitive, elite and exclusive preparatory schools in the country (see: NCS, St Stephens St Agnes, St Albans, Holton, Madeira, Woodberry and Sidwell) Northern Virginia is among one of the richest counties in the country and is one of the areas of the highest expense to live as well.
However, Northern Virginia ranges from poor and full of immigrants (South Arlington... Arlington for the most part) to haunts of the fabulously wealthy (Great Falls, Langley, McLean, Falls Church, Northern Arlington, Alexandria and Middleburg).
Northern Virginia is in no way Southern, though some southern people live there... the rich ones of course. Northern Virginia is, however, slower and friendlier than NYC, making New Yorkers hate NoVAers because they get the best of both worlds.
NoVAers like to complain about how there's nothing to do when the nation's capitol is a 10 minutes drive away. They also are amused about how afraid everyone was of the sniper and when relatives come to visit and are actually interested in D.C. The traffic is awful and the drivers are really uptight and agressive. It takes 15 minutes to drive 7 miles and people honk the horn if you don't peel out the *second* the light turns green.
NoVA2: WTF!!!! WERE THEY LIKE... WHITE???
NYC chick: OMG THE DRIVERS DOWN HERE ARE FUCKING CRAZY!!
NoVAer: SHUT THE FUCK UP AND FIND THE GAS PETAL RETARD.
Wizened person: Because you live in Northern Virginia. Hope you at least get into college or something.
guy2: move to northern virginia.
guy1: im way ahead of you.
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.
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!
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.