There’s been a lot of talk about a mass exodus from well-known tech cities, with talented workers and entrepreneurs ditching San Francisco’s sky-high rents and fleeing New York City’s shoebox apartments. Regardless of whether the COVID-19 pandemic will actually bring the demise of these cities, there is one tech hub that has only continued its upward streak over the past several months: Northern Virginia (also known as NOVA), the region just outside of Washington, D.C.
The tech hub with thousands of jobs right now — and why you should be there
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…And why tech workers are finding home here, tooAs far as tech hubs go, Northern Virginia is livable. Your neighbors and colleagues make up a diverse community: in NOVA, as compared to Silicon Valley, women are twice as likely and Black residents are five times as likely to work in tech. In Fairfax County — NOVA’s largest county, home to more people than D.C. itself — nearly one in three residents was born outside of the US, making it one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse places. When it comes to feeling at home somewhere, the company you keep is important, but so is the place you call your own. In Northern Virginia, there are endless combinations of neighborhoods and housing options to find a home that matches your lifestyle. From the high rises of Arlington within eyeshot of the National Mall, to the planned communities of Fairfax County just off the Silver Line, to the wide open spaces of Fauquier County at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, NOVA is home to regions within the region – each with a distinct personality, but all within an hour of the nation’s capital. If family is a factor, you won’t have to look further than your local public school district to benefit from some of the best education in the nation. Notably, Fairfax County Public Schools — the country’s 10th largest school system — consistently ranks among the top districts in the US. It’s home to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the number one public high school according to US News & World Report. Perhaps the best thing about Northern Virginia right now is that it’s ready to welcome you with open arms. So much so that it has set up a comprehensive website for finding jobs around the region, and a series of virtual career fairs to help job seekers connect with companies that are hiring. All that’s left is for you to make the leap – NOVA is ready when you are.
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