Prince William County and Stafford County are located in the southern reaches of the Northern Virginia (NOVA) suburban area. Similarities with Fairfax County are numerous, and some statistics even surpass those of Fairfax County. The schools are highly ranked, incomes are high, yet the cost of living is lower and the neighborhoods are more rural. Unless you’re commuting to MCB Quantico or Fort Belvoir, the drive north is long and arduous.
A lot of military families choose to live in Southern NOVA for its natural beauty and the community’s emphasis on outdoor activities. The numerous acres of parkland, nature refuges, lakes, forests, trails, and golf courses lure residents outside. Potomac Mills is known for its shopping, and the area’s Civil War battlefields are always fun to explore.
Southern NOVA residents are an active group and take advantage of the opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, and of course golfing are all popular ways to blow off the city-induced stress. There are many military families that migrate to this area for the space and quieter lifestyle. Like most of Northern Virginia, you’ll also find residents that work in a variety of sectors.
There are many types of communities in Southern NOVA, ranging from rural to urban. Some of the more densely populated cities lie on the I-95 corridor, and tend to thin out as you travel away from this DC commuter artery.