“New” Northern Virginia continues growth in Tech and Defense Sectors
How quickly things can change. In just ten years time, Loudoun County, VA has transformed from tranquil farmland to a region thriving with technology and defense jobs. The county has become “emblematic of the new northern Virginia – upper-middle class, fast-growing and increasingly diverse,” wrote John Avalon for CNN. Now, Loudoun County has the highest median household income in the United States, at $119,000 a year. The third largest employee in the county currently is the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to a booming Defense sector, many of today’s largest corporations are tapping into the technology knowledgebase that now exists in the area. Loudoun County boasts a sizeable high tech workforce, with a “data center building boom” underway in the region, according to datacenterknowledge.com. The county is home to more than 5 million square feet of data center space, housing servers for Facebook, Amazon, Rackspace, Google, Microsoft and hundreds of other companies. Several more data center projects are either underway or planned.
Intense job growth is expected to be the norm in Loudoun and Prince William counties, with employment growing at a faster rate than the population, said Ron Kirby, Transportation Planning Director for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. “There is also a big influx of high-tech jobs and defense spending in Virginia,” Kirby said. “It is the fastest-growing area in the region.”
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