About Northern Virginia


“Northern Virginia” is an area within the Commonwealth of Virginia and is part of the Washington DC metropolitan area. It is located in the northeastern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, along the borders of Maryland and Washington, D.C. (see map). This region also is referred to as Virginia’s planning district #8.  The region comprises a geographic area of approximately 1,304 square miles. Northern Virginia is home to over 2.5 million residents.  It is one of the fastest growing, diverse communities in the United States. 


Virginia General Assembly: Northern Virginia residents are represented in the Virginia General Assembly by 27 delegates and 12 senators. Who's My Legislator?

US Congress: Northern Virginia residents are represented in the US Congress by 5 elected members. Who's my House representative?  Who's my Senate representative?

Demographics and Other Characteristics

NVRC maintains a significant repository of data on the region’s demographics and other characteristics. The Northern Virginia Dashboard contains a significant amount of information about our community, demographics, and the people and work here.

NOVA Region Dashboard