Living in Loudoun County

Loudoun County is a gorgeous, rural county in Virginia with a total area of 521 square miles. On the north, the county is bounded by the Potomac River and on the west by the Blue Ridge Mountain. Here’s a little information on what it would be like to live in Loudoun.

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Entertainment

There are so many fun and diverse things you can do in Loudoun County. If you love shopping, make sure to check out the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. For history buffs, the Oatlands Historic House and Garden is sure to interest you, whether you take a tour of the grounds or go to one of their unique events. There are also many wineries to enjoy in the county, including Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville.

 

Historic Sight

Oatlands Plantation House. Credit: Alyson Hurt on flickr creative commons

 

Economy

The rate of unemployment in Loudoun County is very low, at 3.8%, and the quality of jobs here is high. A subsidiary of Verizon Communications, MCI, Inc., has its headquarters in Loudoun County, and other top employers are Loudoun County Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Telos Corporation, and Loudoun Hospital Center. The county has also benefited economically from the existence of Washington Dulles International Airport, as it employs a lot of people.

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In the western part of the county, there is a strong rural economy, with the equine industry generating more than $70 million in revenue every year. The growing wine industry in the county has also produced several wines which are internationally recognized. The rich soil helps in the production of wheat, making Loudoun one of the leaders in the country.

 

Transportation

The traffic situation in this county is a little chaotic. Only around 3% of the population makes use of the mass transit system, even though Loudoun County has its own commuter bus service. If you move to the area it would be smart to take advantage of this system. Of course the airport is nearby so any air travel you need to do will be a breeze. Traveling by rail will soon be easier, as Loudoun County will benefit from the planned extension of the Silver Line, which will have a station at Dulles International Airport and two stations in Ashburn.

 

Nighttime Shot

Dulles Airport. Credit: Andrew Griffith on flickr creative commons

 

Schools

There are on average 13 students per teacher in the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) which is a great ratio. In terms of educational achievement versus money spent, Loudoun County schools recently ranked 11th in the country. Despite this, there is a trend of homeschooling in the area, so if you choose to do that resources will be available for you.

There are also many private schools in the area. Your children can attend Middleburg Academy, the Foxcroft School, Village Montessori School, and many more. For post-secondary education, there is the Sterling branch of Northern Virginia Community College and Patrick Henry College.

 

No matter your needs, Loudoun County is sure to meet them, so find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase.

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