Exurban Virginia Outside Of D.C. Fastest Growing Area In U.S.

Three of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the country lie in the Virginia exurbs surrounding Washington, D.C.
March 21, 2006, 5am PST | David Gest
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"The Washington area's powerful economy has pushed out suburban sprawl so far that two semirural counties south of Fredericksburg have become bustling commuter frontiers that rank for the first time among the fastest-growing communities in the nation.

Newly developing Caroline and King George counties have joined Loudoun County, which has been on each annual list since 2000, according to census figures for last year released today. Most people moving to all three come from older areas, where growth has slowed and new immigrants often replace residents who have left."

"Those new residents are seeking lower-priced housing, bigger lots and less congested roads than established neighborhoods offer. Some are bypassing other fast-growing counties that imposed development restraints. Age-restricted housing and waterfront property in Caroline and King George also are drawing retirees and 'pre-retirees,' people in their fifties who plan to work for a few more years."

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Published on Thursday, March 16, 2006 in The Washington Post
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