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Old 12-13-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Fallout is correct that availability of land for new development is a major factor in growth (its also one reason why central cities and very close in inner suburbs will have more growth than built out "middle burbs" which have no vacant land, but are not prime for densification). Its not the only factor driving growth and of course does not account for why one "exurb" grows more than another. The largest driver of faster growth in Loudoun is almost certainly the growth in employment there (in some cases population can drive employment growth, but I think in the case of Loudoun thats 90% the other way around)

There are several reasons for Loudon doing particularly well - its location at the end of the Va side of the "favored corridor" where it gets employment moving out from Tysons, which in turn got employment coming out from North Arlington. PWC, by contrast, would be more likely to get growth coming down from Southern Fairfax. Southern Fairfax has not been the jobs engine that Tysons has been - whatever is driving that, its certainly not different county policies, and I would venture its not a cultural difference between North and South Fairfax.

Also important is Dulles Airport. Also, IIUC, the presence of large scale internet server farms, enabled to some degree by the structure of the power grid, which have drawn internet related firms.

and with all due respect to PWC and Stafford, the physical attractiveness of the Piedmont countryside may have played a role.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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Fallout is correct that availability of land for new development is a major factor in growth (its also one reason why central cities and very close in inner suburbs will have more growth than built out "middle burbs" which have no vacant land, but are not prime for densification)
Necessary, but not sufficient comes to mind.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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I currently live in Tysons, and am actually heavily leaning towards moving to Loudoun or at least the outskirts of FFX county in a few years to get a bigger/nicer house since our family is rapidly growing. Moderator Cut

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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I currently live in Tysons, and am actually heavily leaning towards moving to Loudoun or at least the outskirts of FFX county in a few years to get a bigger/nicer house since our family is rapidly growing. Moderator Cut
I don't live in Loudoun, so feel free to move there. You won't have to put up with the likes of me.
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