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Old 02-09-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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Just go as far north as possible if you're going to live in Woodbridge. Southern Woodbridge is known as "Hoodbridge" esp. near Rt. 1. Northern Woodbridge is great along Old Bridge Road (Lake Ridge) or Davis Ford Road--all reached by travelling north toward Manassas on the Prince William Parkway.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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Don't know about the public elementary schools, but Aquinas (Catholic) School is very nice--run by the Dominicans of Nashville. Forest Park's (senior high) specialty IT (computers) program is quite nice.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:03 PM
 
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Before you look at jurisdictions, understand what it means to be a city in Virginia. Unlike every other state where a city is part of a county and often serves as the county seat, in Virginia cities are independent from the county that encompass them (39 of the 42 "independent cities" in the US are in Virginia!). There are also very few benefits of living in a "city" vs an unincorporated area as both are suppressed in what services they can offer to constituents due to the Dillon Rule.

Manassas City and Manassas Park are independent cities located in PWC. Looking at a map, Manassas Park is slightly rectangular shaped on the Eastern side of Manassas. Manassas Park used to be part of Manassas, but seceeded in the 70s.

Secession has not been kind to Manassas Park, as it is generally poorer than Manassas city. Newer, nicer housing is located near the Generals Ridge golf course and Signal Hill. Don't know about schools.

Manassas city schools I would assess as fair, but they do draw from some unfavorable areas (Georgetown South, some areas off Liberia), but they're not bad.

People may say they are from "Manassas", when in fact they live in the unincorporated areas around Manassas in Prince William County. A lot of the shopping areas people consider part of Manassas are not actually located in Manassas proper, including the Manassas mall. People in the vicinity of Manassas may have a Manassas mailing address even though they are in the county. PWC has good schools and newer housing.

Again, aside from the school pyramid, there aren't many day-to-day differences between living in any of the jurisdictions.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:11 PM
 
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Woodbridge is fine in the Lake Ridge area, but the southern part of Woodbridge is known as Hoodbridge for a reason. The extensive area of Manassas along either side of the Prince William Pkwy between Hoadly Rd. and Liberia Ave. is a very, very nice place to live with great public schools. Nearby private and small Seton Catholic School in Manassas City is good for the liberal arts and even for the arts, but lacking in the maths and sciences. The school is very small townsy (everyone is related by blood or marriage) with no AP classes. John Paul the Great Catholic HS and the Aquinas Catholic school (preK through 8th grade) near hoody Rt. 1, are gems in the rough and worth commuting to. The Dominican nuns at both are, as always, the bomb in a good way. Old Town Manassas is a wonderfully livable town with a very nice historic train station for commuter rail and Amtrak and also has many fine restaurants and community events. Prince William County Public Schools are now much better than Fairfax County Schools. Fairfax County is nice in places, and not so nice in other inner city places, but it should be noted that their school board is out of control from what they were 30 years ago in a very bad dictatorship type of way. Warrenton in Faquier County is very nice but very far. Loudon County is affluent and somewhat admirable, but flat, treeless, tight, congested, and airport loud. The center section of Prince William County mentioned above has our vote for the most livable.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:31 PM
 
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