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Old 11-12-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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Why are Fairfax, Loudoun, and Montgomery-MD counties considered more desirable than Prince William & Prince George counties in the DC metro area?
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA/Washington, DC
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Why are Fairfax, Loudoun, and Montgomery-MD counties considered more desirable than Prince William & Prince George counties in the DC metro area?
ffx, loudoun, and mont have higher scoring schools, more expensive houses, and less crime than PW and PG. I'd argue that you can find desirable areas in each one of these counties whether it be PG or Loudoun.
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I've heard it goes all the way back to the original deeds of land. When the two princes were granted land, they couldn't be bothered to come take a look. That's one of the reasons they got stuck with the crappy land.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:26 AM
 
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I've heard it goes all the way back to the original deeds of land. When the two princes were granted land, they couldn't be bothered to come take a look. That's one of the reasons they got stuck with the crappy land.
Rep points for the excellent historical perspective

I do have to say that Prince William county is coming along. It has some really super nice areas - like Haymarket and Gainesville, Manassas bordering Clifton, etc., etc. Then it has some bad areas - like Dale City and I guess parts of Woodbridge. I do hope that in ten or twenty years, PW is lumped in a better category. But I don't think it's actually in the category with PG - isn't that the focus of the crime report every night on the news? (unless I'm mistaken, which I don't think I am).
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Why are Fairfax, Loudoun, and Montgomery-MD counties considered more desirable than Prince William & Prince George counties in the DC metro area?
Safety is a day dream in a big portion of PG county. PW county is just country. They seem to be living 3 to 4 yrs behind besides having some safety issues in some areas, including the KKK.
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Why are Fairfax, Loudoun, and Montgomery-MD counties considered more desirable than Prince William & Prince George counties in the DC metro area?
Montgomery and Fairfax County is closer in than Prince William, so that's an easy answer for that. Loudoun County is more commutable because the Dulles Toll Road backs up far less than I-66 or I-95, which are the main commute routes for Prince William. The coming new Metro line to Dulles and points west will further exascerbate that. Also, Loudoun has a reputation for excellent schools, and while Prince William has some excellent schools which certainly rival Loudoun's (and Fairfax's, and Montgomery's), they also have some that aren't seen as quite as good on the eastern half of the county, and that hurts the reputation.

As for Prince George's, it's really simple - the schools are horrific, and the crime rate is very high, especially inside and around the Beltway. I know, I know, there are exceptions - Hyattsville has a neat Route 1 corridor project going up, and Upper Marlboro can be very nice. I'm sure there are a couple others as well. Overall, though, anyone with kids who can afford to is going to either avoid Prince George's or send their kids to private school. I'd literally rather send my kids to DC schools than most PG districts, if that makes the point any better.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:08 PM
 
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I agree with knopfler. The comment that PW is "just country" is just not true at all. To the extent that it *is* country - well, that's all the good stuff - there is some space, some acreage, but not in all parts. Maybe we can distinguish between how things are perceived, and how they truly are, to those who have really lived there??? Maybe PW is perceived as being out in the country, but for those of us who have lived there (and remember, I only own VA property in McLean at this point so I'm no fanatic), well, we know the nuances.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:31 AM
 
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Loudoun County is also attractive because several major employers are right here (or in Reston, which borders the county)--for many people there's no need to commute to the city.

The new Janelia Research center is a prime example. These are businesses which tend to attract high-salaried, well educated people. These businesses are also involved with the schools in Loudoun. The science students work on projects at Janelia, the computer students have mentors at AOL, etc.
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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Yes, Loudoun is great. The real question is: what is the formula for attracting these excellent employers, and educated populace?

PW is getting the FBI, and (a) state Medical Examiner's Office. PW was supposed to get Eli-Lilly, but the project was, I think, scaled down, but no fault to the county, I think.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:27 AM
 
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Eli Lilly's insulin plant was abandoned. The steel was already in place and they decided to produce it at their Italian plant instead. They did not want to make their whole global supply at Indiana and PW. They wanted a more balanced production and distribution system. PW is plain and simple second rate to FFX--always has been, always will be.
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