Prince William County, VA
Prince William County is part of the area known as Northern Virginia. This is the second most populous county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with an estimated population of 437,636 as of 2014. The county seat is the independent city of Manassas. Some of Prince William County real estate lies right along the Potomac River providing residents with gorgeous waterfront views. Summers tend to be hot and humid while winters can be moderate to cool. In 2012, Prince William County was recognized as the 7th highest income county in the United States. Prince William County real estate has so much to offer homebuyers looking to build a life on the east coast. The crime rate continues to decline, there are several major employers, and plenty of recreational and entertainment options are available as well as great schools for children to attend.
Several incorporated cities, towns and census designated places are in Prince William County including Buckhall, Bull Run, Cherry Hill, Dale City, Gainesville, Independent Hill, Linton Hall, Marumsco CDP, Montclair, Nokesville, Quantico, Triangle, Yorkshire and many more. All of these places have a wide variety of Prince William County homes for sale. They come with a variety of neighborhoods and subdivisions all with their own unique selection of homes. Some offer affordable starter homes for first-time homebuyers and some are filled with upscale executive homes. Whatever your budget is, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Prince William County home for your family. There are four distinct seasons, so you can plan for snow in the winter, leaves in the fall, flowers in the spring and sprinklers in the summer. Your front yard will be ever-changing.
Prince William County was inhabited by the Doeg when the European expedition arrived in 1608 starting what is now known as the Jamestown Settlement. The Doeg were an Algonquian-speaking branch of the Powhatan tribal confederation. They had several villages in this area until the 1650’s. Prince William County, created in 1731, originally encompassed the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Faquier and Loudoun. The county was named after Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland. He was the third son of King George II. Prince William County was rural and agricultural for quite some time. In the early 20th century, the suburban population increased due to the new housing developments in the more populous towns of Prince William County. Manassas in particular experienced a decent population increase. By 1960, the county’s population reached 50, 164, and by 2014 it reached 437,000.
Prince William County Public Schools is the largest school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 81-thousand students having attended from 2011-12. It is also the fourth-largest school system in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Prince William County Public Schools serve 57 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 12 high schools. There’s also a virtual high school, two traditional schools, three special education schools, two alternative high schools and several specialty programs.
Prince William County is a center for historic sites, quaint towns, great shopping and beautiful scenery. Some great places to visit include: Old Town Manassas, National Marine Corps Museum, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas Museum, Prince William Forest Park, Historic Occoquan, Splashdown Waterpark, Virginia Gateway Shopping Center, Potomac Mills and more! Old Town Manassas is a short trip away from the Blue Ridge Mountains and just 30 miles from the nation’s capital. This tourist hot spot has shops and boutiques, museums, galleries and restaurants. There are also events that take place here year round, so there’s never a dull moment.
Prince William Forest Park is a local gem with camping and various trails to hike, bike or jog on. Splashdown Waterpark is a fun way to escape the summer heat with four-story slides on Pipeline Tower, Cannonball Slides, a Tropical Twister, log walk, lazy river and more! The children’s area includes bubblers, fountains and four kid slides. Historic Occoquan is another historically rich community in Prince William County. Visitors and residents enjoy the shops, restaurants, outdoor dining and ghost walks. There are picturesque and old-world structures throughout this restored artists’ community. It’s a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon stroll or a weekend getaway. People also love to getaway at the always-still Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge where only the sounds of nature and wildlife surround you and fill you with a sense of peace and serenity. This oasis is a refuge for migrating birds and residents who need a quiet break from the business of everyday living.
If you prefer shopping for fun or maybe a little retail therapy, Prince William County has no shortage of options for you. A local favorite is the Potomac Mills Mall, Virginia’s largest outlet mall. There are over 200 stores including Nordstrom, Kata Spade New York, Saks Fifth avenue, NIKE Factory Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Michael Kors and so many more. The food selection, as you can imagine, is amazing! Your lunch and dinner options here include Bahama Breeze, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Matchbox and The Cheesecake Factory. Then, there’s the Manassas Mall, Virginia Gateway Mall and several shopping centers.
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