The Impact of UK Residents on Northern Virginia

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The Impact of UK Residents on Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia has become a melting pot, and it’s done so very quickly. In the first half of the 20th century, the area was predominantly white American. Today, things have changed considerably. The largest minority is Hispanics, followed very closely by those of Asian descent (with Chinese and Indians leading the way). However, those aren’t the only ones choosing to move from their homelands to Virginia. A number of UK residents have opted to call northern Virginia home, and they’ve certainly had an impact.


One area where UK residents have had an impact in the state is in the area of medicine. A number of top doctors in northern Virginia where either born or educated in the UK before coming to the US to practice medicine. These include regional hospitals, as well as the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


It takes only a quick glance at the streets of Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria to see one of the major contributions by UK expats choosing to make the area their home. The number of English-style pubs and eateries now enjoyed by residents of the D.C. Metro Area is a direct reflection of the number of UK immigrants moving to the area.


If there’s one sector of the economy outperforming the rest (other than government jobs, of course), it’s technology. There are lots of tech jobs around the D.C. Metro Area, but you’ll find other technology hotspots throughout northern Virginia. Many of these firms employee UK or UK-educated professionals in their operations, ranging from technicians and web designers all the way up to executives.

Adding to Cultural Diversity

Once upon a time, northern Virginia wasn’t particularly diverse in terms of culture. In fact, it lagged behind much of the rest of the nation. Since the late 1900s, that’s been changing, and the pace of those changes is only increasing. Chinese and Indian residents still outnumber those arriving from the UK, but newcomers from across the Pond certainly add to the cultural diversity that marks Virginia today. As more and more jobs open up within government agencies and with international organizations, you can look for the number of UK residents to increase.

That’s particularly true given the current real estate investment outlook for the world. London once beat out New York as the primary real estate investment location, but those roles have reversed with the arrival of 2015, and it extends to all areas of the country. Washington D.C. (and by connection nearby cities in Virginia) ranks as the fourth most popular city in the world for UK real estate investment. Europeans from Germany, France and other nations are following the UK’s lead here.

In summation, while the presence of UK residents might not get the press that Chinese, Indian and even Canadian residents do, they’re certainly here, and they’ve become an integral part of the northern Virginia community, adding to the increasingly diverse culture here.


Impact of UK Residents on Northern Virginia

Contact Gene Mock, Associate Broker, Premier Team, Keller Williams Realty 703-342-8100 for more information about investing in Northern Virginia real estate

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Shifting Demographics: Chinese Residents Choose to Call Northern Virginia Home

Shifting Demographics: Chinese Residents Choose to Call Northern Virginia Home

Northern Virginia is caught in the midst of a revolution – not one of shifting governments, but of shifting demographics. Once upon a time, the area was primarily home to Caucasians and African Americans. That’s shifting today. Residents of Asian descent now make up a significant portion of the population, and they’re finding a welcoming community to call home. As of 2010, Asians made up 13.6% of the area’s population, compared to just 3.2% in the 1980s.

A Look at the Situation

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In a story from the Washington Post in 2011, you can glean hints of just how long the shift has been on going. In mid-May of 2011, reporters Carol Morello and Dan Keating highlighted the fact that the Washington D.C. area’s Asian population had grown by 60% since 2000. They also highlighted an interesting breakdown in Asian populations throughout the greater area. While Indians might be the most populous segment in Fairfax and Loudon counties, and Koreans called Centreville home more often than other areas, Chinese residents most frequently move to D.C. and Montgomery County. Specifically, the cities of Rockville and Potomac now boast a high concentration of Chinese residents.

If you want some interesting statistics concerning the Asian population in the area, consider the following:

  • Only Boston has more Chinese residents than northern Virginia on the East Coast.
  • Only New York has more Japanese residents.
  • Only New Orleans has more residents of Vietnamese descent.
  • Fairfax County – 17.5% Asian
  • Fairfax (City) – 15% Asian
  • Loudoun – 14.7% Asian
  • Arlington – 9.6% Asian
  • Falls Church – 9.4% Asian

The Shifting Employment Options

What’s behind the influx? Actually, there are numerous reasons, but one of the prime causes is the shift in employment options. As northern Virginia becomes home to more and more information-technology jobs, highly educated Chinese residents find it more appealing. This is particularly true near the high-tech corridor close to Dulles International Airport.

Housing Affordability

Another reason for the surge in Chinese (and others of Asian descent) moving to northern Virginia is the relative affordability of housing. While not “cheap”, you’ll find properties of all types available for prices not found in areas with comparable proximity to government seats, employment, shopping and dining options.

Culturally Relevant Shopping

A decade ago, you would have been hard pressed to find an Asian grocery store in most towns in northern Virginia. Today, that’s not the case. You’ll find mom and pop stores, but also chains like Great Wall. There are numerous others either already entrenched in the area, or making plans to start their presence. This includes everything from grocers to clothing to nightlife and restaurant options. You’ll even find that theaters throughout the area have begun showing Asia-specific films. Bollywood is one example, but Chinese exports are close behind.

It’s more than just a trend – northern Virginia is in the midst of a cultural shift, and Chinese residents are making up more and more of the population.


Contact Gene Mock, Associate Broker, Premier Team, Keller Williams Realty 703-342-8100 for more information about Northern Virginia real estate

Gene Mock Realtor


Shifting Demographics: Chinese Residents Choose to Call Northern Virginia Home