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
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