Rankings and Accolades

Prince William County
Rankings and Ratings

1. #8 among Counties nationwide for job growth from 2000 – 2011 by CNN Money (2012)

2. Among wealthiest zip codes in Washington DC metro area.  Zip codes located in Dumfries, Haymarket and Manassas have been listed among the Greater Washington Area’s Top 50 Wealthiest Zip Codes.  Read more here.  (2013)

3. Prince William County is the 2nd largest and fourth fastest growing county in Virginia. According to the University of Virginia, Prince William County is the fourth fastest growing county in Virginia.  Read more here.

4. GAINESVILLE: BEST CITY FOR VIRGINIA’S YOUNG FAMILIES - According to consumer finance website, NerdWallet, Gainesville ranks as the best city for young families in Virginia. Their rankings considered home affordability; prosperity and growth; quality of education; and family friendliness.  Read more here.

5. LIFE EXPECTANCY IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY AMONG HIGHEST IN THE UNITED STATES - Prince William County residents enjoy some of the highest life expectancy levels in the country.  So says a study by the Social Science Research Council.  Of the 435 congressional districts, the 10th District (which includes parts of northern Prince William County) came in 16th with an average life expectancy of 82.5 years.  Meanwhile residents on the eastern end of the County which help make up the 11th District appeared to fare even better with average life expectancy of 83.6 years, second only to California.  Read more here.

6. Home to some of the fastest-growing privately held companies – Inc 500/5000 list (2012)

7. Prince William County voted best place to own a home in Virginia – by Nerdwallet 2014.  In its recently released rankings, Linton Hall was selected as the best location to own a home in Virginia with Buckhall, Montclair and Marumsco taking 2nd, 4th and 7th places as well.  Locations were assessed on the basis of availability, affordability and population growth.  Read more here

8. Dale City voted among best places to live and find a job – CNN Money (2014)

9. PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY AMONG TOP 15 HEALTHIEST COUNTIES IN VIRGINIA - In the annual survey compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which ranks the health of communities by county, Prince William County ranked #11 of the 133 rated counties and cities in Virginia.  Read more here

10. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center rated as “high performing” in two adult specialties – geriatrics and nephrology.Read more here by US News in its 2013 Best Hospitals Rankings.  

11. Prince William County voted among America’s Top 25 Tech Hotspots - Prince William County was ranked 19th on the Progressive Policy Institute’s list of “America’s Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots”.  The 2013 study considered the County’s 12.2 percent growth rate in high-tech/information jobs compared to the 6.8 percent job growth rate in non- high-tech, private sector jobs.  Read more here


12. PRINCE WILLIAM MEDCIAL CENTER AMONG MOST AFFORDABLE HOSPITALS IN VIRGINIA.  Prince William Medical Center, Manassas, VA – a member of the non-profit Novant Health organization serving Prince William County, was rated 8th among the top 10 most affordable hospitals in Virginia.  Read more here

13. PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS AMONG TOP 10 PERCENT NATIONALLY.  Patriot High School in Nokesville ranks 13th in Virginia, 31st in the Washington, D.C. area, and 318 nationally out of 22,000 high schools. Osbourn Park follows, ranking 35th in VA, 59th in the DC area, and 578 in the nation. Both schools are among the top 3 percent in the country. All 11 Prince William County high schools ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent in the Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” released April 20. Full survey results are at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/.  Read more here.

14. Prince William County maintains AAA bond rating.  Prince William County is one of only 38 counties in the entire nation to carry the coveted AAA bond rating, and including states and cities, the County is one of only 77 jurisdictions nationwide to hold this prestigious designation.  The rating was upheld by each of the three major international credit rating agencies: Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.  The bonds valued at $82.5 million were sold on September 23, 2014 and the proceeds will be used to fund capital costs for one new elementary school (Devlin Road Elementary), one elementary school addition (Featherstone Elementary), half the construction cost of the 12th high school, and architectural and design services for three schools and one maintenance facility.  Read more here.

15. Prince William Communities Among Top Cities on the Rise in VA - NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the fastest-growing cities in Virginia and four communities in Prince William County ranked among the top 20, with Neabsco ranked #1.  Nerdwallet considers labor force, employment and income growth.  Read more here and here.

16. PRINCE WILLIAM SCIENCE ACCELERATOR LISTED AMONG TOP 5 ACCELERATORS - The Prince William Science Accelerator was featured in Bisnow as one of the 5 accelerators technology companies in the Washington D.C. area should know.  Read more here.

17. PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY AMENITIES FEATURE IN WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL’S 2015 BOOK OF LISTS - More than 30 Prince William County institutions and amenities made the “Top” list in the Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists 2015.  Six of the community’s prime golf courses were rated in the Top 25, which include Old Hickory Golf Club (#5), Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (#6), Stonewall Golf Club (#8), Bristow Manor Golf Club (#11), Dominion Valley County Club (#15) and Piedmont Club (#20).  The County’s transit-oriented improvements also made the Top 25 list of transportation projects including work done to Route 29 and Linton Hall (#6); Interstate 95 Auxiliary Lane and Shoulder Safety Improvements (#16); and Interstate 66 Active Traffic Management System (#19).  The Department attended the annual celebration to recognize the region’s power players on January 29, 2015, which served as a good networking opportunity.  Read more here.


Virginia Rankings and Ratings

1. VIRGINIA RANKED 6TH AMONG STATES WITH THE MOST FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES Virginia was ranked 6th by CEO.com among states with the most Fortune 500 companies.  The state is home to some 23 company headquarters of F500 companies.  Read more here.

2. VIRIGNIA RANKED 2ND BEST STATE FOR DOING BUSINESS BY FORBES AND 10TH BEST STATE BY SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE - Virginia was ranked 2nd best state for doing business by Forbes Magazine’s annual list of The Best and Worst States for Business behind Utah.  In a separate ranking, Site Selection ranked the state as 10th in its list of states with the Top Business Climate.  Read more here and here.

3. VIRGINIA AMONG MOST INNOVATIVE STATES IN THE UNITED STATES.  According to Bloomberg L.P., Virginia ranks as the 11th best state for Innovation.  See complete rankings here.

4. VIRGINIA RECEIVES A+ IN SMALL BUSINESS FRIENDLINESS SURVEY - Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released Virginia's results from the third annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey.  Survey respondents comprised of thousands of small business owners nationwide have reaffirmed that Virginia is a premier destination for starting and running a business.  Read more here

5. VIRGINIA COLLEGE ALUMNI AMONG HIGHEST PAID GRADS - Six Virginia colleges are included in the top 100 of PayScale’s list of schools producing the highest paid graduates.  The salary information company featured a list of highest paid graduates with only a bachelor’s degree and another comparison of all alumni’s salaries in its 2014-15 College Salary Report.  Read more here.

6. FIVE VIRGINIA SCHOOLS MAKE LIST OF TOP NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Five Virginia universities have made it on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Top National Universities and Top Public Schools.  Read more here.

7. VIRGINIA RANKS SIXTH IN TELECOMMUTING OPPORTUNITIES - According to FlexJobs, an online telecommuting and flexible employment website, Virginia ranks sixth when it comes to at-home telecommuting opportunities.  FlexJobs found that 4.5% of Virginia's population worked from home.  Among major employers offering telecommuting opportunities were: Bulletin Intelligence, Salesforce and Pitney Bowes.  Read more here

8. VIRGINIA AMONG TOP TEN FINANCIALLY LITERATE STATES - WalletHub – a social media company that specializes in providing financial tools and information –ranked Virginia as #10 in their list of financially literate U.S. states.  The rankings were determined based on analysis of financial education programs and consumer spending habits.  View rankings here.


Regional Rankings 

1. WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA AMONG TOP 3 BEST PLACES FOR STEM GRADUATES - According to personal finance website – Nerdwallet, the Washington D.C. Metro Area ranks as the 3rd best place for graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  In addition to the plethora of political and government employment opportunities in the nation’s capital, the region is also home to many jobs in technology and scientific research.  Read more here.

2. WASHINGTON D.C. TOPS BEST CITIES FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Bizwomen has determined that Washington D.C. is the best market for women in business.  The area’s preponderance of business opportunities for women, both as entrepreneurs and employees, as well as having a substantial number of well-educated, well-paid women in key positions, placed it head and shoulders above other major metro areas.  Read more here.

3. D.C. area workers among nation’s most satisfied - The Washington DC Metro Area tied for third in employment satisfaction among 50 metro areas, according to a survey by job search and recruitment firm Glassdoor.  Read more here.

4. WASHINGTON D.C. AMONG TOP TWO METRO AREAS WITH HIGHEST GROWTH IN ENGINEERING GRADS - Site Selection Group – a full service advisory firm – listed Washington D.C. as the metro area that recorded the second fastest growth in engineering graduates.  Click here to read more and view rankings.

5. ECONOMIC IMPACT OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY DATA CENTERS - The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) recently released a research report produced by Mangum Economics, that quantified the economic and fiscal contribution of data centers to the Virginia economy.  Not surprisingly, it concluded that while data centers have a big overall economic impact, they are very sensitive to states’ tax regimes.  In 2014 alone, the total statewide economic impact attributable to the data center industry was approximately 36,043 jobs, $2.7 billion in wages, $8.6 billion in economic output, and $298.9 million in state and local tax revenue.  The report further highlighted that the data center industry is very capital-intensive which translates into it contributing a disproportionate amount of property tax revenue, by far the largest source of revenue for Virginia localities. The data center sector provides approximately $9.50 in tax revenue to Loudoun County, and approximately $4.30 in tax revenue to Prince William County for every dollar in county services they require.  Read more here and for the full report, click here.