Northern Virginia kept its small-town nature for many decades. It was the vast increase in the size and scope of the federal government in the wake of the Second World War that spawned the growth and urbanization of Northern Virginia, as clerks and officials moved to the Washington D. C. area and service industries followed close behind. In fact, the majority of its citizens continue to work for the federal government and the armed services. In the last three decades, however, Northern Virginia has also become home to the headquarters of a significant and increasing number of large corporations. With its excellent public education, modern corporate architecture and historic sites of state and national interest, Northern Virginia thrives.
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