We have the perfect mix of country, city, and suburb, all within a few square miles: Looking for city life? Live it up at Tyson's Corner, Old Town, or Arlington. Need a great atmosphere for raising a family? McLean and Reston are perfect for you. Want access to a rural, outdoorsy lifestyle? Come visit Great Falls or Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. Northern Virginia offers the perfect blend of city, suburb, and country, all within twenty minutes of each other.
Virginia Cops are FTB: Virginia Cops are well known to be for the boys (or girls). If you get caught speeding for the first time, you are likely to get off with just a warning. If your neighbors call the cops on you because you’re throwing a house party, it’s unlikely that you’ll even get a citation. Additionally, unlike D.C. and Maryland, Virginia’s roads lack traffic cameras, so feel free to go a few miles per hour over the speed limit while in this great state.
You can get your driver’s license earlier in Virginia: In Virginia, you can get your learner’s permit at fifteen years and six months and your license at sixteen years and three months. In Maryland, you can get your permit at fifteen years and nine months and your license at sixteen years and six months, similarly to D.C. Those extra three months of driving are a nice bonus to have.
Virginia has the best in-state schools: Living in Virginia would be beneficial for any college-bound, Cathedral Close student. Virginia’s top two state schools, UVA and William & Mary, surpass both UDC and UMD in every academic ranking. Likewise, the $20,000-28,000 in-state tuition discount Virginians receive at these schools trump the measly $10,000 that D.C. students get off for state-school tuition. For Close students looking to attend a high-caliber, relatively affordable state school, living in Virginia is to their advantage.
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