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About the Washington, DC Metro Area

Sometimes referred to as “The DMV”, the Washington, DC metropolitan area consists of the District of Columbia and bordering states, Maryland and Virginia. The area is an exciting place to live and work, with a diverse range of attractions and amenities for individuals and families.

With hospital locations in Fairfax and Warrenton, VEMA providers enjoy the benefits of suburban life with easy access to all that DC has to offer. In and around DC, there are unlimited opportunities for entertainment and exercise, from professional sporting events, art exhibits, and historical landmarks to beaches, skiing, and hiking just a short drive away. We enjoy fine dining, fabulous shopping, award-winning theatre, beautiful parks, bike trails, golf courses, and hundreds of free things to do and see including monuments, memorials, and museums. The quality of life in the DC area is truly exceptional.

Top Schools

Northern Virginia’s K-12 schools have been recognized year after year for their outstanding teachers, high-performing students, and excellent resources. With a diverse, first-rate curriculum for every student at every level, local schools are consistently ranked among the top across the United States.

Stable Economy

Largely due to the dozens of federal agencies based in the DC Metro area as well as abundant government contracts Northern Virginia’s economy is strong and growing. Many other industries are thriving in this area as well, from real estate and tourism to technology and a variety of start-ups. Often cited as the most affluent region in the U.S., Northern Virginia has a low unemployment rate and a large concentration of highly-educated, highly-skilled workers.


No matter what your interests, the DC area offers endless opportunities for every activity. In DC and Northern Virginia, there are dozens of state parks, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and world-renowned golf courses. Some of the nation’s most beautiful mountains and rivers are right in our backyard, and beaches and ski resorts are just a few hours away.

World-Class Dining

Food is serious business in the DC metro area. But you don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate the diverse offerings all over the area. Here you’ll find every cuisine imaginable at every price point, from food trucks and casual dining to some of the most exquisite, upscale restaurants in the world.

History and Culture

In this area, monuments and memorials dot the landscape and history comes alive in our numerous museums. Whether you’re touring the Smithsonian, walking through George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, or paying homage at Civil War sites or the World War II Memorial, you’ll never run out of places to discover our heritage and celebrate our history.


Around here, there is always something to see. We enjoy internationally-acclaimed concerts, dance performances, theater, and art shows all over the DC region. Year round, there are film, food, and wine festivals, cultural celebrations, and a variety of events for people of all ages. DC is also a first-rate sports town, with men’s and women’s professional teams in every major American sport.


Whether you’re looking for a deal or you’re ready to splurge, the DC area has it all. Across the national capital region, there are charming boutiques, multiple outlet malls,antiques shopping, farmers markets, and world-class department stores.

Public Transit

The DC region boasts an excellent transportation system, including multiple international airports, a huge network of bus lines, and a growing web of local and commuter trains. The Washington Metro recently began expanding train service beyond the beltway with the Sliver Line, a much-anticipated extension that is making it easier and faster to travel between DC and the outlying suburbs.


Both Fair Oaks Hospital and Fauquier Hospital have been recognized time and again for their outstanding services and high patient satisfaction. We are proud to work at these superb hospitals, where the focus is always on excellent patient-centered care.

Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia is widely recognized for its excellent schools, thriving businesses, and exceptional quality of life. With a charming downtown area and a population of about 25,000, Fairfax is just 20 miles from downtown DC. It offers the best of both worlds: the quaint feel of a small town with close proximity to bustling Washington. Forbes Magazine recently named Fairfax one of the best places to live in the U.S., and residents often praise the city’s outstanding infrastructure, plentiful cultural amenities, and gorgeous parks. Fairfax hosts a number of exciting events year-round that attract thousands of visitors, including outdoor concerts and the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival.

Warrenton, Virginia

Known as Virginia Horse Country, Fauquier County holds several equestrian events every year, including the International Gold Cup Races. Fauquier County is also recognized for its many award-winning wineries and vineyards, most of which offer a variety of wine tasting festivals and events. Located less than an hour away from Washington, DC, the town of Warrenton is nestled among rolling hills and lush farmland. Warrenton’s downtown area includes historic homes, brick sidewalks, and friendly residents who enjoy the town’s vibrant arts scene and rich agriculture. Nearby, the beautiful Shenandoah National Park offers breathtaking views and unlimited opportunities to explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.