From the two Civil War battles that took place at the Manassas National Battlefield Park,to its role as the final campaign stop for President Barack Obama the night before the 2008 election,Prince William County has played an integral role in American history since its founding in 1730.
The county,the third-largest jurisdiction in Virginia,sits about 30 miles southeast of Washington and is part of the affluent National Capital Region. Prince William’s location is one of the reasons for its rapidly growing population,said Jason Grant,the county’s communications director.
“That small-town feel within your community with access to the amenities of the D.C. area,I think that drew people in,” Grant said.
Prince William is home to a school system that provides the most jobs in the county,a number of local and national parks,one of the state’s largest outlet malls and a growing life science and data industry,along with a boom of residential development. These factors have led to more and more jobs within county lines,allowing residents to avoid some of the longest commute times in the country,Grant said. These recent developments have transformed the county from its rural roots into a suburban mecca.
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Matt Wettengel writes about the politics of Prince William County.
Emily Siner writes about the county’s hopeful but changing economic climate.
Maddie Meyer writes about recent immigration laws and the Latino vote.
Siner and Meyer profile four voters.
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