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- Why King George?
Why King George?
We believe King George County is strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region with easy access to major transportation routes leading to markets in the north, south and western regions of the country. King George has a diverse mix of businesses-military, government contracting, light industrial, and professional services, as well as an excellent school system. The County offers a vast inventory of developable land at very competitive rates, and offers a very attractive quality of life enjoyed by our residents and visitors alike.
King George is one of Virginia's fastest-growing counties, yet it remains primarily rural with a current population hovering around 27,000. The county also offers some of the lowest tax rates in the region at $0.73 per $100 for real estate, $3.50 per $100 for business personal property, and $2.50 per $100 for machinery and tools.
The County maintains a very diverse mix of economies with business representation from light industrial to military and government contracting. The County's largest employer is Naval Support Facility Dahlgren with over 10,000 military, federal, and civilian jobs. Naval Support Facility Dahlgren is home to seven major commands, including Naval Surface Warfare Center, Navy Air, and Missile Defense Command, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program, and Joint Warfare Analysis Center. Yet, to complement these high skilled jobs, the workforce in the area also supports less technical job categories giving companies an opportunity to staff and manage less skilled operations.
To support the ever-changing workforce in the area, we have a very agile and aggressive K-12 program and Naval Surface Warfare Center S.T.E.M. program encourages local area youth to become the next generation of scientists and engineers. Students are selected for participation in the programs through their school. In addition, Rappahannock Community College and Germanna Community College offer training and associate degree opportunities, with Rappahannock Community College having a satellite location at King George Highschool. The University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus supports advanced training and degrees in science, engineering, and math through partnerships with Virginia Tech University, George Mason University, and Old Dominion University and various others throughout the Commonwealth.
The county is served by two major transportation routes, U.S. I-95 and Route 301 providing easy access to the metropolitan Washington D.C. region and other points north and the Richmond, Virginia and Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina areas and other points south, all within a day's drive from King George. Roads leading to these major routes are four-lane, state maintained routes getting vehicles to I-95 in less than 25 minutes and to Route 301 in less than 10 minutes. In addition, there is direct access to CSX rail, offering the opportunity to move products and supplies by rail to major population centers throughout the United States in a quick and efficient manner.
Quality of Life
In addition to the numerous business amenities, King George offers its residents an appealing quality of life. While the county encourages business growth and development, it also ensures its rural character is maintained as reflected in the Mission and Vision Statement of the updated Economic Development Strategic Plan.
King George County is home to Caledon State Park, a designated National Natural Landmark, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles on the East Coast, providing residents and visitors a unique opportunity to view these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. King George also offers access to the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River for those seeking water-based recreation.
Should you have any questions or want clarification on any of the information that has been provided, please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to hearing from you soon!