A state slogan of “Virginia is for Lovers” may not be so far off, with Virginia offering scenic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain range on the west side of the state, and long stretches of white sand beaches on its east coast, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Virginia is located on the East Coast of the United States and is bordered to the north by West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland, to the west by Kentucky, and to the south by North Carolina and Tennessee.
With a population density of 207.3 inhabitants per square mile, the cost of living is slightly higher than the nationwide average, and the average yearly pay is $49,650, which is higher than the nationwide average by $2,908. Virginia’s consumer price index of 230 is 2.68% higher than the U.S. city average of 224 and the largest city is Virginia Beach, which was the 39th largest city in 2012 with a population of 447,489.
Virginia is one of the more historical states in the United States. The first permanent English settlement was established in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, and can now be toured as part of a “living history” museum, also including the towns of Williamsburg and Yorktown. Other attractions include Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the Great Dismal Swamp in the south, which was once used extensively by George Washington. If you are up for exploring, head west to the mountains where hundreds of deep caves can be found.
Virginia is a great location to move for those with degrees in security, largely due to the high concentration and continuous availability of government and government-contracting security jobs, including jobs at the Department of Homeland Security, Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency, who are always hiring. A search of Indeed.com turns up 19,601 jobs relating to the security field in Virginia, and there is no foreseeable shortage of security jobs. Many of these jobs will be located in Northern Virginia near the city of Alexandria.
State-based Financial Aid
There are ample financial aid opportunities to be found in Virginia. A good resource to check out for available grants is the Virginia Grant Watch website located here or the Campus Explorer website, which offers a comprehensive list of available opportunities. An additional list of state scholarships can be found here.
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