Getting Ahead: The Uneven Opportunity Landscape in Northern Virginia

This NVHF-commissioned report finds that getting ahead is much tougher in some neighborhoods of Northern Virginia than in others: Fifteen “islands of disadvantage,” where people face multiple, serious challenges, are interspersed among some of the region’s wealthiest communities.

The report suggests that the solutions that will be most successful for improving health and wellbeing in Northern Virginia are those that grow business and local economies by making improvements in education, workforce training, public infrastructure and other areas.

View our interactive map tool that highlights the factors impacting opportunity across small geographic areas in Northern Virginia.

The Uneven Opportunity Landscape By Jurisdiction

The following fact sheets paint a picture of the opportunity landscape in various jurisdictions across Northern Virginia. Click each jurisdiction to download the fact sheet and explore the factors impacting opportunity in the community.