State Snapshot: Virginia

SAN MATEO (01/24/2000) - Prospects for IT job-seekers in Virginia are excellent, with software developers and technical-support professionals in particularly high demand.

Vital statistics

Population:

State -- 6,872,912 (ranks 12th in nation)Arlington -- 177,275Unemployment rate:

State -- 2.8% (national -- 4.1%)

Arlington area -- 2.3%

Median housing cost:

Arlington area -- $179,900 (national -- $136,000)Business outlookTop industries: Communications, services, agriculture, government, tourismTop employers: Mobil Corp., General Dynamics Corp., America Online Inc., Gannett, CSX, Circuit City Stores Inc.

Economic outlook: Virginia's economy is booming, especially in the northern part of the state. However, residents in that area are being forced to deal with increased traffic congestion and urban sprawl.

Tax situation: Virginia has a state sales-tax rate of 3.5 percent, personal income-tax rate of 5.75 percent, and an average property-tax rate of $1.11 per $100 of assessed value.

Local talk

"With the second-highest concentration of high-tech industries in the United States, Virginia is on the verge of becoming the Silicon Valley of the East."

-- Katherine Clark, CEO, Landmark Systems, Alexandria, Va.

IT salaries

Arlington area (large companies)

VP-information services -- $191,434

IS director -- $162,673

Network services manager -- $102,864

Web resources

Virginia Economic Development Partnership -- www.yesvirginia.orgThis state organization site provides useful economic and business development information.

Virginia Business -- www.virginiabusiness.comState facts, workforce data, and links to business sites are among the features on this publication's site.

SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, RELOCATION CENTRAL, POSITIVE SUPPORT REVIEW SALARY SURVEY

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