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    NSF Dahlgren, VA Local Information

    The village of Dahlgren is the closest community to station, sharing a border with the research center. Dahlgren has has about 3,000 people, and is in King George County, which has a population of about 24,000 people. Other nearby small communities include King George (the town, about 5,000 people), and Colonial Beach (about 4,000).

    Fredericksburg is about 28 miles west of station, while the large city and state capital Richmond is 70 miles south. Washington DC is 53 miles north, across the Governor Harry Nice Memorial Bridge, up US 301, which runs through the station. North of station is La Plata, MD, a town of about 9,000, about 19 miles away from station.

    Local Housing Rental Prices: The average apartment rent in the Dahlgren area ranges from $600 to $800 per month. This varies considerably around the central coastal area, and ramps up dramatically closer to Washington DC.

    Local Housing Purchase Prices: The average price for a house in Dahlgren is about $268,000, compared to about $250,000 for Virginia.The average price for a house in King George County is about $282,000.

    Short Description of the Area: Dahlgren is a lightly populated area of central coastal Virginia. There are bigger cities nearby, but this area is made up of small, unofficial towns and villages, some with only a few hundred people living there. Dahlgren station is on the Potomac River, which flows out to Chesapeake Bay in the Atlantic Ocean. The Maryland state line is on the Virginia side of the river - a long dock into the Potomac crosses the state line.

    Climate and Weather: The area has a warm, humid climate, winter temperatures of the mid 40s to mid 20s and summer temperatures in the high 80s to high 60s. The area has generally temperate weather with occasional moderate storms (including rare, weak tornadoes, and rarer storms off the Atlantic). Summers generally warm with periods of rain. Winters are mild with periods of rain; snow is rare near the coast.