Towns include: Aquia Harbour
Job growth (2000-2006): 35.9%
This D.C. Beltway suburb is well-positioned as a leader in high-tech job growth, with the FBI National Lab among the leading employers. GEICO is here as well, with McLane Mid-Atlantic, Hilldrup United Moving & Storage, Intuit and Northrop Grumman among other major employers. The U.S. Marines' Quantico base also helps drive the local economy that has become home to an escalating number of defense contractors. Stafford's unemployment rate: just 1.9 percent.