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Old 06-29-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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Why all the Virginia plates?

We've been driving north on 93 from Florida for the past two days and beginning in Florida, have seen a disproportionate number of cars with Virginia license plates also heading north. Like groups of 6-7 at a time. Does anyone have any clue as to why this would be? Did something occur in Florida this weekend that a lot of Virginians would attend? We're thinking they're possibly people who work in D.C.? Anyone?
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I meant 95 N! Not 93.
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I'm not kidding when I say disproportionate! There were far more than any other "drivable state" plate. Maybe Virginians all take vacation at the same time. Who knows?
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Most people from Virginia work for or with the Federal Government and are just about the only people with vacation time and money.
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Off hand I think there is a point in the government, or their contractors. When I did some time down there in the mid 80's most of the metro around DC was farm land. Now it is houses filled with people who make a decent salary, live in new housing where there is some room to store an RV, and are stuck in a metro that it is good to escape from. In addition if there is a race weekend or Disney or a lot of other stuff it can be done in a long days drive. In addition school is already out there so families getting a jump on the season may have been to the Orlando area attractions. In other words a lot of people who can be on the move.
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Most people from Virginia work for or with the Federal Government.........

Does that qualify as a "big-assed generalization"?


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Not really. The housing boom around DC was fueled by government jobs and jobs at government contractors. Take away those jobs and the jobs servicing those people go away. Lose them and there is not much left.
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Why all the Virginia plates?

I suspect there's a fair trainload of folk stretched from Petersburg to Blacksburg and up past Charlottesville-- all from Virginia-- who might quibble with you. If you're talking about "Northern Virginia"-- say Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and PW counties-- then you're probably right. But they only account for about a quarter of the state population, and all those folks are too busy to be going to FL-- they're jamming up the highway from the Pentagon to Quantico!!


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While I agree that there are other things in the state besides the US Government there a ~5 million in the DC metro out of ~ 8 million in the state. Most of the population is Around DC and Richmond, also on 95. The DC commuter radius actually includes a bit of West Virginia and Pennsylvania as well as Baltimore but WV and MD would not have VA plates. ;-) BTW the major industry is defense contracting. ;-)
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We've been driving north on 93 from Florida for the past two days and beginning in Florida, have seen a disproportionate number of cars with Virginia license plates also heading north. Like groups of 6-7 at a time. Does anyone have any clue as to why this would be? Did something occur in Florida this weekend that a lot of Virginians would attend? We're thinking they're possibly people who work in D.C.? Anyone?
I think one of the major rental car companies uses VA as a state of registration for some or all of their fleet. I see a lot of VA plates on rental cars even out in CA. Did you notice if they were mostly cars with just a driver and no passengers? They could have been relocating a large number of the fleet up north. The "groups of 6 or 7 at a time" might tend to support my theory, ya put 6-7 drivers on the road to deliver the cars up north, then stick 'em in a van and send them back south. Lot's of retired folks make extra money moving cars around. Just a thought.
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.... there a ~5 million in the DC metro out of ~ 8 million in the state. Most of the population is Around DC and Richmond, also on 95. ......

You can't compare the entire DC metro population... NoVA pop is about 2.5 mill... Even if you want to include Richmond "because it's on 95" (???) that's still only another mil and a quarter, so you're still talking about less than half the state population. This is silly.


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Probably all heading home to get their Confederate Flags to turn in to the gubberment
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