Fairfax, Virginia

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Fairfax, Virginia

Introduction to Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia is 5 miles NW of Burke, Virginia (center to center) and 17 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The city is part of the Washington metro area. The population of Fairfax is 21,498.

Fairfax History

In the early 1700s, the area now known as Fairfax was settled by farmers from Virginia's Tidewater region. The community was named in honor of Thomas Lord Fairfax, one of the early landholders. The town of Fairfax was founded by Richard Ratcliffe. The first CS Officer of the American Civil War was killed in Fairfax on June 1, 1861. The place was officially renamed the Town of Fairfax in the year 1874. It became an independent city in 1961 and was then given the name of City of Fairfax.

Fairfax and nearby Attractions

  • Fairfax City Regional Library
  • Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
  • Saint Leos Catholic Church
  • Daniels Run
  • Kamp Washington Shopping Center
  • Algonkian Regional Park

Things To Do In Fairfax

For those interested in the historical and cultural background of the city, a visit to Fairfax City Regional Library and Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center may prove fruitful. The city’s industrial park areas, city halls, courthouses, and fire stations are also worth visiting. In addition, the beautiful Daniels Run is a popular tourist haunt. The numerous shopping centers provide a host of entertainment opportunities for visitors. The city also hosts annual festivals including Celebrate Fairfax, Chocolate Lovers Festival, and Fall for Fairfax.

Fairfax Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport, about 12 miles from the city, provides air transportation facilities.

Fairfax Higher Education

George Mason University and Mosely Institute for Professional Education provide facilities for higher education to residents of Fairfax. Other institutes nearby include Northern Virginia Community College and Marymount University.

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High Points

Fairfax strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Fairfax Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Fairfax Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% Fairfax College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Fairfax Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Fairfax Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 10% Fairfax People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Fairfax Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 14% Fairfax Low Rate of Poverty
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 17% Fairfax Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Fairfax, Virginia

Comparing Fairfax to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Male Share of the Population 7 9
Age of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 4 3
Female Share of the Population 4 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 9
Portion of People Married 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 10
People Above Poverty 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Working at Home 7 7
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 4
Housing Recently Built 5 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
People Living Alone 4 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Fairfax Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Burke, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 20151, 20152, 22030, 22031, 22032, 22033, 22034, 22035, 22036, 22039
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20153, 22038
Company Zip Codes 22037
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.85
Longitude -77.34

Fairfax Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 66 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.8 inches
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
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Fairfax Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 21,498 100%
Male 10,484 48.8%
Female 11,014 51.2%
Under 18 4,416 20.5%
18+ 17,082 79.5%
65+ 2,753 12.8%
Median Age 37
Average Family Size 3.07
White 15,675 72.9%
African-American 1,090 5.1%
Asian 2,617 12.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 73 0.3%
Other 1,326 6.2%
Mixed Race 701 3.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,932 13.6%

Estimated Fairfax Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,963
Growth 465
Growth % 2.2%

Fairfax Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
German 10%
Irish 9.6%
English 9.4%
US/American 6.6%
Italian 3.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.8%
Scottish 2.4%
Polish 1.9%
European 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Norwegian 1.2%
Dutch 1%
Russian 1%
Greek 0.9%
Swedish 0.8%
British 0.7%
Turkish 0.6%
Other Arab 0.6%
Lebanese 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
African 0.4%
Northern European 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Afghan 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fairfax 21,498 $78,921
Annandale 54,994 $80,459
Burke 57,737 $99,487
Clifton 185 $117,446
Falls Church 10,377 $97,225
Reston 56,407 $94,061
Vienna 14,453 $93,043

Fairfax Public Libraries

Fairfax County Public Library
Fairfax, Virginia
(703) 324-8322
Library Web Site

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Fairfax Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(703) 391-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Fairfax

(As of 2005)
Fair Oaks Mall
11750 Fair Oaks
12955 Fairlakes Shopping Center
13037-A Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
Pan Am Shopping Center
3011 Nutley Street
12200 W Ox Road
3043 Nutley St

Wal-mart in Fairfax

(As of 2006)
13059 Fair Lakes Parkway
(703) 631-9450
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Student/teacher ratio: 15

Serves 2,127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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Serves 1,905 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

A Non-traditional School
Serves 340 students.

10650 PAGE AVE.
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