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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 23,402
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 12,514
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 53%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.9%
Median Earnings25+ $52,758
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,836
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,058

Wealth

Median Family Income $124,547
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,692
Median House Value $470,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.5%
Irish 12.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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
County
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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WASHINGTON DULLES INTL
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
Station STERLING RCS
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
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Annandale 42,893 $86,810
Burke 42,205 $137,698
Clifton 257 $179,250
Falls Church 13,308 $165,430
Reston 60,112 $131,264
Vienna 16,341 $152,668

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fairfax Public Libraries

Library
Fairfax County Public Library
12000 GOVERNMENT CTR PKWY STE 324
Fairfax, Virginia
(703) 324-8322
Library Web Site

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Fairfax Hospitals

INOVA FAIR OAKS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3600 JOSEPH DIEWICK DR
(703) 391-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fairfax High Schools

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ROBINSON SECONDARY
5035 SIDEBURN RD
703-426-2100
Serves 4,378 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

FAIRFAX HIGH
3500 OLD LEE HWY
703-219-2200
Serves 2,127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

WOODSON HIGH
9525 MAIN ST
703-503-4600
Serves 1,905 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

WOODSON ADULT HIGH SCHOOL
9525 MAIN STREET
703-503-6407
A Non-traditional School
Serves 340 students.

NORTHERN VA. TR. CTR. E.P
9901 BRADDOCK RD
703-323-4021
A Special Education School

FAIRFAX JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
10650 PAGE AVE.
703-246-2915
A Non-traditional School

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