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Overview

Introduction to Falls Church, Virginia

Falls Church, Virginia is 3 miles NE of Annandale, Virginia (center to center) and 8 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. Part of the surrounding Washington metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Falls Church is home to some 10,377 residents.

Falls Church History

The area now known as Falls Church was inhabited by Native Americans until approximately 1667. Settlers began arriving in Falls Church from the Tidewater region of Virginia in the late 17th century. The community was founded in 1699 and was named "Falls Church" because of its location to the Potomac falls and the presence of a local Anglican church. At that time, Falls Church was a sleepy rural community. It was officially given the status of a township in 1875. Falls Church became an independent city in the year 1948.

Falls Church and nearby Attractions

  • Cherry Hill Farmhouse
  • Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
  • Mary Riley Styles Library
  • Columbia Baptist Church
  • Potomac Overlook Regional Park
  • Falls Plaza Shopping Center

Things To Do In Falls Church

The Arlington House, which was Robert E. Lee’s home before the Civil War, can be visited from Falls Church. The city also provides easy access to other historic sites and museums including Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, and Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site. The 18th century building called Falls Church, which served as a recruitment center during the Revolution and a hospital during the Civil War, is near the city. In addition, the shopping centers of Falls Church, such as West Falls Shopping Center, Falls Plaza Shopping Center, and Broadale Village Shopping Center, provide excellent entertainment opportunities for visitors. One can also plan a day trip to Potomac Overlook Regional Park or Upton Hill Regional Park.

Falls Church Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Falls Church Higher Education

The University of Northern Virginia is the local institute of higher education. Residents of Falls Church can also enroll in nearby Marymount University, Northern Virginia Community College, or American University.

People

Total Population 13,308
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,273
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 55.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 78.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $165,430
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 22.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,517
Median House Value $718,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 18.2%
Irish 11.1%

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

Falls Church Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Annandale, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County
Standard Zip Codes 22041, 22042, 22043, 22044, 22046
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22040
Company Zip Codes 22047
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.87
Longitude -77.17

Falls Church 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 DALECARLIA RESERVOIR
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station WASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance 10.3 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
Alexandria 149,315 $109,075
Annandale 42,893 $86,810
Arlington 223,945 $140,838
Burke 42,205 $137,698
McLean 47,784 $212,588
Vienna 16,341 $152,668

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

Falls Church Public Libraries

Library
Mary Riley Styles Public Library
120 NORTH VIRGINIA AVENUE
Falls Church, Virginia
(703) 248-5030
Library Web Site

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Falls Church Hospitals

INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3300 GALLOWS RD
(703) 698-1110
Emergency Service: Yes

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Falls Church High Schools

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STUART HIGH
3301 PEACE VALLEY LN
703-824-3900
Serves 1,537 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

FALLS CHURCH HIGH
7521 JAGUAR TRAIL
703-207-4000
Serves 1,473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

MARSHALL HIGH
7731 LEESBURG PIKE
703-714-5400
Serves 1,295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

GEORGE MASON HIGH
7124 LEESBURG PIKE
703-248-5500
Serves 617 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

PIMMIT HILLS ALTERNATIVE HIGH
7510 LISLE AVE
703-506-2344
A Non-traditional School
Serves 516 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

TRANSITION SUPPORT RESOURCE CENTER/FAIRFAX
C/O FAIRFAX CO PUBLIC SCHLS
703-208-6406
A Non-traditional School

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