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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,620
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+12,239
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married53%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54.7%
Median Earnings25+$53,087
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,115
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,216

Wealth

Median Family Income$121,554
% Above Poverty Level93.8%
% Below Poverty Level6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.8%
% Using Public Transportation9.9%

Housing

People Living Alone19.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,750
Median House Value$487,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.8%
German12.4%
Irish12.4%
English9.8%
Italian4.4%
Polish2.4%
Scottish2.3%
Arab2.3%
African1.8%
Russian1.4%
French Except Basque1.3%
Norwegian1.1%
Dutch1%
Welsh1%
Swedish0.8%
Afghan)0.7%
Slovak0.6%
Czech0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Kenyan0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Ghanaian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Egyptian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Liberian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Greek0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Syrian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
West Indian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Fairfax Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Loudoun County
Standard Zip Codes22030, 22031, 22032, 22033, 22034, 22035, 22036, 20151, 20152
P.O. Box Zip Codes22038, 20153
Company Zip Codes22037, 20598
Phone Area Codes571, 703
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.84
Approximate 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)

StationWASHINGTON DULLES INTL
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp22 to 41 F
Apr Temp40 to 66 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip41.8 inches
StationSTERLING RCS
Distance12 miles
Jan Temp19 to 42 F
Apr Temp37 to 66 F
Jul Temp62 to 87 F
Oct Temp39 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.1 inches
StationNATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Annandale43,158$86,320
Burke42,290$142,212
Clifton219$178,750
Falls Church13,597$168,667
Reston60,070$131,430
Vienna16,378$158,615

Fairfax Public Libraries

Fairfax County Public Library
12000 GOVERNMENT CENTER PARKWAY SUI
Fairfax, Virginia
(703) 324-8322

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Fairfax Hospitals

Northern Virginia Eye Surgery Center
2710 Prosperity Ave., Ste. 150
(703) 289-1290
Northern Virginia Surgery Center
3620 Joseph Siewick Drive
(703) 766-6960
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
(Non-profit)
3600 Joseph Siewick Drive
(703) 391-3600
Fairfax Surgical Center
(Proprietary)
10730 Main Street
(703) 691-0670
Potomac Ambulatory Surgery Center, L.l.c.
(Proprietary)
8503 Arlington Boulevard
(703) 204-0000

Fairfax Public Schools

Daniels Run Elem
3705 Old Lee Hwy
ZIP: 22030
(703) 279-8400
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
Eagle View Elem
4500 Dixie Hill Road
ZIP: 22030
(703) 322-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 709
Fairfax High
3501 Rebel Run
ZIP: 22030
(703) 219-2200
High
Total Enrollment 2622
Fairfax High School Academy
3501 Rebel Run
ZIP: 22030
(703) 219-2200
Fairfax Juvenile Detention Home
10650 Page Ave.
ZIP: 22030
(703) 246-2915
Fairfax Villa Elem
10900 Santa Clara Dr
ZIP: 22030
(703) 267-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 634
Interagency Alt. Sec. Ctr
3877 Fairfax Ridge Rd
ZIP: 22030
(571) 423-3360
Lanier Middle
3801 Jermantown Rd
ZIP: 22030
(703) 934-2400
Middle
Total Enrollment 1086
Providence Elem
3616 Jermantown Rd
ZIP: 22030
(703) 460-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 938
Willow Springs Elem
5400 Willow Springs School Rd
ZIP: 22030
(703) 679-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 983
Fairhill Elem
3001 Chichester Ln
ZIP: 22031
(703) 208-8100
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Mantua Elem
9107 Horner Court
ZIP: 22031
(703) 645-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 959
Mosby Woods Elem
9819 Five Oaks Rd
ZIP: 22031
(703) 937-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 1011
Woodson High
9525 Main St
ZIP: 22031
(703) 503-4600
High
Total Enrollment 2378
Bonnie Brae Elem
5420 Sideburn Rd
ZIP: 22032
(703) 321-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 713
Fairfax County Adult High
4105 Whitacre Rd, Room T108
ZIP: 22032
(703) 503-6407
High
Total Enrollment 290
Frost Middle
4101 Pickett Rd
ZIP: 22032
(703) 426-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1101
Laurel Ridge Elem
10110 Commonwealth Blvd
ZIP: 22032
(703) 426-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Little Run Elem
4511 Olley Ln
ZIP: 22032
(703) 503-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Northern Va. Tr. Ctr. E.p
9901 Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22032
(703) 323-4021
Oak View Elem
5004 Sideburn Rd
ZIP: 22032
(703) 764-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 785
Olde Creek Elem
9524 Old Creek Dr
ZIP: 22032
(703) 426-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Robinson Secondary
5035 Sideburn Rd
ZIP: 22032
(703) 426-2100
High
Total Enrollment 4004
Wakefield Forest Elem
4011 Iva Ln
ZIP: 22032
(703) 503-2300
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Greenbriar East Elem
13006 Point Pleasant Dr
ZIP: 22033
(703) 633-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 1012
Greenbriar West Elem
13300 Poplar Tree Rd
ZIP: 22033
(703) 633-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 1138
Lees Corner Elem
13500 Hollinger Ave
ZIP: 22033
(703) 227-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Navy Elem
3500 W Ox Rd
ZIP: 22033
(703) 262-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 873

Fairfax Private Schools

Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Ct
ZIP: 22030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 164
Good Shepherd Christian School/little Flock Presch
11911 Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
Oak Valley Center
11230 Waples Mill Rd Ste 100
ZIP: 22030
Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
Paul Vi Catholic High School
10675 Fairfax Blvd
ZIP: 22030
Secondary
Total Enrollment 941
The Boyd School
3909 Oak St
ZIP: 22030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
The Kellar School Of Inova Kellar Center
11204 Waples Mill Rd
ZIP: 22030
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Trinity Christian School
11204 Braddock Rd
ZIP: 22030
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 689
Truro Preschool & Kindergarten
10520 Main St
ZIP: 22030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Appletree School
9655 Blake Ln
ZIP: 22031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
Merritt Academy
9211 Arlington Blvd
ZIP: 22031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 120
Montessori School Of Cedar Lane
3035 Cedar Ln
ZIP: 22031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
The New School Of Northern Virginia
9431 Silver King Ct Ste A
ZIP: 22031
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 142
Way Of Faith Christian Academy
8800 Arlington Blvd
ZIP: 22031
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
Winwood Children's Center
12301 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
ZIP: 22033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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