Introduction to McLean, Virginia

McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 5 miles SW of Bethesda, Maryland (center to center) and 9 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is considered part of the Washington metropolitan area.

McLean History

McLean is a census-designated area in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. The area was named after former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, John Roll McLean. He, along with the bankroll of French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard and Stephen Benton Elkins, built the electrified Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway in 1906. The community was founded in the year 1910, at the time of the merging of the Lewinsville and Langley communities. The town of McLean is the home of the CIA's headquarters, which were set up in 1961.

McLean and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington House
  • Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Station
  • Garfield Memorial Church
  • Little Pimmit Run
  • Great Falls Park
  • Fort Marcy Park

Things To Do In McLean

From McLean one can visit Arlington House, Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Clara Barton House, and Falls Church. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm and the Discovery Creek Children's Museum are also within a radius of ten miles of the town. The local churches have some beautiful architectural features that are reminiscent of the bygone era. There are also a number of stunning streams and creeks including Little Pimmit Run, Scott Run, Dead Run, Bryan Branch, and Turkey Run. Langley Shopping Center, Chesterbrook Shopping Center, and McLean Shopping Center are a shopper’s paradise. In addition, the town hosts the 18th Century Market Fair, Fall Russian-Slavic Cultural Festival, and McLean Day celebrations every year.

McLean Transportation

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is close by.

McLean Higher Education

Keller Graduate School of Management, Inc. is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes nearby include Marymount University, American University, and Northern Virginia Community College.

Mclean Almanac

CountyFairfax County
Standard Zip Codes22101, 22102
P.O. Box Zip Codes22103, 22106
Company Zip Codes20598
Phone Area Codes571, 703
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.93
Approximate Longitude-77.16

Mclean Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 44 F
Apr Temp42 to 69 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp27 to 43 F
Apr Temp46 to 66 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.3 inches
Distance10.7 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
Falls Church14,067$178,542

Mclean Public Schools

Chesterbrook Elem
1753 Kirby Rd
ZIP: 22101
(703) 714-8200
Total Enrollment 692
Churchill Road Elem
7100 Churchill Rd
ZIP: 22101
(703) 288-8400
Total Enrollment 857
Cooper Middle
977 Balls Hill Rd
ZIP: 22101
(703) 442-5800
Total Enrollment 728
Kent Gardens Elem
1717 Melbourne Dr
ZIP: 22101
(703) 394-5600
Total Enrollment 922
Langley High
6520 Georgetown Pike
ZIP: 22101
(703) 287-2700
Total Enrollment 2012
Mclean High
1633 Davidson Rd
ZIP: 22101
(703) 714-5700
Total Enrollment 2072
Sherman Elem
6633 Brawner St
ZIP: 22101
(703) 506-7900
Total Enrollment 407
Spring Hill Elem
8201 Lewinsville Rd
ZIP: 22102
(703) 506-3400
Total Enrollment 955

Mclean Private Schools

Brooksfield School
1830 Kirby Rd
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 32
Country Day School
6418 Georgetown Pike
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 14
Montessori School Of Mclean
1711 Kirby Rd
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 103
Ridgemont Montessori School
6519 Georgetown Pike
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 11
St John Academy
6422 Linway Ter
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 248
St Luke Catholic School
7005 Georgetown Pike
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 226
The Langley School
1411 Balls Hill Rd
ZIP: 22101
Total Enrollment 446
The Potomac School
1301 Potomac School Rd
ZIP: 22101
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1007
First Steps Early Learning Academy
7900 Westpark Dr Ste A040
ZIP: 22102
Total Enrollment 10
The Madeira School
8328 Georgetown Pike
ZIP: 22102
Total Enrollment 311
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