Fairfax County

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Fairfax at a Glance

Just six square miles, the residential community of Fairfax, Virginia, is situated just a convenient 12 miles west of Washington, DC. This charming, historic city which houses the wills of George and Martha Washington in its Judicial Center is adjacent to Fairfax County, known for its high standard of living, high tech economy, and sophisticated population of more than 1 million. The City of Fairfax is independent from the surrounding county and has its own schools, government, and police.

Quick Facts

  • City of Fairfax population, 21,498
  • Median household income in Fairfax County, $81,050
  • Wide range of housing styles including single-family, townhomes, and condominiums
  • New home prices average $408,600; resale price for single-family homes, $425,000, for townhomes, $230,000, and garden-style condominiums $215,000
  • Rapid growth of George Mason University has made Fairfax a center of higher education

Seeing the Sights

The City of Fairfax is home to a number of unique and interesting historic attractions and boasts a total of 109 historic properties within the city limits. The original courthouse, built in 1800, has been in continuous use except during the Civil War, when Union Troops used it as a stable. The Radcliff-Allison House, also known as Earp’s Ordinary, was built in the early 1800s on Main Street.

Fairfax is also well-known for its annual festivals. The Festival season begins in early February with The Chocolate Lover’s Festival. Spotlight on the Arts in April showcases the work of young, emerging, and distinguished artists alike with exhibits and performances. The annual Civil War Weekend in May honors the courage of local residents during this dark period in U.S. history. The Independence Day Celebration features the region’s largest parade, followed by an ice cream social, concert and fireworks display. The Fall for the Book Festival, held in October on the campus of George Mason University, celebrates the printed word with appearances by authors and poets. Also in October is the Fairfax Fall Festival, featuring the arts and crafts of more than 200 artisans. Wrapping up the year is the City of Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols, held in December, to kick off the season of holiday cheer.

Links of Interest:

City of Fairfax City Hall
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Central Fairfax Chamber of Congress
11166 Fairfax Boulevard
Suite 407
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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