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Falls Church at a Glance
Falls Church, a pocket-sized 2.2 square miles, lies only a few miles from the nation’s capital. Like many communities in Northern Virginia, the City of Falls Church has a long history. In the late 1600s, the city was a colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. The community developed around The Falls Church, which counted among its worshippers George Washington and Virginia statesman George Mason. In 1948 Falls Church became an independent city, thanks to the efforts of a group of parents determined to improve the local schools. Today the City of Falls Church has an excellent school system that attracts homebuyers from throughout the region, as well as its own police, volunteer fire department, water system, public library, parks and recreation division, and public works division. Falls Church was named an All-American City in 1962 and for 17 consecutive years has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Today, Falls Church is a modern city but one with a heritage and character that government officials, community leaders, and residents alike are intent on preserving. Two programs – the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit and the Virginia Main Street program – have already attracted close to $400 million in reinvestment in the city’s historic downtown and building inventory, in turn creating more than 15,000 jobs. Falls Church is a city committed to recognizing and using its historic landmarks, promoting smart growth, community identity, educational opportunities, tourism, and economic development.
- Population of City of Falls Church, more than 10,000
- Median age of residents, 39.7 years
- Median household income, $74,924
- Median house value, $2,77l,100
Seeing the Sights
The Falls Church, for which the city was named, was founded in 1732. The congregation’s first church building was erected in 1733 near a road leading to the falls of the Potomac River – giving rise to the name that was adopted by the town. The present church building was completed in 1769 and served as a recruiting station during the Revolution, and during the Civil War, as a Federal hospital, and later as a stable. The building, which serves as an Episcopal Church, has been restored to its 18th century appearance and is open to visitors.
A quiet respite can be found at National Memorial Park, a vast cemetery known for its gardens and sculpture fountains, including the Fountain of Faith, created by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles.
Visitors and residents of Falls Church are also close to the many attractions of Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The city also boasts a number of distinct and unique neighborhoods with their own shops and restaurants that celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of Falls Church.
Links of Interest
City of Historic Falls Church
300 Park Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046
Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce
417 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22040
The Falls Church
115 E Fairfax St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
National Memorial Park
7400 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA