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McLean at a Glance
Part of Fairfax County, McLean is a wealthy community located between the Potomac River and Vienna. Don’t be surprised to find lots diplomats, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials living in the area, mainly due to its vicinity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. The community gets its name from John Roll McLean, former publisher and owner of The Washington Post. Today, community is known for its high-end, luxury homes and its nearby upscale shopping destinations such as Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. The community features excellent schools and great sports programs as well as arts and music programs. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities including Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Clemyjontri Park, Colvin Run Mill, Turkey Run Park, Great Falls National Park and Riverbend Park.
- McLean population 48,115
- Median age, 45
- Median household income $190,285
- Median property value $982,900
- 2018 data from the American Community Survey revealed that McLean was the 3rd wealthiest city in the United States.
- McLean public schools spend approximately $14,978 per student in comparison to the national average school expenditure in the U.S. which is about $12,383.
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. For more great information on things to do in and around Fairfax, check out Northern Virginia Magazine for tips in dining, nightlife, events and more.
Links of Interest:
City of Fairfax City Hall
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Central Fairfax Chamber of Congress
11166 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
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