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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Housing
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    B-
  8. Cost of Living
    C
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    C+
Fairfax County is located in Virginia with a population of 1,143,529. Fairfax County is one of the best places to live in Virginia. In Fairfax County, most residents own their homes. In Fairfax County there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Fairfax County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Fairfax County are highly rated.
Population
1,143,529

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$550,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,851
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Fairfax County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    53.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    14.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    31.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    48.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    940.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    29.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Fairfax County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$121,133
National
$55,322

Fairfax County Reviews

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Super great community, very close nit and caring. People are always willing to lend a hand and help out others. Lots of diversity and different cultures being shared. Great schools and education programs and very good child athletic programs along with the schools. Safe and clean neighborhoods, that are friendly and welcoming. Quiet and peaceful, a place that feels safe and like home. I've lived here my entire life and I wouldn't change it for the world!
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I love living here! Fairfax County is an extremely diverse region, with one of the best public school systems in the United States. There are some really beautiful neighborhoods here, and I've never been to a part of Fairfax County that looked really "shabby" or not well-maintained. As Fairfax County is just a short distance outside of Washington, D.C., the cost of living is higher here than in more rural areas, but I do enjoy the proximity to a cultural center.
Fairfax County has a great public education system that challenges and prepares students for higher education. This is one factor that makes the county suitable for families with children. However, house prices are high and most residents commute to work. Commuting time ranges from thirty minutes to an hour depending on job location and traffic. Many residents work in DC. Additionally, since Fairfax County is a suburb, it is not walkable. Many residents must drive at least fifteen minutes to reach the nearest grocery store. There are no bike paths, so biking isn't an accessible option for most.