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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Fairfax County is located in Virginia with a population of 1,142,004. 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
1,142,004

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$534,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,823
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

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    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
$117,515
National
$55,322

Fairfax County Reviews

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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.
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The schools are academically sufficient and will prepare your students well for the next academic level or life beyond high school. The teachers are well-trained and have enthusiasm and patience in their fields of work. The communities and streets are generally clean and are well-kept by the generous members of the community. Both local restaurants and franchises are sprinkled around the area, so there's always a place to eat at within a mile of where you are. The biggest grievance most have with the area is the higher standard and cost of living, as the average income is above average given the wealth of job opportunities here. Recommended for those with a stable, well-paying job, but it is an area perfect for any lifestyle.
Fairfax County has relatively safe neighborhoods and affluent communities. The public schools have great teachers and plenty of resources. Students are are given school-issued laptops for use at school and home. They are responsible for the fee for tech repairs. Traffic can be difficult at times. Their website improved and has beautiful graphics. Students are updated on changes like school closings from snow, wind, and rain.