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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$487,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,750
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%

Fairfax Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    33
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    40
    41
  • Robbery
    33
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137
    500
  • Theft
    1,464
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    83
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$104,065
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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You will never hear anyone say that they can't find something to do here. There's a healthy variety of cultures, city life and outdoor recreation, and employment opportunities. It gets busy sometimes, and the cost to live here versus some other areas farther away from DC may keep people with families from enjoying this area, but the quality of life simply can't be beat. It's conveniently close to DC and has a metro running through the heart of the city, so commuters don't have to worry about working far from home. The public schools are recognized for their superb educational quality and George Mason University has a great reputation.
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Overall I think this area is much better than other areas around the country/state. Certainly there's its problems and has room for improvement, but living in and growing up in Fairfax has been a fortunate thing. It's a suburban area with lots of neighborhoods, shopping areas, schools, etc so its great for kids to grow up in. Lots of diversity and many professionals live in the area, and the majority of kids here go to college (good ones at that). Fairfax is also extremely close to other areas such as Annandale and Centreville, and DC is right next to us, so there's always things to do. Unfortunately, it's extremely pricey here and real estate is a premium here.
Great place to raise a family. Excellent schools, access to open trails for biking and park space, many options for shopping, only 12 miles out from DC but rough commute with decent metro, numerous dining options with every type of ethnic cuisine available, 2 1/2 hours from beaches, 1 hour from the mountains, diverse culturally and truly every amenity one could possibly want from a suburban community.