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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
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Fairfax is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 23,580. Fairfax is in Fairfax City County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Fairfax offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fairfax there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Fairfax. The public schools in Fairfax are highly rated.
About Fairfax...
Population
23,580

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$501,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,803
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Fairfax 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
    12.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    94.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    41
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,389
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Fairfax

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,870
National
$55,322
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Fairfax, Virginia is a suburban city with a diverse and safe living. The public and private schools from K-12 all the way up to colleges and universities are high quality with educated students. I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia with positive experiences in school, with making friends, learning and growing in positive work environments, and overall, felt safe and respected. I highly recommended Fairfax, Virginia. One downside: the cost of living could be high for some people due to the demands of what the location has to offer.
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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.
It's a very convenient location where you can find anything anywhere! Everything is within walking distance and because of being near the nation's capital, there is always something going on!