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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
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Fairfax is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 23,620. Fairfax is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Fairfax offers residents a 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
23,620

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%
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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
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    29
    41
  • Robbery
    94
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    41
    500
  • Theft
    1,389
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    70
    284
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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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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.
The roads here are BEAUTIFUL! The community is very diverse, and everyone is incredibly thoughtful and kind.