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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
McLean is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 47,075. McLean is in Fairfax County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in McLean offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In McLean there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in McLean and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in McLean are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,019,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$3,088
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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McLean 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    54%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in McLean

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$201,570
National
$55,322
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McLean Reviews

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Pretty nice, comfortable place to live. A pretty typical wealthy suburb. Many people are absurdly wealthy and many neighborhoods are being overrun with the most obnoxious, ugliest McMansions I have ever seen. Not much racial diversity. Not a lot to do in McLean itself, but there are places pretty close that are more exciting (Arlington, D.C., Alexandria, etc.). Schools are rated very highly, but the high schools especially are a tremendous amount of pressure to the point of not being healthy for a lot of students. Overall, probably a good place to retire, not so much for younger, low income people.
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Love it here! Everything is great, including the people and the schools. The neighborhood is pretty safe and secure. There is also a lot of diversity!
McLean has its ups and downs. The public schools are amazing, and overall the population is fairly diverse and friendly. On the other hand, housing is extremely expensive. While the schools are amazing, they are extremely competitive, making it not the best environment for more of a "Type B" person. The whole area is somewhat competitive and everyone seems to be in a rush a lot of the time. McLean is a great place to grow up with a lot of opportunities, but not laid back enough in my opinion.