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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
    A-
  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 47,305. 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
$990,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,969
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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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
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    54%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    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
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$193,426
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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McLean is the suburb of Washington D.C.'s diplomats, politicians, and government workers. It has one of the best education systems in the nation, but it is also one of the most expensive places to live as well.

Tysons Corner holds the largest shopping mall in the state and everything is within reach. It the place you go to hang out with friends, catch a move, or buy the latest tech. A couple of years ago, the Washington D.C. metro was extended to Tysons making day trips into the capitol convenient.

Every summer, there is an event called McLean Day where kids go on the park rides and the adults catch up with each other. I have made many fond memories there during my middle and high school years.

This place is perfect for people who want to settle down, have a couple of kids, and enjoy their life and it feels like a suburb in the truest sense.
I moved here in November of 2014 and I've been living here up until the present day. Overall, it's a very safe place with many families living in the area. Crime rates are low and public schools are very strong. However, being in the DC area, traffic can be quite bad and commutes can be long and it being a more of a residential, small town kind of place, there isn't much nightlife in the McLean area and you'd have to venture out to get more of a nightlife.