Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA+
- Crime & SafetyNG
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Wakefield is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 11,782. Wakefield is in Fairfax County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Wakefield offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Wakefield there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Wakefield tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Wakefield are highly rated.
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Wakefield is very small but it is quiet. You have to drive 30 minutes to get into the city. Everyone here is very friendly, when they driver by they honk their horns, smile, and wave. There is also no crime, everyone knows just about everyone.
It's expensive but the whole DC metropolitan area is and Northern Virginia is still cheaper than nearby Washington, DC - you get a detached house and yard for the same or less money. Commuting to DC is tough and expensive but if you can work in Virginia somewhere, that would be ideal. Shopping is everywhere. It's very suburban which is relaxing compared to the 26 years I spent living in DC. Unfortunately, the area is being overrun by more and more people coming from other countries with limited or no English skills, parents with low-income job skills and children who are often behind in their education. This includes legal and illegal immigrants and refugees. This is causing a hardship on Fairfax County schools which are struggling to do more with less money and no additional state or federal money coming with the immigrants. Poverty is rising too iin the area. Finding work is difficult too. Specific skills are in high demand but they are pretty specialized. There is also a real divide in salaries. There are low-paying jobs (under $15 an hour) and then, there are high- paying, professional jobs, but not many jobs in between. Not sure I would choose to live here again but not sure where iin the US that it would be cheaper to live with more job opportunities and easier commutes to work.
Most people have pets. Many people have lived here for 20 or more years but our neighborhood is getting more young families too. We have a neighborhood pool and lots of kid events and activities. There are lots of activities to involve yourself in, many that are not costly. There are increasing activities for older adults too. You can be as involved with people as you choose.