Fairfax County is one of the most populated, most educated, and highest income metropolitan areas in all of the United States. The public school system is consistently rated among the best in the country. The picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains lie to the west, with idyllic Atlantic beaches to the east. Civil War battlefields and historically significant sites sprinkle the southern edges of the county, and wineries and craft breweries are scattered throughout the region. Parks are abundant and meticulously maintained. The neighborhoods are well established and each community is anchored by the shared desire to escape the grind and pace of life in the District. Just to be clear, there is a City of Fairfax as well as the town Fairfax Station, but we’re referring to the greater Fairfax County.
You are likely to find people from all walks of life in Fairfax County. There really isn’t an easy, clear-cut way to categorize the 1 million-plus residents. Vibrant communities with diverse and culturally rich inhabitants are the norm. Over 30 percent of the residents speak a language other than English at home. There are multiple military installations located in the county, so you are very likely to reside near your military brethren, as well as all shapes and sizes of contractors, government employees, politicians, and professionals.
Most of the cities and towns in Fairfax County date back to the 1950s through the 1980s when suburban subdivisions and planned communities were becoming more popular. Community Associations are common and along with that comes amenities like pools, fitness centers, neighborhood parks, and well-maintained landscaping.