Why You Should Live in Fairfax County

Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia that includes that areas of Annandale, Reston, Chantilly, Centreville, Herndon, and Springfield. Here are a few of the major things to know about living in Fairfax County.

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Economy

The economy of the county revolves around technology and professional services, and many of the residents work for the government or for federal government contractors. In fact, the government is the largest employer in the area and the county’s single largest location of federal employment is at Fort Belvoir in southern Fairfax.

There are other major employers in Fairfax County as well, some of which are CSC (formerly Computer Sciences Corporation), Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and Gannett. This county is also the home of 7 Fortune 500 companies, 5 companies on the Black Enterprise 500 list, and 11 Hispanic 500 companies.

 

Entertainment 

Udvar-Hazy Center. Credit: Daniel Mennerich on flickr creative commons

Udvar-Hazy Center. Credit: Daniel Mennerich on flickr creative commons

Within Fairfax County residents are offered a broad range of entertainment and historical options, including the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum and the Mount Vernon Estate of George Washington. Wolf Trap, a national park and performing arts center, is also located in Fairfax County. A little to the south of the county you’ll find various of Civil War battlefields and other historical sites in places like Manassas and Fredericksburg. There are also many beaches in Virginia that will make for a great weekend getaway. Plus, you’ll of course be close enough to venture into DC and experience everything our nation’s capital has to offer.

 

Transportation

Like Washington D.C., heavy traffic is normal in Fairfax. You can reduce your commute time by using different road networks, as there are many major highways running through the county, including the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), Interstate 95, Interstate 66, and Interstate 395. The George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County Parkway, and Dulles Toll Road are also major arteries.

Great for Commuters

VRE Train. Credit: John H Gray on flickr creative commons

Public transportation is also a great option since the Washington Metro’s Orange, Yellow, Silver and Blue lines run through the county. For instance, the Silver line goes through the areas of Tysons Corner and Reston, and the Orange lines extends out to Vienna. There is also the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) which connects many places in Northern Virginia to Union Station.

 

Schools

The public schools in Fairfax County are very well funded and highly ranked in the nation. It is the leader in K-12 public education because the students generally score significantly higher than the average in the national. Higher education is also available in the county with George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.

 

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