Aerial view of downtown Fairfax in Northern Virginia
City of Fairfax
Overview

Living in the City of Fairfax, VA

Center of Northern Virginia with bustling developments and quick access to D.C.

The City of Fairfax is the epicenter of Northern Virginia’s cultural and economic activity. Ranked a top 10 place to live by USA Today based on education, poverty and life expectancy, Fairfax offers master-planned suburban life with fast access to Washington, D.C., along with some of the nation’s best public and private education options and attractions for young professionals and families to enjoy. 

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    Walk Score

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    88 in Walkability

    This community is very walkable. Residents can easily access the city center on foot.

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    Commute Time to Airport

    25 min drive to DCA or 20 min drive to IAD

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    Commute Time to D.C.

    30 min drive

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Breweries/wineries, Drive, Family-friendly, Metro/bus, Single-family, Suburban, Townhouse

Demographics

Schools in City of Fairfax

The best in public and private education

Fairfax High School, part of Fairfax County Public Schools, is ranked the No. 32 best public high school in Virginia and No. 505 best college prep high school in America, according to Niche. The district, which serves 187,000 students, is the 10th largest school division in the U.S. 

Private education options include St. Paul VI Catholic High School, ranked No. 185 best Catholic high school in America, and the New School of Northern Virginia, ranked No. 684 best college prep private high school in America. 

City of Fairfax Transportation

Quick connections in, out and around Fairfax

Getting in, out and around in Fairfax is easy thanks to the Metro, the Fairfax Connector bus route and a number of highways and connecting roads. Fairfax County’s transportation ecosystem includes: 

  • 10 Metrorail stations, 3 under construction 
  • 18 Metrobus routes 
  • 89 Fairfax Connector routes 
  • Capital Bikeshare Uber, Lyft and numerous taxi companies
     

City of Fairfax Attractions

Bringing history and education to the forefront for families and history buffs

History runs deep in Fairfax. The Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim and Captain John Quincy Marr Monument are some of the area’s top Civil War sites, while the Fairfax Museum produces special exhibits on the city’s history, offers educational programs, and schedules walking tours of the historic district. 
 
Children, families and school groups explore STEM concepts through hands-on exhibits, activities and programs at the Children’s Science Center LabNorthern Virginia’s first interactive museum.

City of Fairfax Taxes

Competitive state for taxes

  • State Income Tax (VA): 5.75% 
  • Real Property Tax Rate: $1.006 per $100 Assessed Value 
  • Vehicle Tax: $5.000 per $100 Assessed Value 
  • Sales Tax (Combined State and Local): 6.0%