Aerial view of downtown Fairfax in Northern Virginia

City of Fairfax


Living in the City of Fairfax, VA

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

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

Interested in learning more about Fairfax? The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center in Fairfax City can be a great resource. While you’re there, consider checking out the beautiful old town area that was rebuilt in the early 2000s.

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    Walk Score

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    79 in Walkability

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

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    Commute Time to Airport

    30 min drive to DCA or 30 min drive to IAD

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    Commute Time to D.C.

    35 min drive

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


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. 42 best public high school in Virginia and No. 558 best college prep high school in America, according to Niche. The district, which serves 180,000 students, is the largest school system in Virginia.

Private education options the New School of Northern Virginia, ranked No. 44 best college prep private high school in Virginia. 

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: 

  • 4 Cue Bus routes  
  • Metrobus Service  
  • Uber and Lyft 

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: $1.110 per $100 Assessed Value  
  • Sales Tax (Combined State and Local): 6.0%