If you’re looking for a suburban area close to D.C. Fairfax County, Virginia is a great choice. Often named among the top places to live the country, the Fairfax business sector is growing and home to many large corporations.
Bordering Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William counties in Virginia, Fairfax is right across the Potomac from Bethesda, Maryland and right across the Chesapeake Bay from Princes George County, Maryland. Fairfax County is over 395 square miles. Within the county, there are three incorporated towns (Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna), two independent cities (Falls Church and Fairfax), and about 34 unincorporated CDC’S (unincorporated census places.)
In 2011, the population of Fairfax County is 1.3 million, a population growth of over 6% since 2000. It reigns as the most heavily populated jurisdiction in the state, the Washington metropolitan area, and the Washington-Baltimore area – and one of the most congested. Delay in traveling the 13 miles to the District or coming into Tysons Corner are legendary, which accounts for ongoing roadwork to expand the use of HOT lanes as well as recent expansion efforts of the Metro Line to Dulles National Airport. Tysons Corner will gain four stops.
Fairfax County is a wealthy one, with an average individual income of $67,909 and household income $107,075. The first county to have a six figure per capita income, Fairfax County is now the second highest household income in the U.S, right after neighboring Loudon County. Residents receive good value for their tax dollar, as the city spends over $4,300 per resident, while its top-ranked schools receive an allocation of 52.2% of the county budget and spend about $7,272 per student. Unemployment is often half than of the U.S. average, while about 3% of citizens have incomes below the poverty level. One trade-off for the high income is a cost of living about 50% higher than the U.S. average.
The area has the biggest concentration of high workers next to Silicon Valle and is home to seven Fortune 500 headquarters, 11 Hispanic 500 companies, and five companies on the Black Enterprise 500 list. Many of the nearly 900,000 jobs in Fairfax County are in high tech application for the U.S. government, including the CIA and the Pentagon, or in industries that support them. Large employers include Freddie Mac, Sallie Mae, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inova Health System, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, Northop Grumman, ExxonMobil, and Capital One, plus the Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County, and George Mason University. In Tysons Corner retail workers are in big demand, but they need to be techies too, as stores such as the Apple Store and the Microsoft Store are located there.
The research firm Sperling’s Best Places ranked D.C. as the top place in the country for teleworking, allowing people to work anywhere at anytime, due to the availability of broadband internet access, fuel prices, commuting time, and high percentages of telework-friendly jobs. Teleworking saves Fairfax county workers nearly $500 in transportation costs and over $2,700 in time per year.
Whether you work at home or in the many businesses in the area, Fairfax County living offers an exciting employment landscape.