Fairfax 79 Exceptional
Fairfax Livability #137 ranked city in Virginia#4,451 ranked city in the USARanks better than 84% of areas
A+ Fairfax Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Fairfax Cost of Living Cost of living is 40% higher than Virginia
15050% more expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fairfax cost of living
A+ Fairfax Crime Total crime is 58% lower than Virginia
Total crime
78470% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 12870% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Fairfax crime
B+ Fairfax Employment Household income is 57% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$104,06588% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$45,22252% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%19% lower than the US average
Fairfax employment
F Fairfax Housing Home value is 96% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$487,700164% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,75084% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
Fairfax real estate or Fairfax rentals
A+ Fairfax Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
79%60% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Fairfax K-12 schools
B+ Fairfax User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Fairfax
Overall user rating
77% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
79% 8 total surveys
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      Living in Fairfax, VA

      Fairfax, Virginia is a medium-sized city with a population of 23,620 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,786 people per square mile, Fairfax is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Fairfax residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 79% of the population considered married and 60% with kids under the age of 18, Fairfax could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Fairfax, Virginia could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Fairfax and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, weather, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Virginia and national averages.

      Fairfax, VA receives 76 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #134 in Virginia and #4,610 in the USA. Clearly, Fairfax is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Fairfax has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (B+). Fairfax does not do well for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Fairfax has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Fairfax: National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Firearms Museum, and Center for the Arts.

      Knowing that the Fairfax schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 79%, which is far higher than the national average.

      Assuming that Fairfax meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Fairfax. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Fairfax are simply unattainable. The median home price for Fairfax homes is $487,700, which is 96.3% higher than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Fairfax, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 23.7% higher than the Virginia average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Fairfax area were 3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Fairfax transportation information

      Average one way commute31min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work70.7%77.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.1%9.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit9.9%4.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.2%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home5.3%4.7%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (2)6354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (9)19711

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      Source: The Fairfax, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).