Situated only 17 miles south of the Capital of the free world, Washington DC, Fairfax, VA is a historic town of about 24,000 that possess a grace and tranquility of yesteryear, engineered in a modern urban style that makes the city both romantic and practical at the same time. While it is close enough to the hustle and bustle that exists ‘inside the beltway’ it is far enough away and secluded enough to offer a relaxing respite from the madness of the big city.
Many know of Fairfax as Historic Fairfax of the Historic District of Fairfax, but to those who call the city home, Fairfax is a great escape from the stress and pressure of the high paying, upscale, pressure-filled jobs that most inhabitants have. As it is close to DC, many works in an around DC, the political, government and business capital of the nation. An astounding statistic points to the affluence of many citizens as nearly 90% of those who live in Fairfax have white collar jobs, well above the national average.
The history of Fairfax, an old Virginia city that has always been an affluent suburb of DC, is exposed all over the city. Fairfax has been around since the late 1700’s; its first court was established in 1742, so the city has seen some history over the years. It was used as a Union Headquarters in the South during much of the Civil War. There are 7 sites in Fairfax that are listed on the National Historic Register in fact:
Needless to say, with all of those affluent white-collar workers living in idyllic Fairfax, the property rates are some of the highest in Virginia, as the real estate is some of the most valuable property in the country. That being said Fairfax is a great place to be a child. The city is suburban and quiet. The school district boasts 32 excellent public schools, more than enough to educate the children in a city that only has a population of less than 25,000. The violent crime rate is nearly nonexistent, as Fairfax has less than 20 violent crimes occur within its boundaries each year. Lastly, it is 17 miles away from Washington DC, and while transportation is easy enough, mass transit options are both plentiful and readily available.
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