Fairfax, VA

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Living in Fairfax

Fairfax is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 24,019 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Fairfax is the 42nd largest community in Virginia.

Fairfax home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Fairfax real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Fairfax is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfax is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfax who work in management occupations (13.92%), business and financial occupations (9.87%), and office and administrative support (9.81%).

Also of interest is that Fairfax has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Fairfax, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.81 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Fairfax use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Fairfax‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfax. 60.80% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Fairfax in 2018 was $50,029, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,116 for a family of four. However, Fairfax contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fairfax is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fairfax home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairfax residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fairfax also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fairfax include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Fairfax also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.94%.

The most common language spoken in Fairfax is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.