TIME magazine has called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Fairfax County has one of the highest median income levels in the country. A study by George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis estimated the gross county product, or market value of the goods and services produced in the county, at nearly $91 billion.
Quality Schools, Higher Education Institutions & Workforce
Fairfax County has a world-class Public School System. FCPS is the 11th largest school system in the United States, serving more than 174,000 students in 196 schools and centers. FCPS offers a well-rounded education that goes beyond the basics for students in grades K-12, including gifted and talented services, comprehensive special education services, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), Advanced Placement (AP) and Inter-national Baccalaureate (IB) programs and professional-technical studies. FCPS students are renowned for their academic achievements.
Higher education plays a critical role in developing a highly skilled and competitive workforce. Fairfax County boasts several institutions of higher learning, including George Mason University; Virginia Tech – National Capital Region; Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Top-Notch Health Care
Health care in Fairfax County is second to none. More than 5,000 physicians practice in northern Virginia, and more than 3,000 of those doctors are in Fairfax County. The county is served by many fully accredited area hospitals, including Inova Health System's Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Mount Vernon and Alexandria hospitals and Inova Hospital for Children and HCA's Dominion Hospital and Reston Hospital Center.
Pioneering Transportation & Infrastructure
Fairfax County boasts high quality transportation and infrastructure to support the leading businesses located in the area, and these critical factors continue to expand options for Fairfax County businesses. Fairfax County’s transportation includes air travel and ground travel (MetroRail, highway system, Amtrak, Greyhound-Trailways and more).
Utilities and infrastructure are the vital underpinnings of Fairfax County's business and residential communities. The county is home to full services providers of electricity, natural gas, sewer and cable television and telephone. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Utilities oversees information on sewers and septic tanks, roads, trash collection and disposal as well as recycling. Snow removal in Fairfax County is handled by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Growing Real Estate
Fairfax County is the second largest suburban office market in the United States and the largest in the Washington, D.C. area. It is also the largest office market in Virginia with more than 113 million square feet of space, ranging from single-story to high-rise buildings and everything in between.
Fairfax County and the Washington metropolitan area offer a broad variety of homes, locations and prices. Housing is available for individuals seeking an urban, suburban, small town or country feel. High-rise apartments, condominiums, single family homes and townhouses are plentiful
Visit Fairfax was established to contribute to the local economy through spending in tourism. Visit Fairfax assists both business and leisure travelers planning to visit Fairfax County. Meeting planners and group tour planners will find both Visit Fairfax’s staff and website, www.fxva.com, very helpful in identifying lodging options, providing information on local retail shopping centers or restaurants, and suggesting tours of local historical and cultural attractions as well as recreation options.