Area Information

A Little about Fairfax

What does Fairfax offer its businesses, its visitors and its residents? For starters, a prime location convenient to the nation’s capital and its cultural riches. Not only does this affluent D.C. suburban area provide diversity in its economy, its workforce and its communities, it also boasts one of the highest household incomes in the nation and the lowest unemployment rate of any U.S. metropolitan region. Add to the mix top-notch public schools, a competitive tax structure, and a highly educated workforce (58% of residents over age 25 have obtained bachelor’s degrees or higher), and you have all the elements in place to illustrate that Fairfax is a region on the move.

A Great Place for Businesses

Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in the Washington Metropolitan area, with a population of 1.1 million. Additionally, Fairfax County is the second largest job center in the Washington Metropolitan area and largest in the state with 590,282 jobs. The area has added more than 9,000 new business  establishments and nearly 232,000 new jobs since 1990 and continues to attract new businesses to the area. Recent corporate relocations include Bechtel Global Operations Headquarters, Hilton Worldwide, Intelsat U.S. Headquarters, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and Volkswagen North America.

Fairfax County is home to 10 Fortune 500 Companies, the second highest concentration on the East Coast, (Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One Financial, CSC, Freddie Mac, Gannett, General Dynamics, ITT Exelis, NII Holdings, Northrop Grumman and SAIC). In addition to a high concentration of Fortune 500 Companies, Fairfax County has a thriving small business community (fewer than 50 employees), which accounts for more than 94 percent of the companies in the county. Fairfax County also has the highest concentration of technology jobs (144,000+) and received more federal procurement dollars than any jurisdiction in the nation as well as 47 states and the District of Columbia.


Full of History

In addition to being a prominent business and technology center, Fairfax also provides an abundance of things to see and do. On the cultural front, it is just minutes away from the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. From Mount Vernon, George Washington's spectacularresidence overlooking the Potomac River, to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, exhibiting over 80 aircraft and space artifacts, Fairfax offers diversions you can't find anywhere else. Families and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the region's 388 parks, picnic areas, campgrounds and hiking trails. No matter what your passion -- fine dining, cosmopolitan shopping, Civil War history or major league sports – a multitude of recreational opportunities are available year-round.

Come Join Us

Fairfax is all about a world-class business environment, a vibrant economy, a rich heritage and a promising future. With its authentic blend of urban sophistication and small town friendliness, it provides an exceptional quality of life to its people and a wealth of opportunities to its businesses. Home to every industry, lifestyle and group, Fairfax meets the diverse needs of its residents, providing the framework for a vital living and working environment and proving it is a region on the move.