If you are considering a location in the Washington area market, Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax offer strong business climates and opportunities. We’re located at the center of the Washington Metropolitan Area and the heart of Northern Virginia. Fairfax County and The City of Fairfax are only minutes from downtown Washington D.C., Washington Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Additionally, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is only 38 miles away, and together all three airports offer over 1,000 nonstop flights daily to more than 90 domestic and 50 international destinations.
Plenty of Ways to Commute
Fairfax County also has an excellent network of Interstate and limited-access expressways; I-95, I-495, I-66, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 28. In addition to its roadway network, Fairfax County has five Metro stations, offering direct rapid transit service to Washington, DC and Regan National Airport. The first phase of the Metro Silver Line is now open adding five new stations in Tysons Corner and Reston. The second phase of the Silver Line is scheduled to open in 2018, and will add three stations as well as direct service to Dulles International Airport.
Fairfax County is served by Amtrak and Virginia Rail Express commuter railroad, and has easy access to Union Station in Washington, D.C., which offers frequent high-speed service to New York City as well as service to dozens of destinations nationwide. Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax are also served by Metrobus, the Fairfax Connector and CUE buses. Fairfax’s multi-modal transportation network and its close proximity to three of the nation’s busiest airports make it easy for customers, employees and suppliers to get to destinations around the nation and the world.
National Business Hub
Fairfax County is the second largest suburban office market in the U.S. behind Orange County, California, with more than 115 million square feet of office space. It has over 32 percent of all office space in the state of Virginia and 25 percent of the office space in the Washington Metropolitan area. Tysons Corner is the largest submarket in Fairfax County with over 26 million square feet of space and nearly 48 million square feet of additional mixed-use development in the pipeline. Additionally, the county also has more than 39 million square feet of Industrial/Flex space. There is also nearly 50 million square feet of retail space including five major shopping malls as well as 99 hotels with more than 17,000 rooms.
Virginia stands as one of the best fiscally managed states in America. Additionally, Northern Virginia has an outstanding reputation as a business magnet. Further, there is the highly educated labor market produced by the nationally acclaimed Fairfax County school system and a host of colleges and universities including. Fairfax-based George Mason University.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the City of Fairfax and helpful information regarding relocating to Fairfax, Virginia.
An Overview of Fairfax
Fairfax is an area in Northern Virginia with two separate jurisdictions: the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County .
The City of Fairfax is a 6-square-mile city located in the center of Northern Virginia, about a dozen miles west of Washington, D.C. Fairfax County spans hundreds of square miles and has nearly a million residents.
The U.S. Postal Service designated both areas as “Fairfax, Virginia,” but this postal designation has no bearing on jurisdictional boundaries.
If you already live in the Fairfax area and you are not sure which jurisdiction you live in, contact Fairfax County at 703-324-2000 or the City of Fairfax Community Relations Office at 703-385-7855.
What is the distinction between the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County?
The City of Fairfax and Fairfax County are completely independent of each other, with different government services, different tax rates, and different local elected officials. The Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes cities as independent of any county that geographically surrounds them.
The City of Fairfax sets its own tax rate and its own ordinances and determines its own services. No other local government, town, or county has jurisdiction over the City of Fairfax.
Fairfax County has its own website
To learn more about the metropolitan Washington area, visit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments(MWCOG). MWCOG has a good map of the area and links to member governments
What housing is available for purchase in the city? How do I find it?
The City of Fairfax offers a wide range of housing styles and prices. In 1999, the median resale price for single-family detached houses was $191,250. For townhouses, the median price was $165,000, and for condominium garden apartments, the median price was $61,000.
As is true throughout the area, the cost of new home construction was substantially higher; new home prices averaged more than $408,600. To find out what houses are for sale in the City of Fairfax, you will need to contact a real estate agent.
What apartments and other housing can be rented in the city? How do I find it?
The city offers a wide range of apartment styles and prices. Townhouses and garden apartments are available, and the cost range is about $450- $1,600 per month.
Visitors can find publications distributed in local grocery stores and drug stores, including Apartment Guides. Additionally, some commercial web sites offer information including The Apartment Connection; Apartments.com; and Homestore.com.
For information about renting other housing, check with a real estate agent or the classifieds of local newspapers. The city’s web site has a list of local real estate offices. Local newspapers also have information in their online classifieds, such as the Washington Post Classifieds, The Washington Times, and The Fairfax Journal.
I will be attending/working at George Mason University. Where is a good place to live?
GMU students, faculty, and staff will find many conveniences living in the City of Fairfax. First of all, most housing, including local apartment complexes , are all within a few miles of GMU, so there is little distance between home and class.
GMU students, faculty, and staff ride free on the city’s CUE Bus, which travels within the city and to GMU and the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station. There is a wide range of housing options in the city, with a wide range of costs.
Many city businesses offer discounts and other promotions to those with a valid GMU ID.
What utilities are available in the City of Fairfax?
Homes and businesses in the city have access to a full range of utilities, depending on the building’s construction, including natural gas, oil, electricity, water and sewer, and cable television. Most of these are offered by commercial companies, which are listed below.
Local water and sewer service is provided to residences and businesses by the City of Fairfax Department of Utilities. For information on water and sewer services, call 703-385-7915
Other local utilities include:
New Service: 703-954-6222
Repair (lines): 800-275-2222
What schools are in the city of Fairfax?
Fairfax County is well known for the high level of education it provides to its residents. According to US News & World report, eight of the top ten high schools in the state are located in the county. The city of Fairfax is no different. Here is some quick information about them
Fairfax City Schools at a Glance
The City of Fairfax School Board seeks to provide extended support to our city schools. Through a partnership between Fairfax County Public Schools and the City of Fairfax, we support opportunities so all students will receive an education that inspires, enables and empowers them to meet high academic standards, develop 21st century skills, lead ethical lives and demonstrate responsible citizenship.
- K-12 Total enrollment
- Daniels Run Elementary (K-6)
- Providence Elementary (PK-6)
- Lanier Middle School (7-8)
- Fairfax High School (9-12)
School Service Agreement
The City of Fairfax and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) entered into a School Services Agreement in 1961 that allows FCPS to manage and operate the schools while the City School Board and Superintendent oversee the Agreement and are responsible for the management of the school buildings. For more information about the SSA, please see here.
We take great pride in our many extra curricular programs offered to our diverse population. Our schools have award winning environmental programs. Recently, the City of Fairfax Schools were honored with a Bronze Award for their district wide efforts in environmental education. To see a summary of our programs, please read our newsletter. Green Schools Newsletter
Fairfax High School: 2011-2012
Fairfax High School earned a gold ranking in 2013 by U.S. News and World Report as the 11th best high school in Virginia.
- On-time Graduation Rate – 92.7
- Virginia state on-time graduation rate – 88
- Average Student SAT Score – 1613
- FCPS Average – 1516
- National Average – 1498
- Percentage of graduates attending a two or four year college – 93
Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, housed within Fairfax High School, is one of six career and technical education centers in FCPS offering elective courses with a career emphasis. The Academy offers outstanding opportunities for FCPS students with career interests in performing arts, design, and media communications. Two additional classes, Chinese and Korean, provide accelerated language instruction
How can I find out about local employment opportunities?
Below are listings for available government positions located in Fairfax City and Fairfax County.
If you do not find any jobs at the sites above desirable we recommend that you do a general internet search. Here are some quick links for your convenience.
What transportations options do we have in Fairfax?
There are multiple transportations options available to those in Fairfax. We have multiple bus services as well as the D.C. Metro, for those who prefer not driving as their primary means of commuting. The links below provide additional resources, bus and metro schedules, and route information.
How do City of Fairfax tax rates compare to Fairfax County and other surrounding jurisdictions?
Each year, the Real Estate Assessment Office appraises all real estate property in the City to determine its value for tax purposes. All assessments of real property, which includes land and permanently affixed structures, are based on 100% of fair market value and are equitable with the assessments of comparable properties.
Assessments and Taxes
The revenue projected from real estate assessments is central to the City’s annual budget; however, the Assessor does not set the tax rate or bill and collect the taxes.
During the budget process, City Council determines how much income the City must generate to provide municipal services to residents. The Council then sets a tax rate that will yield the needed revenue.
Computation of Tax
The tax rate multiplied by the assessed value of the property determines the taxes owed by each property owner (assessment x tax rate = tax bill.)
Tax Rate = $1.06 per $100 of assessed value
Property Value = $200,000
$200,000 x .0106 = $2,120
Property Value = $400,000
$400,000 x .0106 = $4,240
Fairfax County Tax Rate
Real Estate Tax – $1.090 per $100 of assessed value. See our Real Estate Tax Rates and Fees page for more information about other tax district rates and service charges.
Supplemental Assessments and Tax Bills
Supplemental assessments are issued by the Assessor’s Office shortly after the end of each calendar year, and reflect the assessed value of substantial additions and new structures that have been completed by December 31 of the year. The supplemental assessment represents the value of the completed new construction for only the portion of the year it was complete (i.e. date of completion through December 31.)
A supplemental tax bill based on this assessment is then issued by the Treasurer’s Office, and due 30 days following receipt. For information pertaining to the calculation of supplemental assessments, please call the Real Estate Assessment Office at 703-385-7840.
Tax Relief Program
City of Fairfax’s Finance Office administers this program. Click here to read / download forms regarding this program or call 703-359-2486.
Information and Due Dates
The real property tax rate for 2013 will be set by the City Council when they adopt the budget on May 1, 2013. City real estate taxes are due twice a year, on June 21 and December 5, and are billed by and paid to the City Treasurer. For information on taxes, please call the City Treasurer’s office at 703-385-7900.
What is the crime rate in Fairfax County?
Here is data for the different categories of crime in Fairfax County in 2013.