Fairfax County's dynamic business community is in the forefront of one of the strongest economies in the country. Along with its well-known strengths in government and defense technology, the county has large and growing numbers of commercial IT, financial, software, communications and technology management service providers.
A study by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis estimated the gross county product -- the market value of the goods and services produced in the county -- at $108.7 billion in 2011. That is higher than the gross domestic products of New Zealand and Peru.
Fairfax County is a highly desirable business location for companies of all industries and sizes. An attractive international business location, Fairfax County has almost 400 foreign-owned firms, as well as 10 Fortune 500 companies. However, the vast majority of the county’s business establishments are small and locally owned.
Time magazine called Fairfax County "one the great economic success stories of our time." Companies come to Fairfax County for its ideal mid-Atlantic location, proximity to the federal government in neighboring Washington, D.C., well-educated workforce and the high quality of life that attracts the best and brightest. Find out why Fairfax County is a community with "the power of ideas."