A Top City for Tech

In Fairfax County, the power of ideas is so strong that it’s shaping new industries and creating new products.

Our companies, universities and government agencies are at the forefront of emerging technologies, supported by an ecosystem of incubators, venture capital/private equity and workforce development.

Fairfax County is a hub for key emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, blockchain, drones, autonomous driving, augmented/virtual reality, Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing such as 3D printing, and fusion energy.

The region’s highly educated workforce ensures that the supply and pipeline of tech talent remains strong within the county. Annually, there are more than 12,000 tech degree completions across the region, which represents a 34.1 percent increase since 2014.

Not only does the region have strong partnerships with universities and companies, but the FCEDA partners with leading trade associations and advocacy organizations like the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, AFCEA and ACT-IAC in order to establish Fairfax County as an ideal location for emerging technologies.

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David Kelley, Director, National Business Investment

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment

dkelley@fceda.org
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Rankings & Facts

232,300

tech workers

16,800

tech degrees awarded annually by 45 regional colleges and universities

63,000+

software developers

860

Number of tech establishments

20,272

people employed

242,350

workers employed in Computer and Mathematical occupations in the D.C. metropolitan area, more than twice the concentration nationally.

16.1%

lower than in the San Francisco Bay area.

14%

tech labor costs are 14% lower in Fairfax County than in the San Francisco Bay area

Top players driving innovation in Fairfax County

What the Data Says

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 2020

Four tech giants expand operations in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia