Paving the Way for the Future of Tech

The technology sector in Fairfax County attracts new talent and investments from across the nation.

Fairfax County is home to more than 10,000 large and small IT companies in Northern Virginia that deliver a full spectrum of high-end services and solutions to government, industry, healthcare, and consumer markets worldwide. Businesses and research teams in Fairfax County are defining the cutting edge. From cloud computing and software development to artificial intelligence and data analytics.

With one of every four jobs directly related to the technology solutions sector, Fairfax County attracts a constant influx of young talent from around the world. These technology specialists are drawn to the world-changing opportunities here, in addition to the unparalleled quality of life.

Fairfax County is uniquely located in close proximity to the nation’s capital. This gives companies access to policymakers and leaders who are helping to shape the face of tomorrow’s information technology sector. Cutting-edge business processes and initiatives continue to usher in a new era of growth, making Fairfax county one of the prime spots for tech companies in northern Virginia.

Partners such as the Northern Virginia Technology Council, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech all contribute to the IT services and professional services ecosystem and Northern Virginia technology companies that define the region.

Top players driving innovation in Fairfax County

Several top technology service companies have chosen Fairfax County as their home, such as MicroStrategy, Appian, and Amazon. The county has multiple location options, with a lower real estate cost than other top tech areas like Silicon Valley. Areas include Arlington, Alexandria, Herndon, McLean, Ashburn, Chantilly, Tysons, Reston, Springfield, and Falls Church.

Whether you’re a small business in the private sector, an entrepreneur interested in startups, a nonprofit organization, or a Fortune 500 company, Fairfax County has the business solutions you need. Our deep talent pool, proximity to Washington, D.C., and established technology service providers are what make Fairfax County one of the finest places in North America to help your business grow and succeed. It is the perfect spot for large and small IT companies in Northern Virginia.

Leaders in Cybersecurity in North Virginia

Cybersecurity in Fairfax County

Data breaches and panic over hacks are now commonplace. However, in Fairfax County, a robust community of innovators and computer scientists are implementing solutions in the cybersecurity sector. We’re the safe choice for new and established cybersecurity ventures.

More than 500 cybersecurity companies are headquartered in Fairfax County. With its proximity to all major federal agencies, major educational institutions and Fortune 500-headquartered companies Fairfax County cybersecurity firms have access to people and resources that Silicon Valley can never acquire as easily. The unique concentration of tech talent, companies, resources, and training programs in such a small area has made the region the smartest and most secure choice for cybersecurity companies to establish themselves.

Media Hub

Digital Media Advantages

Digital media agencies in Fairfax County, including web applications and services, video and film production, interactive producers and content users, are thriving with access to large business and consumer markets. While social media’s forerunners may have called San Francisco or New York home, much of the digital media of tomorrow will boast an address in Fairfax County.

Tech talent provides the necessary framework for user experience and web development. At the same time, a large pool of creative talent fills in the text, images, video and other content needed to bring digital media alive. Video editors and graphic designers work alongside app and software developers in Fairfax County, where more than 133,000 workers contribute to the creative and digital media space. Proximity to universities churning out graduates skilled at digital content creation and development sweetens the deal for any company looking to invest in Fairfax County.

Data in the Cloud

Software, Cloud and Data Analytics

Fairfax County is the epicenter for the region’s software, cloud and data analytics industry. Boasting the second largest computer and mathematical workforce in the nation, the region awards more than 16,000 degrees in fields associated with data analytics.

On top of actually crunching the numbers, Fairfax County also offers cloud-based solutions for companies to do their computing. Whether it’s the public, private or hybrid cloud, Fairfax County embraces servers, storage, networking, virtualization and applications. The county’s strong concentrations of cloud computing businesses provide products across the spectrum, including infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service.

Fairfax County firms that are entrenched in the cloud benefit from a highly skilled workforce and a customer base of both government and private sector clients, not to mention the robust internet infrastructure. Two important internet exchange points are located in Fairfax County in Reston and Tysons. Northern Virginia is among the world leaders in concentration of data centers.

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David Kelley

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment

Rankings & Facts


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largest metro for computer and mathematical workforce

1 in 4

jobs in Fairfax County is technology-related


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

Tech labor costs 16% below labor costs in the San Francisco Bay area.

Top players driving innovation in Fairfax County