Living Here

The Power of Ideas is a part of our lives. It’s everywhere. It’s in the imagination that becomes a new answer in public health, or community building, or medical care. It’s the source of inspiration that creates great art, beautiful communities, and national moments of meaning in our neighboring jurisdiction, the nation’s capital. For our citizens, this is how we define the Power of Ideas – by celebrating the qualities that make Fairfax County the perfect solution to your daily pursuit of work and life balance.

Fairfax County offers residents a wide range of excellent employment opportunities, attractive housing options, an abundance of recreational opportunities and proximity to Washington, D.C., with mountains to the west and the beaches to the east. Take a moment to connect with the wonderful communities of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Once a farming community adjacent to the nation's capital, today Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in the Washington area and contains some of its most desirable residential communities. The business taxes generated by economic and commercial development fund some of the finest public services in the country – a well-run government, excellent schools, large libraries and a beautiful park system.

Fairfax County Public Schools is consistently rated among the best school systems in the nation. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is consistently ranked among the top public high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report rankings. The Fairfax County Public Library is the largest public library system in Virginia with a total circulation topping 13 million items a year.

Fairfax County offers its residents a broad range of historical and entertainment options, including the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. Wolf Trap, the nation’s only national park for the performing arts, is in Fairfax County. Fairfax County residents also take advantage of nearby cultural and recreational outlets. To the east there is the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean beaches, and the monuments, museums and nightlife in Washington, D.C. To the west are the famed Blue Ridge Mountains. To the south are the Civil War battlefields surrounding Manassas, Fredericksburg and Richmond.

Our friends at Visit Fairfax, the county's official hospitality promotion group, have compiled a great series of videos about life in Fairfax County. Click here for the StoryTellers series to see and learn more about everything from Mount Vernon to wineries and craft beer.