Fairfax, VA
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Fairfax is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 24,013 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Fairfax is the 42nd largest community in Virginia.

Fairfax home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Fairfax real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Fairfax is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfax is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfax who work in management occupations (12.98%), office and administrative support (12.63%), and sales jobs (9.77%).

Also of interest is that Fairfax has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Fairfax is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Fairfax, the average commute to work is 31.64 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Fairfax is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Fairfax, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfax. 54.87% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Fairfax in 2010 was $45,545, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $182,180 for a family of four. However, Fairfax contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fairfax is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fairfax home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairfax residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fairfax also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fairfax include German, English, Italian, and European.

Fairfax also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.93%.

The most common language spoken in Fairfax is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.