Fairfax is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 24,019 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 90.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfax is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfax who work in management occupations (13.92%), business and financial occupations (9.87%), and office and administrative support (9.81%).
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.81 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Fairfax is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fairfax area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfax. 60.80% 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 2018 was $50,029, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,116 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 17.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fairfax include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Fairfax's cultural character, accounting for 28.94% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Fairfax is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.