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The City of Fairfax in the Commonwealth of Virginia elegantly ties together an appreciation for the area’s roots in history, while embracing contemporary pleasures, and expanding into the future.
Rich in history, Fairfax is situated in northeastern Virginia, about 15 miles southwest of Washington, DC., and is part of the Washington metro area.
The historic city, peppered with intriguing landmarks, has done a remarkable job of preserving the past while constructing a multitude of big box stores and malls, small shops and boutiques, casual and fine dining establishments, country clubs, spas, and more.
Established as an independent city in 1961, Fairfax quickly went to work erecting a new city hall, constructed schools, implemented a bus service and created a downtown historic district.
The city underwent another explosion of renovation and growth starting in 2005, building a new library, thousands of square feet of space for retail and restaurants, over 70,000 square feet of office condominiums, and dozens of upscale residential condos.
Today, the city is comprised of well established as well as newly constructed single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes, villas, and condominiums.
In May of 2009, Forbes Magazine rated Fairfax No. 3 in “The Top 25 Places to Live Well.”
Fairfax is home to an array of highly-rated, award-winning public and private schools, and boasts a high median household income. The affluent city is home to several Fortune 500 companies.
The City of Fairfax serves as the county seat for Fairfax County, even though the city is independent of the county.
Things to do in Fairfax, Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia, has done an outstanding job of providing an array of things to do both indoors and out.
At the forefront in Fairfax is the shopping scene, which now includes a multitude of shopping centers and malls such as the Main street Marketplace, Courthouse Plaza Shopping Center, Fair City Mall, Fairfax Circle Shopping Center, Fairfax Corner, and Fairfax Square.
Golf has become a staple in the community thanks to venues such as the Army Navy Country Club and Penderbrook Golf Club.
A walk through Old Town downtown gives you that nostalgic feeling of yesteryear coupled with modern amenities. And there are a variety of museums and tours throughout the historic areas of Fairfax.
Fairfax celebrates community spirit through a variety of festivals and special events throughout the year, including The Chocolate Lover’s Festival, Fall Festival, antique car shows, and more.
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Schools in the City of Fairfax
When the City of Fairfax became independent from Fairfax County, it became part of a School Services Agreement with Fairfax County Public Schools.
Fairfax County Public schools manage the area’s schools, staff, and curriculum while the City School Board manages the contract and the city’s four school buildings.
The four Fairfax schools include Providence Elementary School, Daniels Run Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, and Fairfax High School.
The high school was awarded a gold ranking as the 10nth best high school in Virginia by U.S. News and World Report.
There is a multitude of private schools to choose from in and around the city of Fairfax.
One of the city’s most prestigious assets is George Mason University, which sits along the edge of the city. There are several other colleges and universities throughout the area for higher education.
Public Transportation in Fairfax
Seven days a week, residents and guests of Fairfax are serviced by the CUE bus system, which connects to the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station and the GMU Fairfax campus.
Three airports are nearby Fairfax to provide convenient air travel. Airports near Fairfax include:
- Washington Dulles International Airport
- Ronald Regan Washington National Airport
- Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
The Climate in the City of Fairfax
The sun shines on Fairfax 198 days of the year and brings summer high temperatures of about 86 degrees.
On average, there are 119 days per year with measurable precipitation, which equates to an accumulative 43 inches of rain and 22 inches of snow.
Fairfax, an independent city, is conveniently located in Virginia, in close proximity to the nation’s capital. Steeped in history, the city’s landmarks have been well preserved while contemporary construction took place.
The result is an affluent community living a lifestyle by design.
While maintaining its old town charm, Fairfax now offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and recreational opportunities.
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