Nestled in the suburban expanse of the Washington DC metro region, the City of Fairfax, with its hallmark landscaped and leafy street medians, is an oasis, unique and brimming with vitality that recently has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top places to live in the nation. It was, and still is, at the crossroads of Northern Virginia. It's a short drive from Washington, DC, with an attractive blend of commercial, office, retail and residential properties. It combines the charm of a small town with the opportunities of a thriving urban area. The residents aren’t surprised with the city’s many top rankings on “quality-of-life” lists. It simply comes with the territory for this small city of 24,000 known for its superior “small town” community feel situated in a world-class metropolitan region.
Fairfax is widely known for outstanding cultural amenities. Every year the city sponsors world-class events such as Fall for the Book, Spotlight on the Arts, and a fun two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival. This is in addition to three annual flagship events: the day-long Independence Day celebration, recognized as the best parade and most colorful fireworks in the area; the Fall Festival, where Old Town Fairfax opens its streets to hundreds of renown craft merchants and thousands of visitors; and the Holiday Craft Show, which fills Fairfax High School with amazing handcrafted wares that bring shoppers from surrounding states.
Perhaps the most important area of all, the city is rightfully proud of its support for the educational opportunities afforded its children. Fairfax High School recently received US News and World Report’s Gold Award, its highest recognition, for placing in the top 250 out of more than 22,000 schools nationally. Broad-based community support for schools is evidenced by a recent passage of a General Obligation bond referendum by more than 80 percent of those at the polls. Acclaimed George Mason University sits on the city’s southern border and enjoys an excellent town-gown relationship with the city. The university provides the community with world-class thinkers, musical and cultural events, nationally recognized sports teams and Olympic athletes.
The City of Fairfax: a sense of place, a sense of history, a sense of belonging.