Fairfax, Virginia is located at the geographic center of Fairfax County, Virginia, the most populous county in both Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan Area. Though there is also a politically independent City of Fairfax within Fairfax County, the region known as Fairfax extends far beyond the actual city limits, mostly westward towards Centreville and Chantilly, and shares much of its rich history and role as a governmental hub for the county.
Quality of Life:
The region of Fairfax outside of Fairfax City is largely a suburban setting, though there is a considerable deal of retail, office space, and new mixed-use development. The Fairfax County Government Center, an expansive compound housing the official county offices and Board of Supervisors, is located in the center of Fairfax, and is also the grounds of the annual Fairfax Fair, a countywide celebration featuring a carnival and wide array of live entertainment. A wide selection of retail exists within Fairfax as well: Fair Oaks Mall is one of the largest malls in the region; Fair Lakes Shopping Center offers an abundance of grocery and retail options; and Fairfax Corner, the area’s most recent addition, is a mixed use development offering shopping, dining, theaters, and apartments.
In addition to a variety of suburban amenities, Fairfax is located adjacent to the City of Fairfax’s Old Town district, offering many historic landmarks and cultural festivals to suit all kinds of interests throughout the year.
There are several major commuter arteries, including Lee Highway, Route 50, I-66, and the Fairfax County Parkway. The easternmost part of the area is about four miles west of the Vienna Metro.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 20 miles.
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 10 miles.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 40 miles.