Quality of Life

Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, DC, area. It is home to some of the most desirable residential communities anywhere and has one of the highest qualities of life in the US. 

Business taxes generated by commercial development fund some of the finest public services in the country. Fairfax County Public Schools are consistently rated among the best in the nation, with many special academic programmes and high test scores and graduation rates. Several high schools offer the International Baccalaureate degree. European embassies based in Washington host cultural events throughout the year for people living in the area. The Fairfax County Public Library is the largest public library system in Virginia.

Fairfax County offers its residents a broad range of historical and entertainment options, including George Washington's 18th century Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and the 21st century National Air and Space Museum. The only US national park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap, is in Fairfax County and more than 30,000 acres in Fairfax County have been preserved as parkland.

Fairfax County residents also take advantage of nearby cultural and recreational outlets. To the east there is the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean beaches, and the monuments, museums and nightlife in Washington, DC. To the west are the famed Blue Ridge Mountains. To the south are the Civil War battlefields surrounding Manassas, Fredericksburg and Richmond, Virginia.