A pretty good place to grow up. Borders Loudoun County to the west, Arlington, Alexandria and DC to the east, and Prince William to the South. The Potomac runs alongside it at points.

Very well educated, and not too much crime (especially compared to DC, with Southeast DC in particular). Racially diverse as well, and also quite liberal, though that has its positive and negative side. The Washington Metro, a subway system with stops in multiple parts of VA, DC and Maryland, is a wonderful asset (though those coming from New York shouldn't expect all too much). Temperatures can get into the 90s during the summer and dip below 20 in the winter, but the summers and winters are manageable.

Unfortunately, with the high income of this area comes pretty expensive costs of living. Some teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools (a very good, but not perfect school system) have to commute from outside the county's borders. And yes, traffic can be awful. The Metro should be used as much as possible.

Are there huge differences between Fairfax County and Montgomery County (Maryland), Arlington or Alexandria? No, not really. They're all places some people would dream to raise their kids. Anyone who's ready to trash another part of the DC suburbs should remember how fortunate those people are to be near a wonderful city and in a relatively safe environment.
"So where did you go to high school?"
"Oh, in Fairfax County."
"Not bad! Be thankful for all the resources you have there. I grew up in a place with a bad school system, lots of crime and not many opportunities."
by Einaltereinwohner April 29, 2010
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A county in NoVA that people who live there will constantly tell you that its "culturally diverse". In reality its the typical American suburb full of white people stuck up in upper-middle class homes in cul-de-sacs. Traffic is horrible here since the county can never project its growing population and has 2 lane roads serving massive suburban sprawl developments. Only thing good about this county is it schools and those are at best DECENT. Every high school and most elementary schools are extremely overcrowded but some odd ass reason the middle schools are under crowded. Oh yeah the boundaries for the schools look like they were drawn by a local preschool class. Kids will be bussed to schools 2 miles away but live across from one. Everyone in the western portion of the county wishes that the Loudoun County line would be drawn further east so *GASP!!!!!!!!* they wouldnt have to live in the same county as Springfield!!!!!!!!!! Cuz ya know, one bad, insignificant place that there own county left to rot back in the late 1980s. Also, if you drive around you will begin to notice that all the houses look the same. Most of the time you can correctly guess the floorplan of a home from looking at it. The neighborhoods here are very territorial, places such as Hampton Forest in Fairfax or Virginia Run in Centreville are majority white neighborhoods where the teenagers who live there think they own the world and that anyone who lives in house worth less than 600K is dirt poor.
Fairfax County, a place where people tell you its diverse, when in reality its full of suburban white people.
by Fellow Suburbanite December 31, 2015
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As the anchor county of Northern Virginia with a population of over 1,000,000, it is the wealthiest county in terms of household income in the entire country. Many individuals from across the country and world move to Fairfax despite its expensive cost of living, because apparently, other counties and cities in the DC area are either too far from their jobs (i.e. Loudoun and Prince William Counties), or are just too crappy to live in (i.e. nearly anywhere in Maryland). It is nationally known for its extensive federal and high-tech jobs, as well as its landmark malls and shopping centers (Springfield Mall, Fair Oaks Mall, Reston Town Center) and mega shopping centers (Tysons Corner), which are popular shopping areas for tourists but are mostly used by local teens and adults to kill time. Fairfax also has some of the nation's best public schools, although it'll find anything to take the day off, from an inch of snow to no AC. And Fairfax has some of the country's worst traffic, which usually occurs from from 4 am to 1 am the following morning. Fairfax (as well as the rest of Northern Virginia) is the usual target of Richmond and its GOP in refusing transportation and other financial funding for the region, all of this while Northern Virginia tax dollars are used to fund roads and schools in trailer parks of southwestern VA. This is because the state's GOP know any growth from the result of funding will make Virginia a solid blue state. Fairfax also stands out as it is very racially diverse, but unlike our neighbor state to the north, everyone can actually get the f*ck along. This has resulted in many interracial couples to appear (besides White men and Asian or Indian women - thank God!) and a county proposed, but failed plan (thanks to Richmond, again) to give IR marriage couples extra tax breaks. Certain individuals who live in Fairfax County include many White nationalities, Koreans and Chinese, various African immigrants, Central American immigrants, Military personnel, high-tech geeks, preps, yuppies, stoners, emos, goths, the whitest black people (Oreos), the blackest Asian people (Chiggers), and others.
(Example of a debate in the Virginia General Assembly)
Tim Kaine: Now we need to find a solution to the traffic problem in Northern Virginia. Any Ideas?
Richmond GOP fag: Over my dead body I'll allow funding for Fairfax County to build the Silver Line to Dulles and through Tysons Corner.
Northern Virginian Rep.: That's all right. Watch in November how Fairfax alone will give Obama Virginia. And in 2009, my region will throw you and the rest of George Allen's butt-buddies out of Richmond.
by The Fairfaxian August 6, 2008
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The worst place to live. Rich fucks who drive fancy cars and don't give a shit about anything but themselves. Asshole little high school kids who think the universe revolves around them. An abundance of spoiled little brats who waste their parents' money on drugs, clothing from expensive stores, and other meaningless items. Every day a new street appears with a stupid new name. And a new shopping center appears so bitchy women in their 20's can go out and be superficial together. It's all about how dumb you can be, how much money you can make, how much nice land you can destroy with your developments, and how rude you can be to those who are supposedly inferior. I'm not sure how anyone in Fairfax County can be happy. Because all the men have tiny penises and the women are superficial and lack brains. Like I said, the worst place to live.
Moron from Northern Virginia: Hi! I'm a pathetic loser!
Normal Person: Maybe you should pull your head out of your ass and stop living in fairfax!
Moron: Wow, you use your brain?!

Fuck Fairfax County and it's degradation of humanity.
by nova hater December 17, 2005
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amanda fairfax county'd last night! gross! and gloriously sexual! yes! thank you!
by mazel tov November 11, 2007
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A county that is supposedly one of the richest in the COUNTRY, yet fails to administer doors to classrooms and bathroom stalls or textbooks that aren't at least 8 years old unless you were born in the right year.
We have cash, but screw the kids!
by Biteme November 17, 2004
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