With a little over 1 million residents, Fairfax County is one of the most populous jurisdiction in the Western Metropolitan area. Fairfax County is home to intelligence agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. Fairfax County is also home to half of Metropolitan areas Fortune 500 companies.
Named after Thomas Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, this is one of the oldest settlements in northern Virginia dating back to 1742. Over the years the rural countryside has increased exponentially to one of the largest business centers in Virginia. With technology and a steady government-driven economy Fairfax County continues to grow in wealth and diverse population.
Fairfax County offers the Fairfax County public school system and operates with federal government contributions and citizen and corporate contributions as well. The school system contains the Thomas Jefferson high school for science and technology which consistently ranks near the top of all United States high schools for students who annually perform above and beyond in the field of science and engineering.
The economy generally revolves around professional services and technology. Most residents work for the government or contractors of the federal government. Fairfax County is home to major employers such as Hilton worldwide, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae, and Exxon Mobil.
Fairfax County offers residents and guests annual festivals and arts and culture. The festivals include "Celebrate Fairfax"; held in June every year at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax City. This community-wide celebration is held the second weekend after Memorial Day and hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year. This annual fair, dating back to colonial times, celebrates commerce, economic development, and a sense of community. Area residents and visitors alike enjoy carnival rides, fair food, and music and dance.
Fairfax County residents also enjoy summer concert, arts in the park, and Sounds of Summer Starlight Cinema with local galleries, performing arts groups, and community centers and theaters. Fairfax County is a wonderful place to call home, come visit, or retire.
Fairfax County offers dozens of parks and recreational centers including over 390 County Parks covering more than 23,000 acres. Those living in Fairfax County enjoy dozens of trails running through parks, adjacent to roads and through towns, as well as the Mount Vernon Trail which runs through Fairfax County along the Potomac River.
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