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County is a county in Northern Virginia nicknamed the Silicon
Valley of the East Coast due to its heavy concentration of information
technology firms. It has an estimated population of over 1,000,000
making it the most populous county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
It has the second highest median household income in the United
Fairfax County is bounded on the north and southeast by the
Potomac River; across the river to the northeast is Washington,
DC, across the river to the north is Montgomery County, Maryland,
across the river to the southeast are Prince George's County,
Maryland and Charles County, Maryland; it is also partially
bounded on the north and east by Arlington County and the independent
cities of Alexandria and Falls Church; it is bound on the west
by Loudoun County; and on the south by Prince William County
and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
The average household size is 2.74 and the average family size
is 3.20. The median age is 36 years and the median income for
a household in the county is $81,050.
The economy of Fairfax County is a robust service economy and
relies heavily on the Federal Government. Many citizens work
for the government or for contractors of the Federal Government.
Defense contractors in particular are prominent. The government
is the largest employer with Fort Belvoir in southern Fairfax
being the county's single largest employer. Tysons Corner is
Virginia’s largest office market and one of the leading
business centers in the nation with 25.7 million square feet
of office space. Several major highways run through Fairfax
County including the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), Interstate
66, Interstate 95, and Interstate 395. Washington Dulles International
Airport lies partly within Fairfax County and provides most
air service to the county. Two other airports in the Washington
area, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Baltimore-Washington
International Thurgood Marshall Airport, also serve Fairfax.
Fairfax County operates its own bus service called the Fairfax
Connector. The Orange, Blue, Yellow and the planned Silver metro
lines all serve Fairfax County. In addition, VRE (Virginia Railway
Express) also serves Fairfax County with stations in Lorton