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Welcome to Fairfax ...

While we don't have a date for the founding of Fairfax, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Fairfax has a population of 23,294 people<1> (see below for details).

The city of Fairfax is 420 feet [128 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Fairfax lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Fairfax: (703) & (571)<3>

The ZIP code for Fairfax: 22030<4>

Websites for Fairfax ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Fairfax had an population of 23,294 people. This is an increase of 3.23% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.35% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fairfax had a population of 22,565 people.

The population of Fairfax represents 0.28% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 22,565 people, the population of Fairfax increased 4.96% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 21,498 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Fairfax.

Communities Also Named Fairfax ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 32 communities that are also named Fairfax - they are located in Alabama, California (2), Delaware, Georgia (2), Indiana (3), Iowa, Kansas (2), Louisiana, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Ontario, Quebec, South Carolina (4), South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Fairfax.

Communities near Fairfax ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Fairfax.

  • Arlington
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Alexandria
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
  • Rockville
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockville
    • Rockville is located in Montgomery County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 69,512 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockville <5>
  • Manassas
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Herndon
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Herndon have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Herndon
    • Herndon is located in Fairfax County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,573 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Herndon <5>
  • Manassas Park
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manassas Park have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manassas Park
    • Manassas Park is located in Manassas Park City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,004 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manassas Park <5>
  • Takoma Park
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
  • Falls Church
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
  • Mount Rainier
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Rainier have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Rainier
    • Mount Rainier is located in Prince George's County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,117 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Rainier <5>
  • Dumfries
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dumfries
    • Dumfries is located in Prince William County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,106 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dumfries <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Fairfax. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Fairfax.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Fairfax. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fairfax.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fairfax. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Fairfax.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Fairfax ...

Looking for more information about Fairfax? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Fairfax, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Fairfax.

Adding Fairfax to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Fairfax in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Fairfax was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Fairfax on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Fairfax.

The official website for Fairfax:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fairfax.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fairfax - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>Area code (571) is an overlay for area code (703).
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Fairfax). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fairfax or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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