Fairfax County, VA

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Population

1.15M

0.859% growth

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$118,279

2.21% growth

Poverty Rate

6.14%


Number of Employees

616,022

1.61% growth

Median Property Value

$567,000

2.49% growth

About

In 2017, Fairfax County, VA had a population of 1.15M people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $118,279. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fairfax County, VA grew from 1.14M to 1.15M, a 0.859% increase and its median household income grew from $115,717 to $118,279, a 2.21% increase.

The population of Fairfax County, VA is 50.6% White Alone, 19.3% Asian Alone, and 16.2% Hispanic or Latino. 39.9% of the people in Fairfax County, VA speak a non-English language, and 85.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fairfax County, VA are George Mason University (9,044 degrees awarded in 2016), Northern Virginia Community College (7,752 degrees), and Stratford University (1,081 degrees).

The median property value in Fairfax County, VA is $567,000, and the homeownership rate is 67%. Most people in Fairfax County, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairfax County, VA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Fairfax County, VA employs 616k people. The largest industries in Fairfax County, VA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (125,182 people), Public Administration (67,896 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (60,381 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($108,910), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,686), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($100,870).

Median household income in Fairfax County, VA is $118,279. Males in Fairfax County, VA have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,347. The income inequality in Fairfax County, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$118,279

2017 value

± $3,347

2.21%

1 Year Growth

± 3.39%

Households in Fairfax County, VA have a median annual income of $118,279, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $115,717 in 2016, which represents a 2.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,867

Average Male Salary

± $1,332

$56,347

Average Female Salary

± $1,064

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $71,860 ± $3,385

  2. White

    $61,741 ± $1,001

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $59,500 ± $21,033

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairfax County, VA is from Virginia.

0.477

2017 Wage GINI

0.484

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.42% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4701

  2. Census Tract 4602

  3. Census Tract 4703

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairfax County, VA was Census Tract 4701 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 4602 and Census Tract 4703, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Fairfax County, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

6.14% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairfax County, VA (69.5k out of 1.13M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    34,673 ± 1,436

  2. Hispanic

    19,535 ± 1,280

  3. Asian

    12,844 ± 889

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairfax County, VA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

616k

2017 Value

± 12,645

1.61%

1 Year growth

± 2.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairfax County, VA grew at a rate of 1.61%, from 606k employees to 616k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairfax County, VA, are Management Occupations (96,846 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (63,111 people), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (62,584 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairfax County, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairfax County, VA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (96,846 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (63,111 people), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (62,584 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfax County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (3.19 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.98 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.84 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairfax County, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($136,648), Management Occupations ($110,855), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($106,595).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

616k

2017 Value

± 12,645

1.61%

1 Year growth

± 2.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairfax County, VA grew at a rate of 1.61%, from 606k employees to 616k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairfax County, VA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (125,182 people), Public Administration (67,896 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (60,381 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairfax County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Fairfax County, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fairfax County, VA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (125,182 people), Public Administration (67,896 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (60,381 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfax County, VA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.72 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.43 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairfax County, VA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($108,910), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,686), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($100,870).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.8% of the population of Fairfax County, VA has health coverage, with 58.4% on employee plans, 6.03% on Medicaid, 8.36% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 3.81% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Fairfax County, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Fairfax County, VA see 964 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.823% decrease from the previous year (972 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 968 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 641 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

964 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Fairfax County, VA see an average of 964 patients per year. This represents a 0.823% decrease from the previous year (972 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Fairfax County, VA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.18%

Uninsured

58.4%

Employer Coverage

6.03%

Medicaid

8.36%

Medicare

15.2%

Non-Group

3.81%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairfax County, VA declined by 7.04% from 8.8% to 8.18%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fairfax County, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fairfax County, VA is home to a population of 1.15M people, from which 85.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 30.8% of Fairfax County, VA residents were born outside of the country (353k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fairfax County, VA is composed of 581k White Alone residents (50.6%), 222k Asian Alone residents (19.3%), 187k Hispanic or Latino residents (16.2%), 108k Black or African American Alone residents (9.36%), 46.3k Two or More Races residents (4.03%), 2.53k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.22%), 2.09k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.182%), and 633 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0551%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fairfax County, VA are Spanish (144,981 speakers), Korean (37,205 speakers), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (28,812 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fairfax County, VA was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Fairfax County, VA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Fairfax County, VA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

30.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

353k people

30.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

343k people

As of 2017, 30.8% of Fairfax County, VA residents (353k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fairfax County, VA was 30.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    112,238 ± 8,170 people

  2. India

    92,231 ± 7,415 people

  3. Korea

    58,294 ± 5,907 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 112,238 Virginia residents, followed by India with 92,231 and Korea with 58,294.

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Citizenship

85.6%

2017 Citizenship

85.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 85.6% of Fairfax County, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fairfax County, VA was 85.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    581k ± 782

  2. Asian Alone

    222k ± 3.85k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    187k ± 12.5k

In 2017, there were 2.62 times more White Alone residents (581k people) in Fairfax County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 222k Asian Alone and 187k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fairfax County, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    144,981 speakers (13.5%)

  2. Korean

    37,205 speakers (3.46%)

  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    28,812 speakers (2.68%)

39.9% of Fairfax County, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Fairfax County, VA was Spanish. 13.5% of the overall population of Fairfax County, VA are native Spanish speakers. 3.46% speak Korean and 2.68% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    27,537 ± 2,524

  2. Vietnam

    16,595 ± 1,556

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    15,498 ± 1,978

Fairfax County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fairfax County, VA awarded 19,694 degrees. The student population of Fairfax County, VA is skewed towards women, with 43,760 male students and 47,997 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fairfax County, VA are White (8,056 and 44.6%), followed by Asian (3,115 and 17.2%), Black or African American (2,693 and 14.9%), and Hispanic or Latino (2,637 and 14.6%).

The largest universities in Fairfax County, VA by number of degrees awarded are George Mason University (9,044 and 45.9%), Northern Virginia Community College (7,752 and 39.4%), and Stratford University (1,081 and 5.49%).

The most popular majors in Fairfax County, VA are General Studies (1,568 and 7.96%), General Business Administration & Management (1,554 and 7.89%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (1,223 and 6.21%).

The median tuition costs in Fairfax County, VA are $10,128 for private four year colleges, and $8,204 and $29,486 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,566 degrees awarded

  2. 1,021 degrees awarded

  3. 641 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Fairfax County, VA was General Studies with 1,566 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Fairfax County, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 9,044 degrees awarded

  2. 7,752 degrees awarded

  3. 1,081 degrees awarded

$8,204

Median In-State Public

$10,128

Median Private

In 2016, the Fairfax County, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was George Mason University with 9,044 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,745

Degrees Awarded to Men

10,949

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,745 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fairfax County, VA, which is 0.799 times less than the 10,949 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Fairfax County, VA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,056 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    3,115 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    2,693 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fairfax County, VA were to White students. These 8,056 degrees mean that there were 2.59 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 3,115 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairfax County, VA was $567,000 in 2017, which is 2.61 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $553,200 to $567,000, a 2.49% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairfax County, VA is 67%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fairfax County, VA have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fairfax County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$118,279

Median Household Income

± $3,347

397k

Number of Households

± 9,053

In 2017, the median household income of the 397k households in Fairfax County, VA grew to $118,279 from the previous year's value of $115,717.

The following chart displays the households in Fairfax County, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$567,000

2017 Median

± $6,988

$553,200

2016 Median

± $6,914

In 2017, the median property value in Fairfax County, VA grew to to $567,000 from the previous year's value of $553,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairfax County, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairfax County, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fairfax County, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairfax County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67%

2017 Homeownership

67.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67% of the housing units in Fairfax County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fairfax County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fairfax County, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fairfax County, VA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

30 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairfax County, VA have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in Fairfax County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71%

  2. Carpooled

    9.4%

  3. Public Transit

    9.1%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fairfax County, VA was Drove Alone (71%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.4%) and those who Public Transit (9.1%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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