Fairfax County, VA

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2020 Population
1.15M
0.312% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
38.1
0.263% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
5.89%
3.71% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$127,866
2.43% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$576,700
2.42% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
611,782
0.346% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Fairfax County, VA had a population of 1.15M people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $127,866. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Fairfax County, VA grew from 1.15M to 1.15M, a 0.312% increase and its median household income grew from $124,831 to $127,866, a 2.43% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fairfax County, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (50%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (19.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.47%), White (Hispanic) (9%), and Other (Hispanic) (4.56%).

None of the households in Fairfax County, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

86.9% of the residents in Fairfax County, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fairfax County, VA are George Mason University (10,415 degrees awarded in 2020), Northern Virginia Community College (7,799 degrees), and Stratford University (595 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Fairfax County, VA was $576,700, and the homeownership rate was 68.6%. Most people in Fairfax County, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 32.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairfax County, VA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Fairfax County, VA is home to a population of 1.15M people, from which 86.9% are citizens. As of 2020, 30.9% of Fairfax County, VA residents were born outside of the country (356k people).

In 2020, there were 2.54 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (575k people) in Fairfax County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 226k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 109k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fairfax County, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    575k ± 820
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    226k ± 2.03k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    109k ± 1.6k
16.2%
Hispanic Population
187k people

In 2020, there were 2.54 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (575k people) in Fairfax County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 226k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 109k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

16.2% of the people in Fairfax County, VA are hispanic (187k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Fairfax County, VA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

30.9%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
356k people
31.3%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
359k people

As of 2020, 30.9% of Fairfax County, VA residents (356k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fairfax County, VA was 31.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
45
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.3

In 2020, 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 foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Fairfax County, VA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Fairfax County, VA residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,267 ± 8,063 people
  2. India
    94,596 ± 7,509 people
  3. Mexico
    56,409 ± 5,812 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,267 Virginia residents, followed by India with 94,596 and Mexico with 56,409.

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Citizenship

86.9%
2020 Citizenship
86.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 86.9% of Fairfax County, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Fairfax County, VA was 86.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    27,328 ± 1,324
  2. Vietnam
    16,836 ± 850
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    13,836 ± 807

Fairfax County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.62 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Fairfax County, VA is $127,866. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Fairfax County, VA was Census Tract 4701 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 4703 and Census Tract 4801, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,365. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Fairfax County, VA employs 612k people. The largest industries in Fairfax County, VA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (133,852 people), Public Administration (70,721 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (57,430 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($117,708), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($102,933), and Finance & Insurance ($101,369).

Wages

Median Household Income

$127,866
2020 value
± $1,462
2.43%
1 Year Growth
± 1.5%

Households in Fairfax County, VA have a median annual income of $127,866, which is more than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $124,831 in 2019, which represents a 2.43% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$80,381
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,440
$60,365
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,133

In 2020, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $76,850 ± $3,561
  2. White
    $66,712 ± $1,098
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,027 ± $3,581

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairfax County, VA is from Virginia.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.181% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 4703
  3. Census Tract 4801

In 2020, 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 4703 and Census Tract 4801, 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 Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.89% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairfax County, VA (67.1k out of 1.14M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. 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
    31,433 ± 1,709
  2. Hispanic
    17,433 ± 1,164
  3. Asian
    12,979 ± 1,030

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

612k
2020 Value
± 6,002
−0.346%
1 Year decline
± 1.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Fairfax County, VA declined at a rate of −0.346%, from 614k employees to 612k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairfax County, VA, are Management Occupations (93,405 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (67,202 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (63,554 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 (93,405 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (67,202 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (63,554 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 (3.38 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (2.42 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.88 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairfax County, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($149,781), Management Occupations ($114,507), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($108,323).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

612k
2020 Value
± 6,002
−0.346%
1 Year decline
± 1.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Fairfax County, VA declined at a rate of −0.346%, from 614k employees to 612k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairfax County, VA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (133,852 people), Public Administration (70,721 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (57,430 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 (133,852 people), Public Administration (70,721 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (57,430 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfax County, VA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.95 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.48 times), and Information (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairfax County, VA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($117,708), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($102,933), and Finance & Insurance ($101,369).

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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. $37.3B
  2. $28.7B
  3. $25.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $37.3B, followed by Electronics ($28.7B) and Machinery ($25.6B).

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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$325B
2020 Value in Virginia
$612B
Projected 2050 Value in Virginia
88.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 88.1% to $612B by 2050.

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. $25B
  2. $18.9B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $25B, followed by Maryland with $18.9B and Pennsylvania and $13.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Fairfax County, VA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 71.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.37%). The most partisan county was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Fairfax County, VA
71.4% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.7% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 87.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 85.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Fairfax County, VA awarded 20,393 degrees. The student population of Fairfax County, VA is skewed towards women, with 44,240 male students and 51,887 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fairfax County, VA are White (7,619 and 41%), followed by Asian (3,422 and 18.4%), Hispanic or Latino (3,295 and 17.7%), and Black or African American (2,877 and 15.5%).

The largest universities in Fairfax County, VA by number of degrees awarded are George Mason University (10,415 and 51.1%), Northern Virginia Community College (7,799 and 38.2%), and Stratford University (595 and 2.92%).

The most popular majors in Fairfax County, VA are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (1,992 and 9.77%), General Business Administration & Management (1,464 and 7.18%), and General Studies (1,399 and 6.86%).

The median tuition costs in Fairfax County, VA are $10,128 for private four year colleges, and $9,510 and $32,970 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 400 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 384 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 344 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fairfax County, VA was Information Technology with 400 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,415 degrees awarded
  2. 7,799 degrees awarded
  3. 595 degrees awarded
$9,510
Median In-State Public
$10,128
Median Private

In 2020, the Fairfax County, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was George Mason University with 10,415 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

8,879
Degrees Awarded to Men
11,514
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 8,879 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fairfax County, VA, which is 0.771 times less than the 11,514 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex 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
    7,619 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    3,422 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,295 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Fairfax County, VA was White students. These 7,619 degrees mean that there were 2.23 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 3,422 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairfax County, VA was $576,700 in 2020, which is 2.51 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $563,100 to $576,700, a 2.42% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairfax County, VA is 68.6%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Fairfax County, VA have an average commute time of 32.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fairfax County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$576,700
2020 Median
± $3,666
$563,100
2019 Median
± $2,861

In 2020, the median property value in Fairfax County, VA grew to to $576,700 from the previous year's value of $563,100.

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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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$127,866
Median Household Income
± $1,462
399k
Number of Households
± 4,526

In 2020, the median household income of the 399k households in Fairfax County, VA grew to $127,866 from the previous year's value of $124,831.

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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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

68.6%
2020 Homeownership
68%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 68.6% of the housing units in Fairfax County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fairfax County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

32.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairfax County, VA have a longer commute time (32.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.76% of the workforce in Fairfax County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (66.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.7%)
  3. Carpooled (9.34%)

In 2020, 66.8% of workers in Fairfax County, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.7%) and those who carpooled to work (9.34%).

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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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 false.

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Health

91.9% of the population of Fairfax County, VA has health coverage, with 58.8% on employee plans, 6.1% on Medicaid, 8.82% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 3.77% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia 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 930 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.17% decrease from the previous year (941 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 924 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 521 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, King and Queen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

930 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Fairfax County, VA

Primary care physicians in Fairfax County, VA see an average of 930 patients per year. This represents a 1.17% decrease from the previous year (941 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 its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$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

8.09%
Uninsured
58.8%
Employer Coverage
6.1%
Medicaid
8.82%
Medicare
14.5%
Non-Group
3.77%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairfax County, VA declined by 1.7% from 8.23% to 8.09%.

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. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 22.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 22.5%.

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

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