Once Virginia's largest milk-producing county and farming community serving the nation's capital, the greater Vienna regional area has evolved into a major business center. Thousands of firms have opened in recent years to take advantage of the area's excellent public school system; strategic access to Washington, D.C.; Metrorail, Dulles and Reagan Washington National Airports; high-quality commercial real estate; and diverse top quality residential communities.
Five of Inc.'s Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here, and more than half of the Internet's traffic travels through the fiber optic cable in the county. With 502,000 jobs, Fairfax County is the top suburban employment center in the Washington area, and its civilian labor force of 551,465 is larger than that of Boston, Denver, San Jose, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
It is also the largest jurisdiction in the Washington area and contains some of its most desirable residential communities. In fact, With 968,000 residents, Fairfax County is the most populous county in Virginia and 37th in the United States. Our population is larger than that of seven states and larger than the cities of Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and San Jose. Residents can choose from a broad spectrum of residential communities developed by some of the nation's premier homebuilders.
Development and business taxes fund some of the finest public services in the country. The Fairfax County Public School System is consistently rated among the best in the nation, with many special academic programs, high test scores and excellent graduation rates. The Fairfax County Public Library System is the largest public library system in Virginia with a total circulation of more than 2 million volumes.
Area residents can take advantage of many nearby cultural and recreational outlets. The climate is moderate, with average temperatures reaching 53.9 degrees Fahrenheit and precipitation at 40 inches, allowing ample time to enjoy the outdoors. There is the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean beaches, and the monuments, museums and nightlife in Washington, D.C. to the east.
To the west are the famed Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive and caverns to explore. To the south are the Civil War battlefields of Manassas, Fredericksburg and Richmond.
The Vienna area also is an increasingly diverse community culturally. The nation's only national park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap Farm Park, is here. The acclaimed Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, which also hosts world-renowned musicians and dancers regularly. And the rich cultural diversity of the area is reflected in the many houses of worship and community-oriented programs that exist here.
All of these things - its diversified and dynamic business base, highly trained workforce, competitive tax structure, multi-modal transportation network, extensive fiber network, historic attractions, broad cultural and recreational opportunities and high quality of public service - combine to make the greater Vienna regional area a great place to work and live.
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