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re: Overrated - 10/5/2006 - 12/31/2009
So true. I lived there for years and couldn't wait to leave

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re: Overrated - 10/5/2006 - 4/24/2008
I agree. We lived in the area and hated it. We now live in the northern suburbs of Atlanta(Forsyth Co.) It's great here-beautiful affordable housing, great schools(many beat Fairfax county on the average SAT scores), and the weather is great. I would say it's the complete opposite of Fairfax VA.

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Centreville, VA

High - 1/1/2015

The Cost of living here is high. Though the standard of living is also high, unless you're making over 50,000/year, it's difficult to both live and build any sort of savings.

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Fairfax, VA

great place to live - 5/1/2014

Fairfax City has been named as a Great Small City in the past. It has a mix of the old & the new. The Civil war was fought in & around the city. George Mason Univ. has an award-winning basketball team, a great cultural arts program & a terrific law school. Fairfax is a short commute to Washington, DC & several military installations. The weather is usually moderate, but traffic is usually quite busy.

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Baltimore, MD

Fairfax, VA - 12/5/2012

Fairfax is a great place to live but the cost of living is high

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Fairfax Station, VA

Hot and Cold to extremes - 6/5/2012

it is hot and cold so be ready for extremes and great changes of seasons!

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Fairfax Station, VA

Expensive Housing - 4/28/2012

Expensive housing, rentals and cost of living items make it a very expensive place to live

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Fairfax, VA

Cost of living - 3/5/2012

Fairfax is expensive. But there are jobs in the area.

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Burke, VA

Traffic Makes the DC Metropolitan Area Unlivable - 11/6/2011

The DC Metropolitan area has some of the worst traffic in the country. If you're considering moving to this area, be sure to move as close to your workplace as possible. Road conditions are very bad; road construction (especially on major highways) is continual; road capacity is extremely lacking; mass transportation, while available in many areas during rush hours, is poorly run, expensive, unreliable and crumbling from lack of maintenance; and local governments' ability to respond to weather and other emergencies is non-existent. Non-rush hour traffic is also extremely heavy making the expression, "You can't get there from here," very relevant.

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Fairfax, VA

Cost of Living High - 5/18/2010

Cost of living is high, but can be balanced with plenty of free things to do at many public parks, walking/jogging trails, bike trails. Trips to Washington, DC are convenient.

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Fairfax, VA

Fairfax VA - 1/14/2010

The schools are ecellent here. The climate is wonderful with four seasons, Spring and Fall being my favorites. People are friendly and welcoming and there is always something to do, whatever your intrests may be. The only problem is the traffic.

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Ithaca, NY

Couldn't wait to leave! - 12/27/2009

I grew up in Fairfax and finally left after 25 years! Yes, there are many jobs and things to do. It's only about 25 mins to Washington DC so you have access to tons of culture, museums, etc. Fairfax itself is way overpriced. Housing prices are outrageous. There is construction everywhere and the congestion is awful. Drivers are super aggressive so if you don't plan on speeding everywhere you go, be prepared to be run off the road. The people are rude and unfriendly. Also, the immigrant population is high, especially Asians. I felt like I lived in Korea after awhile! THe weather isn't bad if you don't mind hot, hazy summers. Spring and fall are nice. Winters are relatively mild and measurable snow is rare.

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Sterling, VA

education - 7/22/2009

we have the best public school system in the country but we are the third most expensive county in the us as well!

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Fairfax, VA

Auto culture - 3/23/2009

Quality of life is seriously compromised by the need to use a car to function in this sprawling suburb of Washington, DC.

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Fairfax Station, VA

Life in Fairfax - 3/21/2009

Busy, lots of traffic, long commutes....!

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Fairfax, VA

You can have it all: the city, the ocean and the m - 2/11/2009

I love living in Fairfax, VA for many reasons. My most favorite part about this area is the proximity to so many different natural settings. We are 20 minutes from our nation's capital ( a great city for culture, nightlife, and history), 2 hours or so from many great east coast beaches (from the quaint family setting to the party setting), and 45 minutes from the Shenandoah mountains. Whether you want to hike, go to a museum, go to a concert, or spend the day on the beach- you are always within a short drive of your chosen activity!

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Fairfax, VA

Mixed Bag - 6/6/2008

Fairfax, Virginia, offers the best and worst of everything. It provides some of the best schools, best libraries, and best shopping centers in the country. It is a hop, skip, and a jump to Washington, DC, the nation's capital and the home of the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, and a slew of upscale restaurants. What more could you ask for, right? Unfortunately, access to such amenities comes at a heavy price, in particular, costly housing, high taxes, and seemingly costly everything else. If you list among the town's many well-paid professionals, you might not notice the ever-increasing property taxes, mass transportation costs, and home-owner association fees. If, on the other hand, you fall at the lower end of the financial spectrum, the continually changing living costs might be enough to drive you out of town. Oh, yes! If you do decide to settle down in northern Virginia, you must learn to confront its maddening rush-hour traffic stoically. If you fall afoul of the state's notorious Division of Motor Vehicles, you will face heavy fines and assorted other stiff penalties.

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Fairfax, VA

A place where north and south meet - 12/12/2007

While Virginia is considered a southern state, Northern Virginia is a mix of southern and northern. Not only in culture, but also in weather. At times it gets bitter cold like in the north, at other times it gets hot and humid like in the south. But most of the time the two systems mix and the weather is neither too hot or too cold.

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Beefed up housing prices - 7/24/2007

townhomes in my area reached almost $700,000 two years ago. Those same townhomes are worth a little more than $600,000.

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Fairfax, VA

Fairfax -- Best kept secret in Washington D.C. reg - 6/20/2007

Fairfax is a wonderful, safe and convenient city with nationally-ranked schools, diverse and interesting neighborhoods, and an awesome historic downtown filled with shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. What's more, the city is well-run and boasts the lowest property tax rate in Northern Virginia. The downtown has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and now boasts a brand new library, new shops, mixed-use development with condos, and brick-paved sidwalks and pavers for pedestrian-friendly use. Bike and hiking trails ring the neighborhoods and George Mason University offers academic, cultural and athletic activities. The metro is within 5 or 10 minutes of most homes and Fairfax has great access to the major roadways. And the homes are much cheaper than nearby Falls Church, McLean, Vienna or Oakton. If you like contemporary homes in a rustic wooded setting, check out the award-winning Great Oaks neighborhood off of Old Lee Highway near the Army Navy Country Club.

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Fairfax, VA

Economy - 6/6/2007

Booming economy thanks to uncle sam and tech sector. Low rate of unemployment. High house prices to go with the economy.

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Fairfax, VA

Overrated - 10/5/2006

Fairfax County is all about "looks" - They artificially inflate AP numbers so they get their schools in the Newsweek top 100 -it's a scam and all teachers in the county know it. Add this to the astronomical housing prices, traffic and it could be one of the worst places for moderate income families to live.

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