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Great Falls, VA

Great Falls, VA

Great Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,344 at the 2000 census.

Although primarily a bedroom community for Washington, D.C., one major attraction is Great Falls Park which overlooks the Great Falls of the Potomac River, for which the community and the park are named. George Washington was involved with building a canal around the falls on the southwest, or Virginia, side, called the Patowmack Canal, which did not become commercially viable. Remnants of the canal and of a village around the canal named Matildaville are still visible in the park. The Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad extended along Old Dominion Drive to Great Falls Park in 1906.

Great Falls is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 8,344 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Great Falls is the 104th largest community in Virginia.

Great Falls is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.72% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Great Falls is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Great Falls who work in management occupations (26.70%), business and financial occupations (10.75%), and sales jobs (10.66%)

CVS Also of interest is that Great Falls has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. Of important note, Great Falls is also a town of artists. Great Falls has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Great Falls's character.

Great Falls is located at 38°59'53"N 077°17'18"W. The area is sparsely populated due to the vast tracts of land. The main roads serving Great Falls are Virginia State Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and Virginia State Route 193 (Georgetown Pike). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 17.9 square miles (46.4 km²), of which, 17.9 square miles (46.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.22%) is water. Early on, the village was known as Forestville (unofficially, since there was already a Forestville with a Post Office), but was named Great Falls in 1955.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 8,549 people, 2,785 households, and 2,464 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 478.5 people per square mile (184.7/km²). There were 2,852 housing units at an average density of 159.6/sq mi (61.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.83% White, 1.20% African American, 0.14% Native American, 4.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 2,785 households out of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.4% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.5% were non-families. 8.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $159,695 and the median income for a family was $170,618. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $62,206 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $78,149. About 0.9% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
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Total Population 8,344
Population Density 467 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 4,169
Male Population 4,175
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 18% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 2% Increase
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Nearest 2-Year Public College Montgomery College
Distance 10 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College Devry University
Distance 6 miles
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 2,693
Family Households 2,335
Average Family Size 3.41
Average Household Income $278,465
Median Household Income $202,984
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 92% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 27% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.66
Crime Risk (County) 0.41
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.21
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.28
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.32
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.30
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.14
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.58
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.26
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.81
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.45
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Average July High Temperature 85.4 °F
Average January Low Temperature 23.8 °F
Annual Precipitation 43.1 inches
Air Pollution Index 85% of National Average
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Sales Tax Rate 5.00%
Nearest Airport Washington Dulles International
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Washington Wizards / Washington
Distance 16 miles
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The Outdoors

Located just seventeen miles north of Washington D.C., Great Falls, Virginia feels like a world away from the bustling city. With magnificent views of the Great Falls National Park, encompassing nature trails and wildlife preserves and the Potomac River, the town is a haven of natural beauty and geological history.

Great falls tavern In addition to the beautiful scenery, Great Falls is home to an affluent community, where nearly all of the residents own their home. With backgrounds in Washington D.C. and the political arena its understandable why the residents also take pride in the history and resources of their town. Great Falls Historical Society and Great Falls Citizen Association are just two of the many organizations in which residents take action in preserving and promoting the progress of their city. From planning events at the 800 acre park to hosting potluck dinners at historical sites, this community is definitely one of great spirit.

The property values reflect the positive nature of this town, rising at a much faster pace than the national average in recent years. Over a short period of time, home and condominium property values nearly doubled. With its picturesque scenery and rich sense of community pride, Great Falls, Virginia is a town that 10,000 residents are pleased to call home.

At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.

The park offers of hiking and biking trails, great places to picnic, some challenging rock climbing, and horseback riding (if you bring your own horse). If you are into kayaking, get ready for some fun and challenging white-water thrills.

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