Fairfax is an independent city located within the confines of Fairfax County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This city in the Northern Virginia region is part of the Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA).
The area the City of Fairfax encompasses was settled in the early 1700s by farmers from Virginia's Tidewater region. The Fairfax County courthouse was established at the corner of Old Little River Turnpike (now Main Street) and Ox Road. The small town in the surrounding area was then known as Earp's Corner and in 1805, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly, named the Town of Providence. People continued to informally refer to it as "Fairfax Court House". The town was officially renamed the Town of Fairfax in 1874. The town became an independent city in 1961.
As of the 2000 census, the City of Fairfax had a total population of 21,498; and although politically independent, it is the county seat of Fairfax County.
Web Sites and Links
City of FairfaxOfficial site, providing extensive information about the local government, recreation, history, and economy.
Fairfax City Regional LibraryOverview of facilities and services, events calendar, and directions.
Farrcroft Homeowners AssociationCommunity guide contains neighborhood history, newsletters, letters from the board, social events, maps, and contacts for new residents.
MantuaCommunity information, schools, homes, things to do and contacts.
QuestoxCommunity classifieds. View ads for jobs and materials for sale.