Bob Bullock says about the History of Texas “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true” Everything you always wanted to know about Fairfax County.
Fairfax County is larger in population than seven states. Juxtapose farming world class center of commerce and major technology hub: Sully Dulles Fairfax County budget is larger than the budgets of five states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Vermont
Founded on June 19, 1742 - 260 years ago - created by VA General Assembly from the northern part of Prince William County. Originally included all of Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax city. Named for an English nobleman. Thomas the 6th Lord Fairfax. Nine districts with 90,000 - 140,000 population each Chairman and nine members of Board of Supervisors w/ County Executive Dillon Rule in effect and defines relationship of county w/ state government: little power given to local govts unless expressly granted by state. According to the EDA….. 33,583 payroll establishments or businesses employed over 572,000 workers 355 international companies 6150 technology firms Unemployment rate Jan 2010: 9.7%
Population has increased by over 17% in past decade. Median age = middle - same above as below Mean household = average
7.2% of the population is 65 and over - grown by 39% since 1990 2000 Statistics: 2008 update 65 and over= 7.2% 9.9% 55-64 = 9.2% 14.0% 45-54 = 16.1% 32.6% 35-44 = 18.3% 20-34 = 21.3% 16.8% 10-19 = 12.8% under 10= 14.3% 26.7%
The census figures indicate a changing landscape in the county’s ethnicity. Among the Others are included those from Middle Eastern origin – Indians, Pakistanis, Afghanis, Iranis, etc. Total is more than 100% - in census Hispanics can be of various races. The Northern Virginia area is second only to NY City in the depth of its diverse population.
One-third of County residents speak another language and reflects households in which two languages are spoken. 65% speak only English. 10% speak another language only and 25% are bilingual.
66% of women / 81% of males over the age of 16 in Fairfax County are in the labor force The decrease in percentages reflects downsizing and decentralizing of Federal government.
Teleworking - relieves traffic congestion and improves air quality 20% of eligible County employees are teleworking some part of their work schedule- the first jurisdiction in the area to reach that goal Of the 12,657merit employees of Fairfax County government, 46.3% live in the county.
Metrorail covers 96 miles with 78 stations (five in Fairfax County) VRE has 2 commuter rail lines originating in Manassas and Fredericksburg (five stations are in Fairfax County) Amtrak is the national passenger rail service - Autotrain travels from Lorton to Florida Connector is County-financed commuter bus system which feeds Metro; FASTRAN is designed for persons unable to use fixed transit routes because of disability, location, or cost. Dulles is the fifth largest US transatlantic gateway. It has flights to 32 foreign countries and 81 US cities serving 60,000 passengers daily on 33 passenger airlines and five cargo carriers. The county does not maintain its own roads; state does.
The percentage for the Commonwealth is 81.5% Comparisons with neighboring counties: Prince William 88.8 % Arlington 87.8 % 93.2% of Fairfax County HS graduates attend college or other post secondary education The average SAT score in the county for the class of 2008 was 1654.
Well educated populace with 30.7% holding a Master’s Degree or higher; the US average is 8.6% In VA the percentage for those with Bachelor’s or higher is 29.5% Prince William County has 31.5% while Arlington County has 60.2% with Bachelor’s or above.
Schools of higher learning: GMU, NVCC, UVA/VA Tech, Old Dominion University tele-technet All classrooms are wired for computer connectivity. Elected School Board 53.1% of FY09 general fund disbursements go to schools Schools get 73% of their budget from the County There are over 100 private and parochial schools in the County.
The median household income in the county in 2003 was $80,800.
Poverty rate is defined by the federal government, is inclusive of the 48 contiguous states, and used for determining eligibility for such programs as Head Start, Food Stamps, National School Lunch Program. In 2000 = the income for a family of three was under $14,630 to qualify
In 2000 the total % for all ages without insurance was 8.2% The national average is 14% 3100 physicians, 950 dentists Fully accredited hospitals Five County Health Department offices 1000 community & faith-based non-profits provide services
There are 391,700 housing units in the county.
FCRHA owns 1064 units of public housing. 60% employed 19% seniors 30% disabled Average income is $14,500 - participants pay 30%.
Home to several national, state and regional parks including nation’s first bald eagle sanctuary on the Mason Neck peninsula . Merge of recreation and entertainment includes garden plots, boat docks, pools, wildlife preserves, trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use.
Police Dept begun July 1, 1940. Officers have six-month initial training at the FC Criminal Justice Academy. Uses 958 police vehicles and 2 helicopters Nearly one-third of the crimes investigated are related to domestic abuse or assault. Mission: keep safe bring lawbreakers to justice assist residents The jail (including the Work Release Center) holds nearly 1000 inmates served also by a 24/7 medical staff, social workers and chaplain. Deputies receive same initial six-month training as police officers. Fairfax Sheriff’s Office is the largest in the State.
The Urban Search & Rescue is a 70-member task force trained by US Agency for International Development. It has been deployed to Taiwan, Oklahoma City, Turkey, South and Central America, tsunami region of SE Asia, the Gulf Coast following Katrina and Rita and the Pentagon following the 9/11 terrorist attack. F&R responded to 91,936 incidents in 2008, including 740 structure fires
A new high security, state-of-the-art facility that provides efficient public safety and transportation services co-located with linkage of State Police, County Emergency Management, VDOT and County Transportation facilities.
A patron can take out 50 books at a time.
Bond ratings Standard & Poor Moodys Fitch Investors Service
Second in amount of retail square footage to Manhattan Tysons Center: 230 + stores Springfield Mall 230 + stores Fair Oaks 180 + stores Tysons Galleria 110 + stores
12 of the top 15 federal contractors by revenue are headquartered in the County. 19 companies are on Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 list. 13 of the 20 largest technology firms in the Metro DC area are located in the County.
Implications for communications
Nearly one in three jobs countywide are in knowledge-based enterprises including web systems, software, communications, data mining, system integration. Technology has been driving force behind County economic expansion Time magazine proclaimed Fairfax County &quot;one of the great economic success stories of our time.&quot; A U.S. Labor Department study called Fairfax County the private-sector jobs leader in the Washington, D.C., area. A Wall Street Journal story described Fairfax County as the center of federal government contracting. In fact, Fairfax County is the heart of the Washington area technology community. Thousands of dynamic companies, well-educated and highly skilled residents, an excellent school system and cultural amenities make this one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States.
Fairfax County Profile Named #1 managed county in the country by Governing magazine and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University 2002 5/20/08 2/16/11
Racial or Ethnic Distribution 1990 2008 Source: 1990 US Decennial Census and 2008 American Community Survey
Persons Speaking a Language Other Than English at Home (Percent of Persons Age 5 and Older) Source: 1980 and 1990 US Censuses and 2008 American Community Survey
Percent of Employed Residents Working for the Federal Government Source: 1980,1990 US Decennial Censuses; 2008 American Community Survey. 13.3%
Percent of Employed Residents that Work in Fairfax County Source: 1980, 1990 US Decennial Censuses; 2008 American Community Survey. 53.7%
Priorities of the Board of Supervisors The Board of Supervisors identified 8 priorities that enable county agencies to focus their efforts on initiatives that will result in the greatest return on investment for residents.