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  • 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 "one of the great economic success stories of our time." 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.

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  • 1. 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
  • 2.
    • Fairfax County – 1,045,694
    • Alaska – 686,293
    • Delaware – 873,092
    • Montana – 967,440
    • North Dakota – 641,481
    • South Dakota – 804,194
    • Vermont – 621,270
    • Wyoming – 532,668
    2008 Population Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 3. At A Glance
    • 395 square miles (land)
    • 252,828 acres
    • average daily temperature
    • 54.2 ° F
    • average annual precipitation
    • 43 in.
    • more than 580,000 jobs
  • 4. Demographic Characteristics Sources: Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services. 30.5 % 35.9 39.7 2.70 thousands thousands thousands 1970 1980 1990 2000 2008 Population 454.3 thousands 596.9 818.6 964.7 1.04M Median Age (years) 25.2 30.1 33.1 Mean Household Size (individuals) 3.51 2.88 2.75 2.71 Percent Minority 6.8% 13.8% 24.0% 35.6%
  • 5. 5/20/08 Population Age Distribution
  • 6. Racial or Ethnic Distribution 1990 2008 Source: 1990 US Decennial Census and 2008 American Community Survey
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Percent of Employed Residents Working for the Federal Government Source: 1980,1990 US Decennial Censuses; 2008 American Community Survey. 13.3%
  • 9. Percent of Employed Residents that Work in Fairfax County Source: 1980, 1990 US Decennial Censuses; 2008 American Community Survey. 53.7%
  • 10. 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.
    • Safe Streets and Neighborhoods
    • A Quality Educational System
    • A Clean, Sustainable Environment
    • Livable, Caring and Affordable Communities
    • A Vibrant Economy
    • Efficient Transportation Network
    • Recreational and Cultural Opportunities
    • Taxes that are Affordable
  • 11.
    • Trails (includes a 41-mile cross-county trail)
    • Roads (2008: 4800 miles with over 54,400 street
    • lights)
    • Metrobus (87 routes; 2,224 bus stops)
    • Metrorail (106.3 miles long; 5 of 86 stations in county)
    • VRE
    • Amtrak
    • Fairfax Connector (202 buses)
    • FASTRAN
    • Washington Dulles International
    • Airport
    Transportation
  • 12. High School Graduates, 2008 91.4 % 84.5 % Sources: 2008 American Community Survey; U.S. Census Bureau Fairfax County U.S.
  • 13. Bachelor’s Degree or More, Age 25 and Older 2008 Source: 2008 American Community Assessment. Fairfax County U.S.
  • 14. School System
    • Largest in Virginia
    • 12th largest in the USA by enrollment
    • 3 rd largest bus fleet in nation
    • Enrollment: 2009-10 173,573
    • Full time staff 22,138
    • Operating budget $2.2 B
    • Schools and Centers
      • Elementary schools (grades K-6) 139
      • Middle schools (grades 6-8) 22
      • Secondary schools (7-12) 04
      • High schools (9-12) 21
      • Special education centers 10
      • Alternative high schools 03
      • Special Education centers 08
  • 15.
    • $42,148
    $50,069 United States Virginia 2008 Median Household Income $82,000 Sources: 2008 American Community Survey and US Census Bureau $61,044 $107,400 $52,175
  • 16. 2008 Poverty Rate Source: 2008 American Community Survey United States Virginia Fairfax County
  • 17. Medical Care Source: Demographics Report - DSMHS
    • 3,100 physicians practice in the county
    • 950 dentists
    • 1,000 community and faith-based nonprofits provide
    • services
    • Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board provides
      • Substance abuse assessment & treatment
      • Mental health assessment & treatment
      • Mental retardation services
  • 18. Distribution of Housing by Type 2008 5/20/08 Multifamily 26.1% Townhouse 25.1% Single Family 48.8% Source: 2008 American Community Survey
  • 19. Average Monthly Rent for All Units Source : 2008 Community Assessment Survey
  • 20. 5/20/08
    • 9 Indoor RECenters
    • 8 Golf courses
    • 5 Nature and Visitor Centers
    • Hundreds of athletic fields, many with artificial turf
    • Campgrounds, lakes, skate rinks, farms,
    • Home of only national park for the performing arts
    • – Wolf Trap
    • Over 4.5 million visitors each calendar year
    Park Experiences Fairfax County: 30,000 acres / 400 parks
  • 21. Police Department
    • More than 1,401 sworn police officers
    • Over 351 civilian personnel
    • First in the state to be accredited by the Virginia
    • Law Enforcement Professional Standards
    • Commission
    • Low ratio of sworn officers per population = 1.35 per
    • 1,000
    Sheriff’s Office
    • More than 500 sworn deputies
    • Largest Sheriff’s Office in Virginia
    • Founded in 1742 as the original law enforcement
    • agency in the County
    • Manages the Adult Detention Center- having
    • accreditation from American Correctional Assn
  • 22. Fire & Rescue Department
    • Founded in 1949
    • More than 1,484 uniformed staff and
    • 471 volunteers
    • Responded to 91,936 calls in FY08
    • Base of VA Task Force One –
    • specialized search and rescue team
    • dispatched to disasters worldwide
    • Total of 37 stations
      • 26 county-operated stations
      • 11 volunteer stations
  • 23. McConnell Public Safety Transportation Operations Center
  • 24. Libraries
    • More than 2.5 million books, periodicals and other items
    • More than 484,282 registered users -- almost 44% of Fairfax residents use the library
    • Over 5 million visits to library branches
    • Over 13 million loans
    • Eight regional, 14 community, as well as Access Services branches
    • Over 16,000 volunteer hours
  • 25. Budget
    • $3.3 billion (FY 2010 adopted Budget)
    • 12,065 merit employees
    • Out of 22,000 jurisdictions in the USA, we are one of
    • only 52 with three Triple A bond credit ratings
      • 22 counties
      • 23 cities
      • 9 states
    Bond Rating
  • 26. Shopping 5/20/08
    • Second only to midtown Manhattan as an East Coast shopping paradise
    • Tysons Corner Center (2.2 million retail sq. ft.)
    • Springfield Mall (1.8 million retail sq. ft.)
    • Fair Oaks Mall (1.9 million retail sq. ft.)
    • Tysons Galleria (1.1 million retail sq. ft.)
  • 27. Fairfax County has 106.3 million square feet of office space
    • Tysons Corner is home to more than 25.6 million square feet of office space.
    • That is more than any of the central business districts of
          • Cincinnati
          • Detroit
          • Charlotte
          • Phoenix
          • St Louis or
          • Indianapolis
  • 28. Business Facts
    • 25 of the 50 fastest growing companies in the DC area
    • 8 Fortune 500 companies
    • 30 of the top 50 largest technology employers in the DC area
    • 14 of the 25 largest telecommunications employers
    • 97% of companies are small businesses with fewer than 100 employees
    • 9 of the 15 largest venture capital firms
    • 6 of the 10 largest software developers in the DC area
    • 300 trade associations and professional societies
    • 360 foreign-owned firms
    • 7 companies on Black Enterprise’s top 100 black-owned firms
    • 12 companies on Hispanic Business’s 500 largest Hispanic-owned firms
  • 29. Households With Computers Source: 2008 Community Assessment Survey Fairfax County
  • 30. Internet Government without walls or clocks
    • Through the county’s Web site residents can:
    • Pay taxes
    • Reserve or renew a library book
    • Report a lost pet
    • Access county information
    • File a police or zoning complaint
    • Schedule an inspection
    • Apply for a county job
    • www.fairfaxcounty.gov
  • 31. Presented by Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs 12000 Government Center Parkway, Ste 551 Fairfax, VA 22035 Jeremy Lasich, Deputy Director 703-324-3187