Part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan area, Falls Church is located just six miles outside of Washington, D.C. With a population of just over 14,000 people, Falls Church is a great town for people who work in the D.C. area. In addition to an excellent location, Falls Church has excellent schools, a low crime rate, and according to the most recent census, has the lowest poverty rate in the country.
As an independent city, Falls Church is not located in a county and has its own school district, Falls Church City Public Schools. Mount Daniel Elementary is the assigned school for children in kindergarten and first grade, with Thomas Jefferson Elementary assigned to second through fifth grade. Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School is rated a nine on the GreatSchools website and does an excellent job preparing students to attend George Mason High School.
George Mason has been rated in the top one percent by U.S. News & World Report, and has been ranked #15 on the Washington Post Challenge Index for the DC metro area. Over 80 percent of George Mason students go on to attend a four-year college or university. George Mason's athletic department is also top-notch, and they were recognized by Sports Illustrated as having Virginia's top athletic program in 2009.
Located just six miles from Washington, D.C., it's easy to enjoy all the capital has to offer and still enjoy small-town living. Falls Church has 12 lovely city parks, several historic buildings, a year-round farmer's market, and excellent dining options. The Eden Center, the largest Vietnamese shopping center on the east coast has over 120 stores, making it a popular draw in the area. The State Theater is a lovely building built in 1936 where live events are held.
With a population on the rise, Falls Church continues to be popular for commuters in the D.C. metro area and real estate trends reflect that. Houses are selling quickly and their values continue to appreciate. Now is a great time to make Falls Church your home!