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Fairfax County, Virginia

Fairfax County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Fairfax
Year Organized: 1742
Square Miles: 396
Court House:

12000 Government Center Parkway
County Government Center
Fairfax, VA 22035-0066

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Fairfax is named for Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

Demographics:

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County History

Fairfax County, Virginia formed from Prince William and Loudoun Counties. Loudoun gave only a small portions, possibly at a later date. It appears that there were further boundary changes ongoing between 1845 and 1847. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]

Fairfax County was named for Thomas Fairfax, sixth baron Fairfax of Cameron, proprietor of the Northern Neck. It was formed from Prince William County in 1742. Its area is 410 square miles, and the county seat is Fairfax. According to the 2000 census, its population is 969,749. Original wills and deeds as well as many other loose papers were destroyed during the Civil War; deed books for twenty-six of the fifty-six years between 1763 and 1819 are missing.

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  • Fairfax County is bounded on the north and southeast by the Potomac River. Across the river to the northeast is Washington, D.C., across the river to the north is Montgomery County, Maryland, and across the river to the southeast are Prince George's County, Maryland and Charles County, Maryland. The county is partially bounded on the north and east by Arlington County and the independent cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. It is bounded on the west by Loudoun County, and on the south by Prince William County.
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