The City of Falls Church is a unique and historic city. Besides featuring quick access to renowned museums and art galleries, almost every neighborhood is a treasure of its own including a variety of restaurants and shops that reflect the City's great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Falls Church is small in area (2.2 square miles) and population (10,377 in Census 2000), but its heritage dates back to the 1600s. The Falls Church community was an early colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. The community grew up around The Falls Church, which was founded in 1734 and whose congregation has included President George Washington and Virginia statesman George Mason. Falls Church became a township in 1875 and an independent city in 1948, when parents successfully obtained its separation from Fairfax County in an effort to establish a highly acclaimed school system.
The City of Falls Church is one of the two geographically smallest cities in Virginia. The City is conveniently situated a mere six miles from Washington, D.C. and is bordered by Arlington and Fairfax counties. Named an All-America City in 1962, Falls Church City has also earned the Tree City USA award for 26 years from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Recognizing the importance of open space and environmental preservation, the City offers and maintains 11 parks within its 2.2 square mile borders.
For fiscal year 2004-2005, approximately 57 percent of every city tax dollar is allocated to the schools. About 46 percent of total revenues go to schools. The City provides 80 percent of the schools funding. For the past five years, George Mason High School has been named the most challenging public high school in the Washington, D.C. area by The Washington Post. It was the first Virginia school to offer the challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, which offers students the possibility of earning college credit while still in high school. Newsweek magazine (May 16, 2005) rates George Mason High School among the top 25 high schools in the nation.
Out of the entire Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Falls Church City has the highest percentage (63.7 percent) of residents with a bachelorís degree or higher based on Census 2000 data. The median family income is $97,224 and per capita income is $41,051 as of the 2000 Census.
The City has a mix of single-family homes and multi-family units. Overall, assessments for residential properties rose about 25 percent January 1, 2004.