Fairfax has the 1302nd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 6.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Fairfax is part of the Washington DC metro area. Unemployment in the Washington DC area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Washington DC has the 6th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Fairfax is above average at $66,790, and the median cost of a home in Fairfax is $462,800, which is above the national average. 53% of workers in Fairfax hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 91% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Fairfax. 69% of Fairfax workers drive to work alone, 11% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Fairfax spend an average of 31 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.