Falls Church Neighborhood Overview
Falls Church, officially the City of Falls Church, is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,332. Falls Church is included in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Taking its name from The Falls Church, an 18th-century Anglican parish, Falls Church gained township status within Fairfax County in 1875. In 1948, it was incorporated as the City of Falls Church, an independent city with county-level governance status. It is also referred to as Falls Church City.
The city’s corporate boundaries do not include all of the area historically known as Falls Church; these areas include portions of Seven Corners and other portions of the current Falls Church postal districts of Fairfax County, as well as the area of Arlington County known as East Falls Church, which was part of the town of Falls Church from 1875 to 1936. For statistical purposes, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Falls Church with Fairfax City and Fairfax County.
In 1948, Falls Church became an independent city, according to the City’s website, “to establish a highly acclaimed school system.” Today, the city is served by Falls Church City Public Schools:
- Mount Daniel Elementary School, which includes pre-school, kindergarten and first grade.
- Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, which includes grades 2 – 5.
- Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, which includes grades 6 – 8.
- George Mason High School, which includes grades 9 – 12.
Of these four Falls Church City Public Schools, only one, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, is located within city limits; the other three are located in neighboring Fairfax County. Falls Church High School is not part of the Falls Church City Public School system, but rather the Fairfax County Public School system; it does not serve the city of Falls Church.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States. n 2011, Falls Church was named the richest county in the United States with median annual household income of $113,313.While Fortune 500 companies Computer Sciences Corporation, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman have headquarters addressed in Falls Church, they are physically in Fairfax County.
(courtesy of Wikipedia)
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