The REAL COST of Living in FAIRFAX, VA

Thinking about moving to Fairfax, VA? This blog breaks down the cost of living in Fairfax in Fairfax County, including some hidden expenses you might not expect.


The median sale price for single-family homes in Fairfax in February 2024 was $871,000. Townhouses offer a slightly more affordable option at $676,000 for resales. Renters can expect to pay around $3,945 for a four-bedroom single-family home.

Fairfax County boasts beautiful, mature trees (Tree City USA for over 30 years!), but keeping them healthy can be expensive. Factor in potential tree removal costs when considering your property options.


While the national average for monthly electricity bills sits at $107, expect to pay a bit more in Virginia at $124. Natural gas adds another $80 to your monthly utility costs. Don't forget trash collection! Depending on your location and service provider, this can range from $125 to $150 per quarter.


Getting around Fairfax County is a breeze with options like the Metro, the VRE (Virginia Railway Express), and E-ZPass for navigating toll roads.

Food and Groceries

The cost of groceries varies depending on your shopping habits. You should probably budget about $200 to $250 per week (family of five), but savvy shoppers can find ways to save by exploring different stores in Fairfax such as Aldi, Lidl, Trader Joe's, HMart, and Wegmans.


Fairfax County residents pay residential property taxes, personal property taxes, and sales taxes. Click on our YouTube video for how these taxes are calculated to help you estimate your total tax burden.


Be prepared for sticker shock if you need childcare in Fairfax. Watch this video for the cost of toddler care at child care centers and home-based operations, both of which can be expensive.

Hidden Cost: Childcare Activities

The cost of extracurricular activities for children can add up quickly. Factor in music lessons, sports teams, and camps when budgeting for your family.

Thinking of moving to Fairfax County? Share your budgeting tips and questions in the comments below!

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