Fairfax is located in northern Virginiaor "Nova" and is an independent city which forms an enclavein Fairfax county. Fairfax has a rich history and it spans fromcolonial times through to the Civil War. The land which comprisesFairfax was awarded 5 million acres by King Charles and the firstconfederate soldier to die during the Civil War was killed at the OldFairfax Courthouse. The city was recently ranked #3 onForbes list of top 25 cities to live in the United States. Fairfaxhelps compose the Washington Metropolitan area but is combined withFalls Church for statistical purposes. As one of the most historic areasin the United States, there are 7 sites on the National Register ofHistoric Places. Some of these sites include the 29 Diner, Blenheim, City ofFairfax Historic District, Old Fairfax County Courthouse and OldFairfax County Jail. Even more historic sites can be found through the Virginia yellow pages. There are several annual attractions like theChocolate Lovers Festival, National Trails Day, Irish Festival andthe Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show which is thelargest hometown parade and fireworks celebration in the Washingtonmetropolitan region. Fairfax is also home to George Mason University which is the second largest university inVirginia. While Northern Virginia Community College is the secondlargest multi-campus community college in the United States and isthe largest University in Virginia. A Myriad of Businesses are headquartered or have a strong presence in Fairfax, which greatly contributed to its financial stability and high Forbes ranking. Companies like Amerigroup Corporation, Brink's Co., Capital One®, CarMax, Inc. and many more are detailed in the business directory.
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