Situated in Northern Virginia, Fairfax is another city on this list within close proximity to the Alexandria and Washington, DC area. However, it is still a little further from the hub that is Washington, DC, directly resulting in a lower cost of living compared to other cities on this list nearby. However, it certainly is not an inexpensive place to live with the cost of living being significantly higher than most other cities in the United States. However, the easy commute via mass transportation allows families the flexibility to live outside of the hustle and bustle of the city while still retaining great jobs, a higher median income and more space. Fairfax is the home to George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public college. It has an abundant number of restaurants and local attractions. Fairfax also has a strong public school system and a large public library called the Fairfax Regional Library.
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