Location of McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia
Boundaries of the McLean CDP as of 2003
|• Total||24.88 sq mi (64.4 km2)|
|• Land||24.79 sq mi (64.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)|
|Elevation||285 ft (87 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||48,051|
|• Density||1,900/sq mi (750/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||22101–22103, 22106|
|Area code(s)||571, 703|
|GNIS feature ID||1495919|
McLean (// mə-KLAYN) is an affluent, unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The community had a total population of 48,115 as of the 2010 census. ZIP code 22102 in McLean is the most expensive ZIP code in the Washington metropolitan area.
McLean is home to many diplomats, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials partially due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is the location of Hickory Hill, the former home of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. It is also the location of Salona, the former home of Light-Horse Harry Lee, the Revolutionary War hero.
Located between the George Washington Parkway and the town of Vienna, the area is known for its many upscale homes, as well as for its high-end shopping, such as at the nearby Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.
The community received its name, McLean, from John Roll McLean, the former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, who, with Stephen Benton Elkins and French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard, built in 1906 the electrified Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway (later the Washington and Old Dominion Railway), which connected the area with Washington, D.C. McLean named a railroad station costing $1,500, of which $500 was raised locally, after himself where the rail line (traveling on the present route of Old Dominion Drive) crossed the old Chain Bridge Road. The community itself was founded in 1910, when the communities of Lewinsville and Langley merged.
McLean is located at  Located on the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) in Northern Virginia, central McLean is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of downtown Washington, D.C. and 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Fairfax, the county seat.(38.9342776, -77.1774801) at an elevation of 285 feet (87 m).
The community lies in the Piedmont upland on the west bank of the Potomac River. The river forms the community's northern and eastern borders, and a number of its smaller tributaries flow north and northeast through the CDP. From west to east, these include Bull Neck Run, Scott Run, Dead Run, Turkey Run, and Pimmit Run.
As a suburb of Washington, D.C., McLean is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the larger Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. The CDP includes the unincorporated areas of Langley, Lewinsville, and West McLean, and it borders several other Washington suburbs including: Potomac and Cabin John, Maryland to the north; Brookmont, Maryland to the northeast; Arlington to the southeast; Falls Church to the south; Idylwood, Pimmit Hills, and Tysons Corner to the southwest; Wolf Trap to the west; and Great Falls to the northwest.
|* U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 census, there were 48,115 people, 17,063 households, and 13,453 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,940.9 people per square mile (749.4/km²). There were 17,756 housing units at an average density of 716.3 per square mile (276.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.3% White, 14.9% Asian, 1.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 4.9% of the population.
There were 17,063 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. Of all households, 18.0% were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80, and the average family size was 3.17.
The median age was 45.1 years. 26.9% of the population was under the age of 18, 4.3% was 18 to 24, 18.6% was 25 to 44, 33.2% was 45 to 64, and 17.0% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the community was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $164,888, and the median income for a family was $194,832. Males had a median income of $132,714 versus $87,663 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $87,073. About 1.3% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under the age of 18 and 3.2% of those 65 and older.
Mars, Geebo, and ServInt are among the companies based in McLean. Many businesses in neighboring Tysons Corner, particularly those east of Leesburg Pike (VA Route 7) have a McLean mailing address, because the US Postal Service boundary for West McLean (zip code 22102) generally follows Leesburg Pike.
As of 2012, 61.6% of the population over the age of 16 was in the labor force. 0.4% was in the armed forces, and 61.2% was in the civilian labor force with 58.4% employed and 2.9% unemployed. The occupational composition of the employed civilian labor force was: 73.2% in management, business, science, and arts; 17.9% in sales and office occupations; 5.5% in service occupations; 2.0% in natural resources, construction, and maintenance; 1.4% in production, transportation, and material moving. The three industries employing the largest percentages of the working civilian labor force were: professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (27.8%); educational services, health care, and social assistance (17.7%); and public administration (16.6%).
The cost of living in McLean is very high; compared to a U.S. average of 100, the cost of living index for the community is 142.6. As of 2012, the median home value in the community was $908,000, the median selected monthly owner cost was $3,803 for housing units with a mortgage and $1,000+ for those without, and the median gross rent was $2,000+.
Government and infrastructure
The headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency are located in the Langley area of McLean and the headquarters of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is also located in McLean. The Department of Transportation's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center is also located down the street from the CIA headquarters.
Primary and secondary schools
McLean residents are zoned to schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
FCPS public elementary schools within the CDP include Chesterbrook; Churchill Road; Haycock; Kent Gardens; Franklin Sherman, and Spring Hill,. FCPS public middle schools within the CDP include James Fenimore Cooper Middle School and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Middle School. FCPS public high schools within the CDP include Langley High School and McLean High School.
Several private schools, ranging from pre-school to 12th grade, are located in McLean, including The Langley School, The Madeira School; The Potomac School; Oakcrest School; Saint Luke School; Saint John School; Brooksfield Montessori,; The Montessori School of McLean and the Country Day School.
The Capital Beltway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Interstate 66, Dulles Access Road, Dolley Madison Boulevard/Chain Bridge Road, Georgetown Pike, and Old Dominion Drive all run through McLean. McLean Station on the Washington Metro Silver Line is scheduled to open in 2014, two miles west of the village near Tysons Corner.
Parks and recreation
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- Mary Schmidt Amons, cast member on Bravo's The Real Housewives of DC
- Arnold W. Braswell, retired lieutenant general of the United States Air Force
- Pat Buchanan, political analyst.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter
- Frank Carlucci, former Secretary of Defense, former chairman of the Carlyle Group
- Steve Case, co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online
- Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States
- Lynne Cheney, former Second Lady of the United States
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- Frank Keating, former Governor of Oklahoma
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- Bill Kristol, political analyst
- Jim Kimsey, co-founder, CEO, and first chairman of America Online
- Senator Patrick Leahy
- Alex Ovechkin, Captain of the Washington Capitals
- I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, lawyer, and former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (2001–2005)
- Fred Malek, former assistant to United States presidents George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon
- Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee
- Stu Shea, COO of Leidos and founder and chairman of United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
- John E. Sununu, former United States Senator from New Hampshire
- Don Nickles, former Republican Senator from Oklahoma
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- Richard Darman, senior Carlyle Group affiliate
- Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award-winning children's author
- Ethel Kennedy
- Ted Kennedy, senior United States Senator from Massachusetts
- Queen Noor of Jordan
- Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States
- Michael S. Lee, junior United States Senator from Utah
- Amha Selassie, last Emperor of Ethiopia
- Gore Vidal, author and political activist
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