West Falls Church, Virginia

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West Falls Church, Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Location of West Falls Church in Fairfax County, Virginia
Location of West Falls Church in Fairfax County, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°51′56″N 77°11′16″W / 38.86556°N 77.18778°W / 38.86556; -77.18778Coordinates: 38°51′56″N 77°11′16″W / 38.86556°N 77.18778°W / 38.86556; -77.18778
Country United States
State Virginia
County Fairfax
 • Total 5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)
 • Land 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 331 ft (101 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 29,207
 • Density 5,800/sq mi (2,200/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 51-84366[1]
GNIS feature ID 2389981[2]

West Falls Church is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 29,207 at the 2010 census. Before 2010, West Falls Church was officially named Jefferson. Outside of the Jefferson Village neighborhood, "Jefferson" generally is not used locally to refer to the area bounding Falls Church city to the south and southwest that comprises the CDP. Likewise, "West Falls Church" is rarely used to describe the area but is usually applied to areas west of Falls Church city or near West Falls Church Metro station.[3] The bulk of it is made of subdivisions built in the 1940s and early 1950s, including Jefferson Village, Westlawn, Hillwood, Sleepy Hollow, Woodley, Raymondale and Broyhill Park.


Following the American Civil War, local blacks established prosperous communities in an area then called South Falls Church, along Tinner's Hill and elsewhere. In 1887, white Falls Church residents successfully gerrymandered heavily black South Falls Church out of the town limits and shrank the area of the town by one third. It is speculated that the reason for the shrinking of the town limits was a fear of black power to swing local elections.[4] This was never reversed, and caused the boundary of the future City of Falls Church to follow South Washington Street.[5] The name South Falls Church subsequently fell out of use.

Before 2010, the West Falls Church CDP was officially named Jefferson but that name was rarely used for the area. As the CDP does not lie to the immediate west of Falls Church city, "West Falls Church" is also an uncommon designation for the area and more often refers to the area around West Falls Church station several miles away in the Idylwood CDP.[6]


West Falls Church is located at 38°51′56″N 77°11′16″W / 38.86556°N 77.18778°W / 38.86556; -77.18778 (38.8655595, -77.1876993).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.03 square miles (13.0 km²), of which, 4.99 square miles (12.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.77%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 25,432
1980 24,342 −4.3%
1990 25,782 5.9%
2000 27,422 6.4%
2010 29,207 6.5%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 27,422 people, 10,016 households, and 6,470 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,424.6 people per square mile (2,092.4/km²). There were 10,227 housing units at an average density of 2,023.1/sq mi (780.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 61.35% White, 4.54% African American, 0.34% Native American, 19.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.56% from other races, and 4.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.16% of the population.

There were 10,016 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 38.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $66,445, and the median income for a family was $72,682 (these figures had risen to $80,924 and $91,196 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[9]). Males had a median income of $42,776 versus $37,416 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,705. About 3.5% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.


General Dynamics, HITT Contracting, and Northrop Grumman have their corporate headquarters in West Falls Church.[10][11][12][13]


Fairfax County Public Schools operates public schools.

Falls Church High School is located in West Falls Church CDP.[14]

Fairfax County Public Library operates the Thomas Jefferson Library in the CDP.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Roger Wilson. "Where in the world is West Falls Church? Apparently, it's south of Falls Church." GreaterWashington.org. Retrieved 25 October 2015. ("While this term certainly is in ‘local use,’ it is not used to describe this CDP, but to describe the area around West Falls Church Metro, or the area of Falls Church City west of the intersection of Broad and Washington streets.")
  4. ^ About Tinner Hill: Civil Rights History. Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation website. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  5. ^ Bradley E. Gernand and Nan Netherton, Falls Church—A Virginia Village Revisited. Virginia Beach: The Donning Company, 2000. p. 62, citing unpublished paper by Maurice Terman, “Stepping Stones on the Trail Through Falls Church History.”
  6. ^ Roger Wilson. "What should ‘West Falls Church’ be called?" GreaterWashington.org. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2010)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  9. ^ Jefferson CDP, Virginia - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder
  10. ^ "Business Units." General Dynamics. Retrieved on September 7, 2011. "Corporate Headquarters General Dynamics 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 100; Falls Church, Virginia 22042-4513"
  11. ^ "Northrop Grumman Selects Falls Church Location for New Corporate Office (NYSE:NOC)." Northrop Grumman. July 12, 2010. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. "[...]2980 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va.[...]"
  12. ^ "Jefferson CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  13. ^ "Company Locations." Northrop Grumman. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. "Northrop Grumman Corporation 2980 Fairview Park Drive Falls Church, VA 22042"
  14. ^ a b "Jefferson CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  15. ^ "Library Branches." Fairfax County Public Library. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.