Fairfax County and City of Fairfax – 6th Best Place for a Long Life
Fairfax County along with the independent city of Fairfax was distinguished by Time’s Money in 2008 as the sixth “Best Place for a Long Life” due to a high life expectancy of 80.9 years. Fairfax County is generally considered to be one of the richest counties in the nation with its median income of over $100,000.
Several first-rate hospitals are based in Fairfax County including the Inova Health System, a nationally recognized network of hospitals, outpatient services, care facilities and healthcare centers. It serves more than a million patients each year and leads among the not-for-profit healthcare providers in Northern Virginia. In 2010, a member of Inova’s network, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital earned a Premier Award for Quality for its excellent healthcare. Fairfax County also houses the northern terminal for Amtrak’s Auto Train which specifically runs from Lorton, VA letting you take your van or car with you on the train to Sanford, Florida. This is the only rail transport in the United States offering this kind of service.
The county is home to the nation’s sole national park for the performing arts known as the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts or simply Wolf Trap regarded as the most striking amenity in the county. It brings entertainment to audiences with its theater performances, pop music, dance and opera staging in multiple park venues all year round right in Fairfax County.