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About Falls Church
A quiet city with strong retail corridors and leafy streets, Falls Church is a popular home for families, young couples and singles alike. Located just 10 miles from the nation's capital, it's conveniently connected to Washington, D.C., by highway and transit networks that make commuting easy. The city is best known for its top-ranked schools, urban village feel and large variety of community-focused activities.
The History of Falls Church
Before European settlers arrived in the area where Falls Church now stands, it was part of the Iroquois Confederacy territory. After Captain John Smith explored the area, the English began sending over colonists to establish settlements on the land. Europeans first settled this community, built around The Falls Church Episcopal, in the late 17th century.
The area witnessed many important people and events of the American Revolution, and The Falls Church Episcopal even hosted a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The community became a township in 1875, and Falls Church was incorporated as an independent city in 1948.
Jobs in Falls Church
The largest employers in Falls Church are in the education, government, health care and retail sectors. The city's largest employer is Falls Church City Public Schools, while the city of Falls Church follows close behind. Health care organizations Kaiser Permanente and BG Healthcare Services also employ hundreds of professionals in the area.
These industries are good places to start your job search. If you don't find anything to your liking in the city, you can always easily commute to Washington, D.C., to access a much larger job market.
Falls Church Schools
Falls Church students attend Falls Church City Public Schools, which includes preschools and elementary, middle and high schools in the area. Though most students live in the city, some who live outside the city limits may also be eligible to attend Falls Church City Public Schools on a tuition basis. Your child can also apply to attend the Fairfax County magnet school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. You'll also find a few parochial schools in the area.
Resources for Moving to Falls Church
Here are some useful resources to help you plan your move to Falls Church:
- Utilities: Major utilities providers in Falls Church include Fairfax Water, Dominion Virginia Power and Washington Gas.
- Garbage and Recycling: The city facilitates trash, recycling and compost services. Your collection schedule depends on your home's specific location in the city.
- Transportation: The Washington Metro Transit Authority operates a network of bus and rail routes throughout the area. The city provides transit resources for seniors and disabled citizens.
Parking and Permits: Many streets in Falls Church require residential parking permits. There are also a few streets that require drive-through permits.
Pets: All dogs older than four months must be licensed and up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. Cats must also be vaccinated. You have 30 days from your move date to complete the licensing process.
- Moving Day: Requesting a parking space reservation for your moving truck is recommended, because otherwise you may not be able to find an open parking spot near your new home. You can complete the process on the city's website and should apply at least two weeks ahead of time.
Falls Church Housing
Neighborhoods in Falls Church offer a balance of quiet residential areas and bustling city streets. If you're seeking easy access to the city's many amenities, as well as to northern Virginia and Washington, look for homes along the main roads — Broad Street and South Washington Street. Prices are fairly high in Falls Church, but that's to be expected in the D.C. metro area.