Great Falls, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Great Falls, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Great Falls Census Designated Place had a population of 15,929 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Great Falls is located at latitude 39.0124 and longitude -77.302 in Fairfax County. The formal boundaries for the Great Falls Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 25.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Fairfax County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 344 feet.

The Great Falls Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389867) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Great Falls population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Great Falls: Forestville.

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Great Falls, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,929
Population in Households 15,929
Population in Familes 14,989
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 628
Diversity Index2 44


Total Households 5,145
Average Household Size 3.1
Family Households 4,591
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,347 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,810 (90.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 335 ( 6.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 202 ( 3.8%)
Median Home Value $1,000,001
Average Home Value $1,022,635


Median Household Income $200,001
Average Household Income $283,294
Per Capita Income $91,581
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.51% 0.63%
Households 0.53% 0.63%
Families 0.54% 0.61%
Median Household Income   0.0%
Per Capita Income   1.26%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Great Falls, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Great Falls to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 83 86th
Population Density1 # 335 44th
Diversity Index2 # 309 48th
Median Household Income # 1 100th
Per Capita Income # 1 100th

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