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 15,907 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Great Falls: Forestville.

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Great Falls, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 15,907
Daytime Population: Workers 3,663
Daytime Population: Residents 8,535
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 12,198
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.77
Population in Households 15,907
Population in Familes 14,956
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 627
Diversity Index3 44


Median Household Income $200,001
Average Household Income $291,331
Per Capita Income $93,979


Total Housing Units 5,334 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,773 (89.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 354 ( 6.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 207 ( 3.9%)
Median Home Value $1,000,001
Average Home Value $1,031,648


Total Households 5,127
Average Household Size 3.1
Family Households 4,573
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.42% 0.55%
Households 0.41% 0.52%
Families 0.41% 0.5%
Median Household Income   0.0%
Per Capita Income   1.25%

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, 2017 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 Density # 336 44th
Diversity Index # 311 48th
Median Household Income # 4 100th
Per Capita Income # 1 100th

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