The City of Falls Church is a unique and historic city of 2.2 square miles. Besides featuring quick access to renowned museums and art galleries in nearby Washington, D.C., almost every neighborhood is a treasure of its own. With a population of 16,000, the city is known for its urban village community, quality customer service, nationally ranked school system, environmental activism, and endless community activities. Check out our census and demographic page to see more information about our amazing citizens, or take a quick look at some of our city's landmarks!
You'll find a warm welcome in the City of Falls Church, and it is our hope that you will be an active part of the community, so shop, play, and stay for a while!
Falls Church dates back to the late 1600s as an early Colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. The community was established around The Falls Church (Episcopal) that was founded in 1734. Falls Church became a township in 1875, and an independent city in 1948, when parents successfully obtained its separation from Fairfax County in an effort to establish a highly acclaimed school system. More information about the city's storied past is available at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Local History Room.
Those wishing to get first-hand experience with our city's past can visit the Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm, a historic preservation site dedicated to educating visitors on 19th century life. You can also embark on the self-guided Victorian Walking Tour and see historical buildings from the earliest times of the city.
The City of Falls Church is host to many fun and engaging events throughout the year. Art shows, music festivals, and holiday celebrations provide entertainment for residents and visitors alike.
If you are looking for something to do while in Falls Church, we have countless options available for you. The local art scene is alive and well, whether you're looking for musical, visual, or performance art. Twelve different parks are open for you to walk, bike, and play, and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail is accessible from the city. If you're enthusiastic about food, there are over 100 restaurants and eateries from a diverse range of cultures for you to choose from. We also have a weekly Farmers Market that operates all year long, with vendors from the area selling a wide variety of products and local chefs sharing new seasonal recipes.