Welcome to the beautiful area of Vienna! As of the latest US census, around 68,070 call this area home and around 81% are homeowners. With an average age of 40, the residents of Vienna are well established, with many growing families of all ages. However, during weekends and holidays, you can see a lot more activity and excitement. Over the recent months roughly 362 homes have been sold with an average sold price of $1,137,066. That is an increase of $6,441 from the previous period.
The Ultimate Guide to Moving To Vienna, Northern Virginia
The Town of Vienna has a rich history that dates back to the 1700s when it was known as Ayr Hill, a rural farming community. Fast forward to today, and Vienna has evolved into a thriving suburb with a charming small-town character. You can still catch glimpses of its fascinating history, like the Civil War-era Freeman Store and Museum and the 19th-century Little Library, one of the last of its kind in the country. But hey, you’re here to learn about the town and not attend history class, so let’s give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live here.
Now, here’s the beauty of Vienna – you get to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere while being close to the bustling Washington metropolitan area.
Living in Vienna means you’re just a stone’s throw away from employment hotspots like Washington, D.C., which is a mere 17 miles away. Commuting is a breeze with a network of major roads that surround the area, and while the locals get around by driving, you can always take commuter buses or go slugging.
The town boasts a green and scenic environment, a trademark of Fairfax County. You’ll find parks dotted all over the place, like the famous Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, famous for its cherry blossoms, and the one-of-a-kind Wolf Trap National Park, the only park in the country dedicated to performing arts. How cool is that?
Oh, and let’s not forget the creature comforts. Vienna has a fantastic array of businesses for all your shopping and dining needs. From the centrally located Vienna Shopping Center to the upscale shopping paradise of the nearby Tysons area, you’re in for a treat. Maple Avenue alone is a bustling hub with grocery stores, banks, and healthcare facilities galore. Right next door is the quieter Church Street, where you’ll find Vienna’s cozy local businesses and renowned restaurants like the iconic Bazin’s on Church. This is a great place to rub shoulders with the locals and experience the town’s tight-knit community spirit.
With a family-friendly environment, Vienna also gets families from elsewhere to flock to town. When it comes to education, the schools here are top-notch, ranking in the top 5% of public schools in Virginia. Private and government childcare services are also available, including School Age Child Care programs in public schools, courtesy of Fairfax County.
Alright, let’s get real for a moment. While Vienna has so much to offer, there’s more to consider before you pack your bags and head this way. First, there’s the competitive housing market. $1,200,000, while Fairfax County’s median is about $775,000. Keep in mind that you’ll also be paying real estate tax to both the town and the county, amounting to $1.3475 per $100 of assessed value. The cost of living in Vienna is 78% higher than the national average, which isn’t surprising given the median household income of $200,938, well above the U.S. median of $70,784.
While there’s a lot to unpack here, don’t worry. As someone who moved to Fairfax County a decade ago, I understand moving can be tedious and overwhelming, especially if you’re still in the research phase. So we’re here to make that easier for you!
We’ve done the legwork for you, gathering all the essential information you need to make an informed decision about moving to Vienna so you don’t have to. At AskAWalker, we’re your one-stop shop for everything in Vienna. We’ve even got a custom map of Vienna, so you can visualize all the interesting places we’ll be discussing. And hey, if reading isn’t your thing, head over to our YouTube channel, where we’ve got videos that break down all the juicy details in a more digestible format.
Alright, no more delays. Let’s dive into what it’s really like to live in Vienna.
Vienna has a major edge when it comes to accessibility. It’s the perfect place to live if you want the best of both worlds! On one hand, you’ve got all the perks of living in the heart of Northern Virginia: convenience galore, a boatload of amenities, and a variety of employment opportunities. Vienna’s prime location puts you right in the thick of the action and all the excitement.
When you’re done soaking up the vibrant energy of those nearby big cities, you can retreat to Vienna when you go home as the town sweeps you away from the constant hustle and bustle. It’s like stepping into a peaceful sanctuary, a haven where you can unwind, relax, and recharge as you embrace the laid-back atmosphere that Vienna is known for.
When it comes to location, Vienna is all about striking that balance. Despite its small-town feel, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant hotspots of Northern Virginia.
First up, you’ve got Washington, D.C., and Fort Belvoir, both a mere 17 miles away. Shopaholics can rejoice too, as Tysons Corner the ultimate shopping district in Virginia, is just a quick 2.5 miles away from Vienna.
Let’s say you need a vacation to take a break from your daily grind, Vienna has you covered. Here, you have easy access to several airports. Dulles International Airport is a short 14-mile drive, while Ronald Reagan National Airport is just 18 miles away. With these two airports at your disposal, hopping on a plane for both domestic and international adventures is a breeze.
While these airports are certainly convenient, they won’t dominate your everyday life in Vienna. We’re here to focus on Vienna’s overall accessibility for your day-to-day needs.
Vienna is surrounded by a top-notch network of major highways that seamlessly connect it to other parts of Northern Virginia. Right outside the town center, you’ll find notable routes like Interstate 66 to the south and Interstate 495 to the east. State Route 267 (Dulles Access Road), cuts through the northern part of Vienna, linking up with the Fairfax County Parkway near Reston. While Route 7 sits at the northern part of Vienna and Hunter Mill Road is to the town’s west, right where Oakton lies. Translation: Getting in and out of Vienna is as smooth as butter whenever you need to. See for yourself below!
With Vienna’s prime location and easy access to major highways, you’ll be able to navigate the town and explore the wonders of Northern Virginia with ease. Though you’ve got traffic to think about, as Northern Virginia is notorious for this. But we’ll cover that in a later section.
Now that you’re familiar with the vicinity, let’s dive into Vienna’s own boundaries. It’s worth noting that Vienna is divided into two parts: the Town of Vienna and the larger Greater Vienna area. We’ll start by having a look at the town’s borders.
Above is a map of the town area, encompassing the whole stretch of Maple Avenue. Vienna is much bigger than this though, as you’ll see below.
As you can see, its boundaries spill over some nearby areas, such as Tysons and Merrifield. The entire Vienna area is made up of the following four zip codes:
22027 – Vienna’s Dunn Loring Woods area, which is also the boundary to Idylwood.
22180 – This zipcode contains the entire Vienna town area, further stretching south to some parts of Merrifield.
22181 – The westernmost part of Vienna, sitting at the boundary to Oakton. This zip code starts where Maple Avenue West turns into Chain Bridge Road.
22182 – The northernmost and largest part of Vienna, which overlaps at some parts with Tysons.
Being familiar with the zip codes in Vienna is essential for making informed decisions about where to live. Your address can determine factors such as whether you’re subject to town taxes, which schools serve your neighborhood, and much more. Now let’s explore one of these first, as in the next section, we’ll talk about the popular communities in the area and important details you need to know about them.
Vienna boasts picturesque neighborhoods both within the town and in the greater Vienna area. In this article, though, we’re about to dive into the crème de la crème, some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the area.
It’s worth noting that all these neighborhoods, except for Wolf Trap Woods, sit between Interstate 66 and Maple Avenue. Each of these neighborhoods has its unique charm, and we can’t wait to delve deeper into what makes them special. Before we do, let’s take a step back and explore the neighborhoods in Vienna as a whole.
Vienna may be a small town, but let me tell you, the folks living in these neighborhoods are among the wealthiest in the nation. A good chunk of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, so we’re talking about a highly educated bunch. High-ranking executives, government officials, and professionals have chosen Vienna as their playground.
So it doesn’t come as a surprise residents here weren’t deterred by the fact that Vienna’s housing is 220.9% higher than the national average, and the price tags of homes here easily reach the million-dollar mark.
Now, here’s a fun fact for you. Homeowners associations, commonly known as HOAs, are not the norm in Vienna. In some neighborhoods, you won’t find any associations at all. Others, well, they like to keep things interesting. They opt for voluntary associations known as civic or community associations.
The key difference here is that HOAs are mandatory, meaning you have to pay those membership fees. With voluntary associations, it’s all about freedom. You get to choose whether or not to participate, including the associated fees. Now, that’s what I call having options!
Now, let’s go on a deep dive into a selection of Vienna’s sought-after neighborhoods. We’ll focus on what it’s really like to live in these amazing communities.
Close to Maple Avenue and Interstate 66
Surrounded by schools, parks, and recreational areas
Homes here are some of the most expensive options in Vienna
Traffic congestion during peak hours on nearby major roads
First on the list is Vienna Woods, the neighborhood that’s got it all. With its location within the 22180 zip code, you’ll have a prime location if you choose to move in here.
Being just minutes away from the heart of Vienna, you won’t find a more enviable spot. We’re talking about borders that stretch from Kingsley Road SW to the northwest, Park Street SE to the northeast, Nutley Street to the west, Cedar Lane to the southeast, and Interstate 66 to the south. It’s like having all of the town’s conveniences at your doorstep.
Before we go further, let’s dive into a little history, shall we? Vienna Woods dates back to the swinging ’60s. It was developed by none other than the locally affluent George C. Yeonas. He and his sons founded the Yeonas Development Corporation, and they were the masterminds behind thousands of homes in Northern Virginia. Around 2,000 of those residences are right here in Vienna Woods.
Today, their legacy lives on in the neighborhood as you’ll find many streets here named after the Yeonas family members. It’s like walking through history every day!
Now, let’s talk about homes. Vienna Woods offers a variety of options, from midsized gems with three or four bedrooms to larger beauties with four or more bedrooms. Here you’ll find various architectural styles that’ll suit every preference, from ramblers to colonial to contemporary.
The competition is fierce here though. With its proximity to Maple Avenue, everyone’s got their eye on this neighborhood. The median sale price of homes here is $1,429,100, with a rate of $450 per square foot. To the residents here, it’s a small price to pay for the slice of paradise you’ll call home.
Speaking of residents, Vienna Woods is all about community. While there’s no HOA here, the neighborhood is well-maintained. This reflects the attitude of its residents, where everyone cherishes the neighborhood, takes pride in it, and even the people within it. You may see this as a bonus though, as you won’t be dealing with paying HOA fees!
While living here means that you won’t find the typical amenities that an HOA offers, you’ll have the town’s array of amenities at your fingertips, a big perk as Vienna Woods is close to downtown.
Vienna Woods is nestled between Maple Avenue and Interstate 66, giving you easy access to all the action. Whether you’re looking to explore the town’s array of amenities or zip off to Washington, D.C., this neighborhood has got you covered. And hey, if you prefer public transportation, you’re in luck. Vienna Metro Station is a mere 2.2 miles away, offering convenient bus and carpooling options. Though let’s be honest, most folks here choose to commute by car. It’s just the way of Vienna Woods!
Alright, now that you’re familiar with the lay of the land, get ready to dive deeper into Vienna Woods’ immediate vicinity. We’ve got a custom map just for you, highlighting all the places we’re about to discuss!
As you can see, Vienna Woods is surrounded by a variety of nearby parks to serve as your sports and recreation paradise, such as Meadow Lane Park, George C. Yeonas Park, where the Vienna Little League plays baseball, Cunningham Park, and the largest of them all, Nottoway Park.
We’re not stopping there as Vienna Woods has more spots for sport and recreation right in its backyard. Stay fit, have fun, and mingle with the community at the Vienna Aquatic Club, Alec’s House, SyteraYoga, VYI Lacrosse, which participates in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL), and lastly, the Vienna Woods Swim & Tennis Club. The Vienna Community Center is easily accessible from Vienna Woods too and serves the community with drop-in activities, workshops, fitness classes, and many more, so there’s something for everyone here!
Now, let’s talk about the kids. If you have little ones running around, you’ll appreciate Vienna Woods’s proximity to schools and daycare centers.
You’ve got a mix of private and public schools nearby, so you can choose what’s best for your family. Depending on where you call home, your kids can attend Cunningham Park Elementary School, which feeds into Thoreau Middle School, Madison High School, and Marshall High School, or Marshall Road Elementary School, which also feeds into Thoreau Middle School and Madison High, in addition to Jackson Middle School and Oakton High School.
And let’s not forget about convenience. Vienna Woods has got it in spades. Need to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat? Maple Avenue is just a quick 5-minute drive away, while Tysons Corner Center is only an 8-minute drive. Both are buzzing with stores, restaurants, and all the essentials you need. And with easy access to transportation routes, getting around town is a breeze. Vienna Woods truly has it all.
While Vienna Woods may be a strong contender, if you want to be even closer to the heart of Vienna, we’ve got just the neighborhood for you coming up next.
West Vienna Woods
Short distance to downtown Vienna, which offers a range of shops and restaurants
All other points of interest in Vienna are a few minutes away
Close to schools, parks, and recreational areas
Offers larger homes than those in Vienna Woods
Limited parking is available in some parts, especially those closer to the downtown area
Certain areas have increased traffic noise due to the proximity to Maple Avenue
Due to its high desirability, housing prices here are higher compared to other neighborhoods on the list
As Vienna Woods’ northern neighbor, West Vienna Woods shares the same 22180 zip code and boasts a prime location. To help you get your bearings, West Vienna Woods is bordered by Kingsley Road SW to the south (which also serves as the northern border of Vienna Woods), Park Street SE to the east, Nutley Street to the west, and the lively Maple Avenue to the north.
When it comes to housing, West Vienna Woods offers a similar style to its neighboring Vienna Woods. You’ll find a mix of midsize and large homes, typically with three bedrooms or more, situated on generous lots surrounded by trees. The prices of homes in West Vienna Woods are comparable to those in Vienna Woods, though this neighborhood tends to offer more options for larger homes with four or more additional bedrooms. It’s a neighborhood that exudes a sense of stability and community, as the majority of homes here are owner-occupied.
Just like Vienna Woods, West Vienna Woods doesn’t have a homeowners association (HOA). However, you’ll find that the neighborhood is polished and reflects the pride of its residents. You won’t have to worry about HOA fees, and you’ll still enjoy all the amenities that the town of Vienna has to offer.
In West Vienna Woods, you’ll still be nestled between Interstate 66 and Maple Avenue. Here’s the big perk though: West Vienna Woods puts you closer to the town’s lively business hub, and you’ll be within a short walking distance of downtown. Convenience at its finest!
To help you appreciate the neighborhood and its surroundings, take a look at our custom map of West Vienna Woods. Take note that the screenshot below only shows a portion of the complete map.
West Vienna Woods truly offers a convenient and vibrant lifestyle with its abundance of amenities, making it a desirable neighborhood for everyone, no matter their interests. Let’s delve deeper into what this neighborhood has to offer.
If you’re a big foodie, this is the place to call home. The strip of restaurants of Maple Avenue allows you to taste cuisines from around the world whenever you want to, whether you’re craving Peruvian, Asian, or Italian dishes. And if shopping is how you unwind, on the same street, you’ll find Vienna Shopping Center for your retail therapy needs.
Your everyday needs are easily met here in West Vienna Woods too. Various grocery stores, such as Whole Foods Market, are nearby. Banking services, including Capital One and Bank of America, are also aplenty. There’s a range of other services on Maple Avenue too, from hair and nail salons to pet care shops.
Another highlight of living here is West Vienna Woods’ proximity to numerous healthcare facilities. From dentists and orthodontists to chiropractic care and outpatient services, you’ll have easy access to a comprehensive range of healthcare options.
But there’s more to West Vienna Woods than Maple Avenue.
Beyond the business hub, nature and recreation enthusiasts will appreciate the neighborhood’s proximity to several parks. Waters and Caffi Fields, situated nearby, provide public sports facilities and are adjacent to the Washington and Old Dominion Trail and the Vienna Community Center. The community center offers a wide range of activities, workshops, and fitness classes. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy the nearby Westwood Country Club and Cardinal Hill Swim and Racquet Club. And if you’re in personal training, Personal Edge is conveniently located within the neighborhood.
Another notable feature of West Vienna Woods is its proximity to Town Green, a central gathering place in Vienna. This vibrant public space hosts various annual events, including Oktoberfest and Chillin’ on Church, offering a sense of community and entertainment.
Families residing in West Vienna Woods benefit from the great public schools in the area. Cunningham Park Elementary School feeds into Thoreau Middle School, Madison High School, and Marshall High School. Alternatively, Marshall Road Elementary School also feeds into Thoreau Middle, Madison High, with the addition of Jackson Middle School, and Oakton High School.
All these considered, West Vienna Woods offers a desirable lifestyle with its proximity to a wide range of amenities, dining options, shopping opportunities, recreational facilities, and great schools. If you seek a neighborhood that provides easy access to various comforts and a vibrant downtown atmosphere, West Vienna Woods is an ideal place to call home.
Dunn Loring Woods
Surrounded by parks, schools, and recreational areas
The nearest neighborhood (on this list) to Interstate 66
Convenient commute options as it’s close to both Vienna Metro and Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station
Has a civic association
Close to Mosaic District in Fairfax
A little further away from Maple Avenue
Its location puts you a bit further from your creature comforts
This neighborhood is car-dependent
Traffic congestion during peak hours as it’s close to major roads
Dunn Loring Woods, a bit farther from downtown, is the place to be if you crave a serene environment with easy access to major transportation routes. This neighborhood mainly falls under the 22180 zip code, while some areas overlap with Vienna’s 22027 area. You’ll find its boundaries marked by Cedar Lane, Gallows Road, and Interstate 66.
With Interstate 66 close by, Dunn Loring Woods is a dream come true if you work in the D.C. metropolitan area. Although folks here commute by car, there’s also a good number who hop on public transportation. Thanks to the nearby Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro Station just across the Interstate, public transportation is a breeze.
Like Vienna Woods, Dunn Loring Woods was developed by the Yeonas Development Corporation back in 1961. This well-established neighborhood quickly formed a close-knit community. In the following year, the Dunn Loring Woods Civic Association was founded, formed by residents who took the initiative to contribute to the development of the neighborhood over the years. While there’s no mandatory homeowners association here, this civic association continues to foster engagement and unity within the community to this day.
As for the homes in Dunn Loring Woods, they mostly consist of single-family houses. You’ll find a range of sizes, from cozy midsize dwellings with three to four bedrooms to larger homes with four or more bedrooms. Plus, the yards are wonderfully spacious, giving you ample room to stretcg.
Architectural styles vary, offering a delightful mix of raised ranch, colonial, craftsman, and contemporary designs. You’ll be amazed to find luxury homes standing side by side with charming smaller houses on a single street. And if you’ve found one to call home here, you’d need a good budget as the median sales price here hovers around $785,000, with an average cost of $385 per square foot.
Don’t be fooled by the more secluded area of Dunn Loring Woods as it’s packed with recreational opportunities! Just take a peek at our custom map, and you’ll see that excitement is never far away. Whether you’re into parks, nature trails, or other outdoor adventures, you’ll have tons of options to explore and enjoy.
Dunn Loring Woods knows how to keep residents entertained with an array of recreational amenities and nearby parks that add a touch of excitement to everyday life.
One popular spot for summer fun is the Dunn Loring Swim Club. This place is a favorite among residents, boasting multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, and a playground. It’s the perfect destination for outdoor enjoyment and relaxation. And if that’s not enough, you’ll find several parks just a stone’s throw away.
On the west side of the neighborhood, you’ll discover Dunn Loring Park. It’s a hub of activity with basketball and tennis courts, as well as a playground for the little ones. For those who enjoy jogging or biking, the famous Washington & Old Dominion Trail is located nearby, offering a scenic route to get your heart pumping. George C. Yeonas Park sits on the southwest end of the neighborhood, while Tysons Woods Park is situated to the north, ensuring residents enjoy green spaces nearby.
Education is a top priority for families in Dunn Loring Woods, with great options for both public and private schools. Stenwood Elementary School serves the neighborhood, providing a solid foundation for students who go on to attend Thoreau Middle School, Kilmer Middle School, and Marshall High School. And for parents with little ones, daycare centers like Infants & Toddler’s World are conveniently nearby. You’ll even find educational services at the Best Brains Learning Center, for additional help and support in your children’s academic development.
It’s not all about green oases here, as living in Dunn Loring Woods means being just 2.7 miles away from Maple Avenue. As mentioned in the West Vienna Woods section, this lively hub offers a wide range of establishments to cater to your needs. While you’ll be further away from Maple Avenue here, the amenities and services on the other side of Interstate 66 are also easily accessible.
If you’re in the mood for shopping and entertainment, look no further than the nearby Mosaic District. This vibrant destination is only 1.9 miles away, a mere 4-minute drive from the neighborhood, much closer than Maple Avenue. With a fantastic selection of stores and restaurants, including favorites like Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and Bloomingdale’s, you’ll find everything you need right at your fingertips. Strolling along District Avenue, which runs through Mosaic District, you’ll encounter a diverse array of dining options, from ramen bars to tantalizing Thai cuisine and delightful Mediterranean fare.
While Mosaic District may technically belong to Fairfax rather than Vienna, the strategic location of Dunn Loring Woods between Mosaic District and Maple Avenue offers the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy easy access to a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options that will satisfy your every craving.
Surrounded by parks, schools, and recreational areas
Easy access to major roads and transportation options
Close to both Vienna Metro and Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station
A little further away from Maple Avenue
Its location puts you a bit further away from your creature comforts
This neighborhood is car-dependent
Traffic congestion during peak hours and noise coming from major roads nearby
Stonewall Manor, located to the north of Dunn Loring Woods, is within walking distance of its neighboring community. Both neighborhoods share the same zip code (22180) and borders, with Cedar Lane, Gallows Road, and Interstate 66 serving as their boundaries.
While Stonewall Manor might be a tad northward, it’s still a stone’s throw away from the highway, making it an easy commute to the D.C. metro area. And guess what? The cherry on top is that both the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro Station and Vienna Metro Station are practically at your doorstep, ready to take you to work on public transportation.
With such similar locations, Stonewall Manor and Dunn Loring Woods residents enjoy the same delightful amenities that surround them, which you’ll see in our custom map of the neighborhood.
Maple Avenue and the happening Mosaic District are just a quick jaunt away when you need your fix of retail therapy and or tasty food from a vast array of restaurants. And let’s not forget about the picturesque Dunn Loring Park within the neighborhood, providing quick access to a serene oasis. Other parks that Dunn Loring Woods gets to enjoy are also within your reach here!
As you can expect, Stonewall Manor residents, just like their neighbors in Dunn Loring Woods, send their kids to Stenwood Elementary School, which feeds into Thoreau Middle School, Kilmer Middle School, and Marshall High School.
These two seem so similar, so what’s the difference between Stonewall Manor and Dunn Loring Woods?
Stonewall Manor is like the upscale, sophisticated cousin of Dunn Loring Woods. It boasts larger, more luxurious homes sprawled across generous lots, giving residents ample space to stretch out and relish in their outdoor havens. This neighborhood exudes tranquility with its peaceful streets, making it the perfect choice for those seeking a little extra privacy and serenity.
It’s no surprise that Stonewall Manor is known for its luxurious vibes, as homes here have a median sale price of $820,000, giving it a bit more of a price tag compared to Dunn Loring Woods. You’ll find single-family homes in Stonewall Manor, many of which have stood the test of time, showcasing the timeless charm of mid-20th-century suburban living. So as you stroll through the streets of Stonewall Manor, you can’t help but sense the rich history that emanates from this well-established neighborhood.
Back in 1963, it was named “Stonewall Manor,” paying homage to the Confederate General, Stonewall Jackson. Before that happened, it went by the moniker “Great Woods.” Interesting, right?
Now, here’s a fun tidbit for you: The residents of Stonewall Manor have been buzzing about changing the neighborhood’s name. They’re a welcoming bunch, embracing diversity and unity. The neighborhood’s civic association is a shining example of this inclusive spirit, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, feels right at home.
Even without an HOA, the vibrant community association takes charge, working tirelessly to preserve the high quality of life in Stonewall Manor. They’ve got their residents’ backs, advocating for their needs and tackling any community matters that arise. It’s all about building a tight-knit community and ensuring everyone’s living their best lives.
With all this, Stonewall Manor is the place to be if you’re after a peaceful and convenient neighborhood like Dunn Loring Woods but with a touch of exclusivity and those oh-so-stunning larger homes.
Easy access to parks, walking trails, and green spaces for outdoor activities
Sits near the border to Oakton and is just beside Oakton High School
More affordable, low-maintenance homes in a community with an HOA
Further away from the heart of Maple Avenue and the rest of the town’s amenities
Fewer real estate options as this is a townhouse community
Smaller yard space
Now, let’s dive into Country Creek, the westernmost neighborhood on our list, and this is the only neighborhood we’ll be discussing that falls under the 22181 zip code. What sets this neighborhood apart from the others is its proximity to the splendid Nottoway Park. Yup, you’ve got a massive park practically in your backyard, providing a lush environment that brings you closer to nature. Living here means embracing the urban convenience that Vienna and Oakton offer while enjoying the laid-back charm that this community exudes.
To truly appreciate the allure of this charming neighborhood, you’ve got to take a peek at our custom map. It’ll give you a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area, helping you appreciate the beauty and convenience that Country Creek brings to the table.
Check it out, guys. Country Creek, nestled in a cozy nook, is a quiet neighborhood that still keeps you connected to everything you need.
Now, if you’re itching to soak up some sunshine and enjoy the great outdoors, just a stone’s throw away to the north, you’ll discover the beautiful Nottoway Park. This place is a real gem, offering a ton of sports facilities like volleyball, basketball, and tennis. Whether you fancy a leisurely picnic, a delightful stroll along the fitness trail, or some quality bonding time with your furry pals at the Vienna Dog Park nearby, Nottoway Park has got you covered. This isn’t the only green oasis near you though.
Surrounding Country Creek, you’ll find a bunch of other parks within a short distance. Take Meadow Lane Park, for instance, a charming little spot with a playground for the kids. It’s just a few minutes’ stroll from Nottoway Park. And remember those parks we mentioned earlier in different neighborhoods? George C. Yeonas Park, Waters and Caffi Fields, and Cunningham Park are all a quick 6-minute drive to the east. Feeling adventurous? You can even hop across Interstate 66 and explore East Blake Lane Park if you’re up for a hiking adventure.
There’s still more, though. There are fantastic recreational centers nearby that’ll make you want to get off that couch and have some fun. The Vienna Aquatic Club is a mere 3-minute drive away, while the Vienna Community Center is only 7 minutes down the road. And for all you golf enthusiasts out there, Westwood Country Club is just a quick 8-minute drive away. So, whether you’re into swimming, community activities, or swinging clubs, Country Creek knows how to keep you happy!
Wolf Trap Woods
A serene environment filled with mature trees and greenery
Excellent schools within the vicinity, both public and private
Just beside Wolf Trap National Park
Lack of establishments and businesses in the immediate vicinity
Commuting to employment centers may take longer compared to other neighborhoods on this list
Now, let’s talk about the southernmost neighborhood on our list—Wolf Trap Woods. Located in the peaceful realms of Vienna, with a zip code of 22182, you can easily tell where this serene neighborhood is by its name alone. Just to the southwest lies the magnificent Wolf Trap National Park, a nature lover’s paradise. Although it’s a bit further away from the heart of Vienna, it remains easily accessible.
Wolf Trap Woods is embraced by Towlston Road to the northwest, which seamlessly transitions into Trap Road and eventually connects with Beulah Road. From there, a smooth drive on Maple Avenue East awaits you. Dulles Access Road curves along the southern end, while Leesburg Pike forms the eastern border, whisking you away to the vibrant Tysons area in no time.
The general vibe of the area makes it clear that Wolf Trap Woods is all about embracing a tranquil and nature-oriented lifestyle. Here, it’s all about the raw beauty of the great outdoors, and stepping outside your home will instantly make you feel one with nature, especially with Wolf Trap National Park right by your side. And let’s not forget that the park hosts spectacular performing arts events throughout the year, making Wolf Trap Woods a haven for art enthusiasts.
As you wander through this green-filled neighborhood, you’ll come across spacious homes ranging from 2,102 to 3,720 square feet, often boasting 4 to 5 bedrooms. In this exclusive enclave of single-family homes, the median sale price is $1,100,000, with a price per square foot of $361.
Now, let’s talk about HOA fees. If you choose to make Wolf Trap Woods your home, you’ll need to consider these additional expenses. The Wolf Trap Woods Homes Association (WTWHA) collects association fees that range from $285 to $400, averaging around $27 per month. Your contribution goes towards the maintenance and management of common areas, including snow removal, as well as the community’s amenities, which include tennis courts. The HOA also ensures that neighborhood guidelines and architectural standards are upheld, preserving the community’s charm and protecting property values.
Whether the presence of an HOA is a make-or-break factor for you, one thing is clear—Wolf Trap Woods is beloved by its residents for the luxurious perks that its location provides. Yes, it may be a tad secluded, being the furthest neighborhood from the heart of Vienna on our list. This means you’ll rely on your trusty automobile to get around town, especially since you’ll be a bit further from the metro stations along Interstate 66.
On a positive note, this means you’ll have a quiet haven to call your own. And despite its location, you won’t have to sacrifice any of your creature comforts if you decide to plant your roots here. Take a look at our custom map and see for yourself the wonders that Wolf Trap Woods has in store for you!
While it may take you about 10 minutes to reach Maple Avenue from Wolf Trap Woods, a glance at the map will show you that Tysons is a much closer destination for all your creature comforts. Whichever you choose, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining options in both areas. Maple Avenue boasts the Vienna Shopping Center, while Tysons Galleria, Tysons Corner Center, and The Shops at Fairfax Square offer a more upscale shopping experience, and they’re just minutes away.
If you find solace in the great outdoors, Wolf Trap National Park isn’t the only nearby green oasis. You’ll also find Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Tamarack Park just a stone’s throw away from the neighborhood. If recreational centers are your thing, the York Swim Club, Westwood Country Club, and Cardinal Hill Swim and Racquet Club are all within proximity.
When it comes to education, Wolf Trap Woods has a both public and private options. You’ll find esteemed private institutions like Ambleside School and Fiore Montessori School in the vicinity. As for public schools, Wolf Trap Woods has fewer options with Colvin Run Elementary School serving the neighborhood, which then feeds into Longfellow Middle School, Cooper Middle School, Langley High School, and McLean High School.
Take note that these middle and high schools are further away from the neighborhood, as they’re not within Vienna. This map below should give you an idea of how far they are from Wolf Trap Woods.
Now that we’ve explored the popular neighborhoods in Vienna, what their borders and zip codes are, and the price of the homes in each, let’s take a broader look at Vienna’s housing market in the next section. We’ve purposely gone over the neighborhoods first, as this information will help you understand the real estate tax in town a bit more.
When it comes to moving to a new place, it’s natural to begin by exploring the housing market. In the case of Vienna, being located in Fairfax County, it’s important to note that homes in this area tend to have higher price tags compared to other parts of the country. So, if you’re considering buying a house in Vienna, you should be prepared for the fact that it may require a significant portion of your budget.
Realtor says the median home price in Vienna is around $1,200,000, with listing prices averaging $368 per square foot. Now, Vienna isn’t the priciest city in the county, but it’s definitely up there. Take Reston, for example, which is just 8 miles away, and has a median house price of $580,000.
Let’s talk about the different types of homes you’ll find in Vienna as house prices will depend on the type of home you choose.
We’ve got single-family homes, condos, and townhouses to choose from. If you’re eyeing a single-family home, keep your wallet handy. These can range anywhere from $700,000 to $2,300,000. Especially if you’re looking for a place within or near Vienna Town, expect to dig deep into those pockets.
Now, here’s the lowdown on the more affordable options. Sure, you can find some budget-friendly single-family homes in Vienna, though there are a few trade-offs to consider.
Some of these houses may need a little TLC, so roll up your sleeves and get ready for some renovation work. They might also be on the smaller side compared to the average homes in the area. And hey, don’t be surprised if they’re nestled right next to Interstate 66 or Dulles Tollway.
Keep in mind, more folks want to buy a home in Vienna than sell, so you’ll be entering a competitive market. So you have to brace yourself for some bidding wars too.
Real Estate Tax
Being a homeowner in Vienna means that you’ll be paying a town tax on top of the county tax for your real estate. The town tax has a rate of $0.205 per $100 of assessed value, while Fairfax County’s rate is $1.11 per $100 of assessed value. Additionally, you also need to pay $0.0325 per $100 of assessed value for stormwater fees. This brings the total real estate tax here to $1.3475.
As mentioned in the previous section, Vienna is composed of two parts: Vienna town and the greater Vienna area. If your address is outside of town limits, you don’t have to pay the town taxes. Neighborhoods that are a part of the town include Vienna Woods and West Vienna Woods. Meanwhile, Dunn Loring Woods, Country Creek, Stonewall Manor, and Wolf Trap Woods are outside of town.
While a dollar and some odd cents may not seem like much, it’ll certainly add up once you consider the housing price in town.
Let’s take Vienna’s median house price as an example, which is $1,200,000. With a property of this value, you’ll be paying $16,170 in real estate taxes each year. This is much higher than the median real estate tax in the United States, which is $2,971. Although that’s also because the median home value in the country is $436,800, a much lower value than what we’ve calculated.
Vienna plans to lower the real estate tax rate to accommodate for the higher property assessments though. So from a tax rate of $0.205, the new rate would now be $0.195 per $100 of assessed value. This brings us to a total of $1.3375 in real estate taxes for Vienna homeowners, which isn’t really much of a difference.
Vienna’s housing market and the double taxes may be higher than what you’d expect from the rest of the country. So now you may wonder: what does Vienna have to offer that makes this worth it?
From the tranquil beauty of Vienna Woods to the thriving cultural scene, this charming town offers a harmonious blend of natural wonders and lively entertainment, creating an irresistible destination for those seeking a well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle. In the next section, you’ll figure out how to get a good time in Vienna, and you can decide for yourself if these offerings are worth the price tag.
Recreation and Entertainment
Vienna may be small, but this little gem is bursting with excitement and adventure, catering to all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a history nerd, a food connoisseur, or anything else under the sun, Vienna knows how to keep you entertained!
If retail therapy is your ultimate stress-buster, then you’re in luck as Vienna has it all. Get ready to shop till you drop at the various shopping centers that dot the landscape, each offering a treasure trove of products and services to satisfy the shopaholic in you.
When looking for the best places to shop, you can’t go wrong with taking the trip to Maple Avenue. This lively thoroughfare is lined with an eclectic mix of establishments and restaurants, much like a one-stop shop for all your wants and needs, with a little something for everyone!
Sitting on this street is Vienna Shopping Center, where you’ll find everything you could ever desire, from a grocery store and pharmacy to a plethora of restaurants and a myriad of shops. Whether you’re in the market for health and beauty products or home goods, this place has got you covered.
Make no mistake, Maple Avenue isn’t the only exciting place to shop in Vienna. Throughout the town, you’ll stumble upon hidden gems and locally-owned shops offering a unique shopping experience. From exquisite jewelry to quirky novelties and even stylish home accessories, you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique finds just around the corner in Vienna.
When it comes to this kind of shopping experience, Church Street, which is just a short walk from Maple Avenue, takes the crown. This street feels more quaint, and the charming shops that line it give Church Street a unique vibe that sets it apart from the main drag. Some popular, one-of-a-kind shops that you’ll find here include:
Clock Shop of Vienna: An iconic shop on Church Street that displays an amazing collection of clocks. It’s a must-visit for clock enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates craftsmanship.
Cocoa Vienna: A shop where you can get delicious, handmade chocolates, perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Trace Zero Waste Store: A sustainable store that offers a wide range of products made from reusable materials, like cutlery and towels, all of which allows shoppers to make a positive impact on the planet.
Terra Christa: A shop where you can dive into the world of spirituality with diverse items, such as crystals, jewelry, candles, and aromatherapy oils.
Bards Alley: An indie bookstore that offers a curated collection of books, where you can engage with a community of passionate readers who can give you fantastic recommendations.
If an upscale shopping experience is more your thing, you’ll need to venture to Vienna’s neighboring areas.
Expect a long day of swiping that card at Tysons Corner Center, the largest and most fabulous shopping mall in the state. It’s just a quick 7-minute drive from Vienna’s Maple Avenue. Here, you’ll find big-name department stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. With over 300 brand stores, 40 mouth-watering restaurants, a 16-screen cinema, and IMAX theaters, you’ll have endless options to keep you entertained.
Just across from Tysons Corner lies another shopaholic’s paradise: Tysons Galleria. This three-level upscale shopping mall is a treasure trove of high-end and designer brands. From Dior and Cartier to Burberry and beyond, you’ll find yourself in luxury heaven.
And don’t miss The Shops at Fairfax Square, also adjacent to Tysons Corner. This place is a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Spoil yourself with a visit to Tiffany & Co., savor culinary delights at Chef Geoff’s, or indulge in a rejuvenating experience at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. There’s no better place to spoil yourself in the area than here.
In a town where shopping centers and a vibrant host of local shops exist, restaurants, both popular and mom-and-pop ones, sit side-by-side with them. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be pleased to know that Vienna is a community of foodies! Let’s tackle the places in town where you can have tasty adventures in the next section.
Vienna’s culinary landscape is as diverse as it is delicious. You’ll discover restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, showcasing flavors from every corner of the globe. So whether you’re a sushi aficionado, a pizza connoisseur, or simply crave some good ol’ American comfort food, Vienna has an array of dining options that will make your taste buds dance with delight.
The shopping centers in the previous section have their fair share of restaurants. When it comes to experiencing the true culinary essence of Vienna, the streets are where it’s at. The independent restaurants scattered throughout the town offer a glimpse into the vibrant and eclectic food scene that Vienna is renowned for.
Let’s kick things off with the local favorites, the tried-and-true establishments that have stood the test of time.
Bazin’s on Church is a beloved bistro that whips up mouthwatering seasonal American dishes in a cozy setting. Clarity is an award-winning gem that serves up lunch, dinner, and four-course meals featuring delectable seasonal creations made in-house. And if you’re in the mood for a dining experience that blends the best of modern and farm-to-table cuisine, Blend 111 is the place to be. They source their ingredients from local farmers and winemakers, ensuring a truly fresh and flavorful meal. Last but not least, the historic Vienna Inn has been satisfying locals’ tummies since 1960. It’s a true institution in the town, serving up hearty and comforting dishes that will leave you feeling completely satisfied.
Vienna’s gastronomic delights don’t stop there. Craft beer enthusiasts will rejoice at Caboose Brewing Co., a local favorite that combines the art of brewing with delicious farm-to-table dishes. Sip on their freshly brewed beers while savoring the delectable flavors of their thoughtfully crafted menu.
Of course, Vienna is a melting pot of global flavors. You’ll find an abundance of restaurants offering cuisine from all corners of the world. Nostos Restaurant is a Greek gem that puts a modern twist on traditional dishes, transporting your taste buds to the Mediterranean. If you’re seeking vegetarian delights, Sunflower Restaurant is a must-visit. Their extensive menu spans Japanese, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, ensuring there’s something for every palate. And for a taste of Mediterranean Turkish cuisine that won’t break the bank, Istanbul Blue is the place to be. Their hearty and reasonably priced dishes will have you coming back for more.
And let’s not forget about dessert, the best way to end any meal!
Vienna has a sweet tooth, and there are plenty of places to satisfy your cravings. While Cocoa Vienna deserves a special mention for its delectable handmade chocolates, there’s so much more to explore. Indulge in tantalizing pies at Pie Gourmet, where every bite is a slice of heaven. For a taste of international sweets, head to Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee, where you can savor Thai desserts, breakfast crepes, and a delightful cup of coffee. And for the ultimate indulgence, treat yourself to Toby’s Handmade Ice Cream and experience the creamy, dreamy flavors that will transport you to ice cream paradise.
Although you won’t find towering mountains on the horizon, Vienna is still picturesque in its own right. With its rolling hills, lush wooded areas, and charming bodies of water, Vienna is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Vienna’s natural beauty sets the stage for a wide range of outdoor activities. Whether you prefer a leisurely picnic in a scenic park, a refreshing bike ride along winding paths, or a round of golf amidst picturesque landscapes, Vienna has it all. The opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Dotted within Vienna’s borders are 12 parks green-filled parks that offer a quick change of pace whenever you need to connect with nature after a busy day.
When it comes to marveling at nature’s wonders, there’s no other park in town more stunning than Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. This 95-acre garden is a haven of beauty, boasting a stunning array of plants, picturesque forested areas, tranquil lakes, and winding trails. No matter the season, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens never fails to impress. In the spring, the garden is adorned with delicate pink cherry blossoms, creating a dreamy atmosphere. And when winter arrives, the garden transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland as it comes alive with colorful lights during the Meadowlark Walk of Lights.
For a unique blend of nature and the arts, look no further than Wolf Trap National Park. This extraordinary park is the only one of its kind in the entire country, dedicated to showcasing performing arts. Throughout the year, the park hosts a vibrant lineup of events that cater to all artistic tastes. Whether you’re captivated by opera, jazz, dance, or country music, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of culture and creativity at Wolf Trap National Park.
Nottoway Park is a green oasis that combines the tranquility of lush nature paths and exciting outdoor fun. The park offers a variety of recreational activities, including sports courts for basketball and volleyball, as well as a scenic 2.4-kilometer loop trail perfect for jogging or leisurely walks. Pet owners will be delighted to know that the park is dog-friendly, with the Vienna Dog Park located at its northeastern tip, providing a safe and playful space for furry friends to enjoy.
The Washington & Old Dominion Trail is a beloved local gem that stretches across 44 miles. Dubbed “the skinniest park in Virginia,” this paved trail invites cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers, and even horseback riders to explore its scenic route. While the trail itself may not offer much in terms of amenities, it provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and stay active.
Located near the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, the Vienna Community Center is a hub of sports and recreational activities. You can engage in a friendly game of basketball, pickleball, or tennis, and afterward, take advantage of the convenient amenities such as washrooms and food and drink facilities.
In addition to the community center, Vienna is home to several clubs that cater to various interests and hobbies.
If you’re seeking aquatic adventures, the Vienna Aquatic Club is a privately-owned swimming pool that opens its doors during the summer months. For those who enjoy swimming and tennis, Cardinal Hill Swim and Racquet Club is the place to be, offering top-notch facilities and programs for both sports. And for a truly comprehensive experience, the Westwood Country Club has it all – from golf courses and tennis courts to a state-of-the-art fitness center and an Olympic-size swimming pool. It’s a haven for sports enthusiasts and those looking to unwind in style.
Vienna residents and longtime locals alike are drawn to the area for its beautiful surroundings and the warm and tight-knit community that thrives here. The sense of small-town camaraderie is noticeable as neighbors rub shoulders with each other daily and come together to celebrate the vibrant annual events that define life in Vienna.
The Town of Vienna takes great pride in hosting a diverse range of year-round events, providing ample opportunities for community members to connect and forge lasting friendships. It’s not just the town itself that organizes these gatherings too. Other esteemed groups like the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Historic Vienna, and the Vienna Presbyterian Church also contribute to the festive spirit by hosting their own exciting annual events. These community-driven celebrations have become cherished traditions, bringing people from all walks of life together and strengthening bonds.
While it’s impossible to list every single festival and event in Vienna, we’ll highlight some of the most highly anticipated gatherings that grace the town throughout the year.
The Vienna Restaurant Week is a testament to this, a celebration of good food at an event that will tickle everyone’s taste buds, no matter their palate. Around 50 participating restaurants gather during this week-long spring event, some of which are Bazin’s on Church and the famous Jammin Java. Restaurants during this event will either offer three-course curated menus at a fixed price for lunch and dinner, or a la carte specialties at discounted prices for you to get a taste of Vienna’s rich food scene.
The Taste of Vienna is another popular food event hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (VVFD) and it’s when you’ll find some of the best-loved local restaurants in one place serving their tasty delights to raise money in support of the fire department. Some food events run longer here in Vienna, such as the Saturday Farmers Market. It’s when farmers and vendors sell a wide assortment of goods, such as fresh produce, flowers, cheese, a variety of meat, and plenty more.
The town also loves lively gatherings, festive atmospheres, and events that offer a bit of everything.
ViVa! Vienna! Is among the most exciting events to take place each year, even those from outside town come to Vienna to take part in this exciting event. During this, everyone’s welcome to enjoy food, crafts, amusement rides, and more, with all proceeds going to support over 70 local organizations. Let down your hair and indulge yourself with tasty food, live music, and an intoxicating atmosphere at the annual Oktoberfest. For something more laid-back, head to historic Church Street during the summer season for the Chillin’ On Church event. Mingle with the crowd and enjoy the food trucks, local brews and music, and a host of family-friendly events with the block parties!
Vienna also loves to celebrate popular holidays too!
Head out for a day of live music, family-friendly entertainment, and games, during Vienna’s Independence Day celebrations. Then cap off your day with a bang with a 20-minute fireworks display and marvel at the dark sky illuminated with all colors of the rainbow. Locals get to enjoy Easter Egg Hunts at parks, such as Vienna Town Green and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. And if you love a good challenge, take your flashlights with you and head to Glyndon Park to search for eggs in the dark during the Family Flashlight Egg Hunt.
Halloween is an exciting event for any children and Vienna is full of Halloween-related events every October. The biggest, most-anticipated one is the Halloween Parade, a long-standing community tradition where residents enjoy themed floats, a sea of people in costumes marching, and various other entertainment along Maple Avenue, between Branch Street and Center Street. Vienna’s gathering place, Town Green, also hosts the Halloween on the Green event where you can enjoy pumpkin decorating, various games, and moon bounces, among others. Vienna Trick or Treat happens all around Vienna on October 31. But several organizations in town, such as the Vienna Presbyterian Church and Vienna Baptist Church, offer a less spooky experience through Trunk or Treat, which is more suited for younger children!
Once November rolls around, Vienna doesn’t slow down with the festivities. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as the list of events for the season only gets longer!
Head to the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and enter a winter wonderland of stunning light displays during the Meadowlark Walk of Lights. Loved by the locals and visitors from around Northern Virginia alike, this event transforms a half-mile path of the garden into a colorful and light show. Stroll around, sip on some hot chocolate, and enjoy some sweet s’mores to end your evening. Wolf Trap National Park also has its celebration with the Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long, where local and visiting choirs serenade you with Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs to make you feel the Christmas spirit.
Now that you’ve got a taste of Vienna’s beloved events, you might be wondering when they all happen. We’ve got you covered! Take a look at the handy table below to plan your schedule and make sure you don’t miss out on any of these incredible experiences.
We’re all ears and open to your suggestions! If there are any popular or noteworthy Vienna events that we missed, please share them with us in the comments below. We want to make sure our list captures the true essence of Vienna’s vibrant community and its exciting calendar of events.
We’ve had fun exploring all the exciting recreation and entertainment options in Vienna. From the picturesque parks to the mouthwatering culinary scene, this town knows how to have a good time. But hey, let’s take a step back and talk about the elephant in the room: the cost of living.
I know, it’s not the most exciting topic, though it’s a reality check we can’t ignore. So, grab your calculators, and let’s crunch some numbers because we’re about to dive into the ins and outs of Vienna’s cost of living.
Cost of Living
Being one of the richest towns in Northern Virginia, Vienna might be swimming in wealth, but living here comes with a price. The cost of living here is a whopping 78% higher than the United States average, which can hit your wallet hard if you come unprepared. So if you’re thinking about settling down here, below are some financial factors to consider.
Let’s break down the overall cost of living mentioned above. Below are the necessary expenditures in Vienna, and how they stack up compared to the national average:
Grocery: 16.4% higher
Healthcare: 2.1% higher
Housing: 220.9% higher
Transportation: 22.4% higher
Miscellaneous: 48.1% higher
Utilities: 4.3% lower
Now, let’s break down these individual percentages even further as we give you exact prices. We’ve gathered some average costs for common living expenses across a few categories. Keep in mind, the food expenses we’re about to share (those that are hyperlinked) are based on the more budget-friendly options we found right here in Vienna. As for everything else, we’re relying on data from ZeroDown.
With all these considered, your annual household expenditure in Vienna would look like this:
Data from the table above are also from ZeroDown’s estimates. And according to them, if you want to live the good life in Vienna, you better bring home the bacon. You’re looking at a pre-tax income of around $140,327 or a post-tax income of approximately $111,139 per year. That’s what it takes to enjoy the comforts this town has to offer.
Now let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of taxes, because let’s face it, they play a big role in your cost of living. In Vienna, we’ve got two key players: the sales tax rate and the income tax rate.
Vienna has a sales tax rate of 6.0%, which is lower than the national average of 6.6%. You’ll be paying sales tax to the state and the county. Of that 6.0%, Virginia takes a state tax rate of 4.3%, while Fairfax County has a rate of 1.7%.
Talking about income tax is trickier since it’ll depend on how much your earning. Generally, the income tax rate here ranges from 2% to 5.75% To give you an idea of how much this would cost you, here is a breakdown based on income brackets:
Now that we’ve established that Vienna is not the most affordable town to live in the country, you may be wondering: how do the residents afford this? Well, Vienna isn’t just a charming town that’s pricier than the national average, it’s also a bustling hub of commerce and opportunity. So, let’s talk about the town’s economy and the average dough folks bring home in the next section.
Income and Economy
Well, Vienna is a thriving town with a whole range of job opportunities to keep those bank accounts happy, the biggest of which falls under professional, technical, and scientific services. The Navy Federal Credit Union has set up shop right here in Vienna, and it’s a major employer both in town and in the entire Fairfax County. Fairfax County Public Schools is also a major player on the employment scene, even though they call Falls Church their home base.
While Vienna may not boast a plethora of corporate giants like its neighbor McLean, its strategic location opens up a world of employment possibilities beyond its borders.
You can also look at places much closer to home, like the Tysons area, a mere 2.5 miles away from town. This area is a hub of activity as it’s home to the headquarters of Booz Allen Hamilton, Freddie Mac, with Capital One nearby. There are still plenty more prominent companies in the surrounding areas of Vienna. Thus, a good number of residents hit the road to work in places like Washington, D.C., which isn’t surprising due to their proximity.
As employment here revolves around big companies, Vienna’s residents have a staggering median household income of $200,938, which is a much higher value than the national median of $70,784. As you can see, Vienna is a high-income area, which you can visualize much better with BestNeighborhood’s map of the town based on household income.
What’s the secret behind all this, though?
Well, it’s not really a secret. Vienna’s high income is likely due to the educational attainment of its residents. United States Census Bureau’s data shows that a whopping 87.5% of Vienna’s workforce hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. And if you dig deeper into this correlation, you’ll find that an impressive 73% of Vienna residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, versus the national average of 34%.
To further support this, here are some key findings from the United States Census Bureau on educational attainment and median income:
All these considered, Vienna’s wealth is understandable, given that most of its workforce is composed of highly educated individuals. Thus, most residents here can afford the cost of living that the town offers.
You now have an idea of Vienna’s economy and the town’s median income, so let’s talk about how you’ll be navigating your way to work. Getting around town and beyond is a vital part of your daily routine, so let’s dive into the various transportation options available to you. Whether you’re looking to beat the morning traffic or explore the neighboring areas, we’ll explore the ins and outs of your daily commute in the next section.
According to the United States Census Bureau, 64.4% of Vienna residents work within Fairfax County. Although a significant chunk of people here still go out of the county daily for work. Around 16.4% of them work outside the county, while 19.2% of residents work outside of the state.
When it comes to commuting, private cars take the crown here. Most residents who punch the clock within the county prefer driving their trusty vehicles. While those who work outside the county prefer the carpooling route. Of those who work outside of the state, 77.1%, travel using public transportation.
Early birds take flight in Vienna, with the majority embarking on their daily grind between 8:00 AM and 8:29 AM. And when it comes to travel time, most residents find themselves on the move for a solid 30 to 34 minutes to reach their workplaces.
Considering the bustling daily migration of Vienna’s residents, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the transportation options available when you call Vienna home.
Thanks to Vienna’s prime location and the web of highways that surround it, hitting the road is a breeze when it comes to commuting. As mentioned before, you’ll have convenient access to Interstate 66 and Interstate 495, which serve as vital channels to major employment hubs like Washington, D.C., and Arlington. However, it’s worth noting that Northern Virginia’s infamous traffic tends to occur on Interstate 66, so buckle up for the occasional slowdown.
Now, let’s dive into some estimated travel times for your daily drive from Vienna to popular employment destinations in the vicinity:
Now, let’s talk about the practical aspects of commuting from Vienna. Although the estimated travel times in the table suggest that popular workplaces are within an hour’s reach, it’s important to remember that these are just rough estimates and don’t account for traffic conditions. You can always use the HOV lane, though you need at least three people in your car to drive on Interstate 66’s express lane for free.
As you hit the road on the mentioned interstates, be prepared to share the lanes with a multitude of fellow Fairfax County commuters. While driving offers convenience and comfort, it’s wise to factor in some extra time for potential traffic jams along the way.
Other than the ever-changing gas prices, you also have to consider budgeting for your vehicle tax rate. Fairfax County has a vehicle property tax rate of $4.57 per $100 of assessed value. For instance, a vehicle with a value of $25,000 will have a tax rate of $1,143.
Remember when we discussed the higher cost of living in Vienna? Well, that includes transportation expenses, which, according to BestPlaces‘ data, are 22.4% higher than the national average.
While the gas prices here might be relatively lower compared to the national average, the hefty vehicle tax rate significantly contributes to these transportation costs. In fact, it’s worth noting that Virginia currently boasts the highest vehicle tax rate in the entire country. So keep these financial aspects in mind.
Now let’s explore an alternative transportation option that many Vienna residents have embraced: slugging or carpooling. Whether they work within or outside the county, a significant number of residents opt for this cost-effective and time-efficient method. What makes slugging even more appealing is the ability to utilize the HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) lane, which can significantly speed up your commute.
If you’re interested in slugging, the designated sluglines can be found at the Vienna Metro South Kiss and Ride area, where Nutley Street and Saintsbury Drive meet. If you choose to park here, the daily parking fee is $4.95, valid from Monday to Friday. From this starting point, sluglines operate to these destinations:
When it comes to your journey back home, you can conveniently catch sluglines from the same areas mentioned earlier, allowing you to return to Vienna hassle-free.
However, it’s important to note that while slugging offers a budget-friendly commuting option, it may not be the most comfortable choice for everyone. Riding with strangers, relying on them for pickups and drop-offs, and adjusting your schedule to theirs can introduce a level of inconsistency to your commute. It’s a trade-off to consider, weighing affordability and convenience against personal preferences and comfort.
If slugging doesn’t align with your preferences or needs, there are other transportation alternatives to explore in the next sections.
Fairfax Connector (Commuter Bus)
Just a stone’s throw away from the slugline location, you’ll come across the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Park and Ride, situated near the Vienna Metro Station. This spot is convenient for both slugline users and those looking to utilize the Fairfax Connector bus services. However, it’s worth noting that there are two other areas in Vienna where you can catch a bus as well. Let’s take a closer look at each station and the routes they serve:
If you’re considering bus commuting from Vienna, it’s essential to have an idea of the commute duration to your desired destinations. Let’s dive into the details of Route 689, which operates from the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station to the Pentagon.
For the morning commute (AM Eastbound), the earliest bus departs from Vienna Metro Station at 5:40 AM and arrives at the Pentagon Metro Station at 6:13 AM. This quick journey takes just about 33 minutes. Other buses on this Eastbound service have similar travel times, ensuring a timely arrival.
How about on the way back?
On the return trip (PM Eastbound), the first bus leaves the Pentagon Metro Station at 3:30 PM and reaches Vienna Metro Station around 4:07 PM, making the travel time approximately 37 minutes. Subsequent buses throughout the afternoon and evening maintain a similar travel duration.
Now, let’s talk about fares. On regular Fairfax Connector routes, a ticket costs $2.00, offering an affordable means of transportation. However, for express routes such as Route 689 (Vienna-Pentagon), the fare is slightly higher at $4.25. Keep this in mind when planning your budget for commuting expenses.
Alrighty then, so we’ve covered the ins and outs of getting around Vienna with various transportation options. And while we talked about commuting from a busy bee’s angle, it’s also a consideration for another important aspect for all you folks with little ones: the schools in town. Most schools that serve Vienna residents are in town, but others aren’t. So, we’re diving into the world of academics and learning in the next section, which can affect your decision on where to settle down in town.
If you’re a parent looking to provide your kids with a top-notch education, Vienna is the place to be. here’s the kicker: Vienna boasts schools that are in the cream of the crop, ranking in the top 5% of Virginia’s public schools, and this alone attracts prospective homeowners to town.
We’re talking about schools that have math proficiency rates of 76%, versus the state average of 56%. And when it comes to reading proficiency, these schools soar with an impressive 86% proficiency, while the state average is behind at 70%. With an average test score of 88%, Vienna’s public schools outshine both the state average of 79% and the national average of 48%. Now that’s something Vienna can boast about!
Here’s the icing on the educational cake: Vienna is under the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). You see, being nestled in Fairfax County, education is taken seriously around these parts. While Vienna’s public schools offer a robust core academic curriculum, they also offer a variety of FCPS programs that take learning to a whole new level, some of which are the following:
Advanced Academic Programs: Programs that are designed to challenge students based on their academic level, which aims to develop their skills and strengths, encouraging higher-level thinking in the process.
World Languages Programs: A project-based learning program that helps students learn a new language while developing their skills in various areas in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics).
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): This program aims for students, whose first language isn’t English, to learn the language while developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, helping them achieve academic success.
Special Education: Personalized programs that are catered toward a student’s individual needs, for their academic achievement, and also for their social and emotional competence.
Hold your horses, because the FCPS doesn’t stop there. They also have an awesome Global Classroom Project where students team up with fellow of the same grade level students from all over the world, working together on different tasks virtually. FCPS also uses a Responsive Classroom approach, which tackles education from all angles. It’s not just about hitting the books; it’s about nurturing your kids’ social, emotional, and academic skills through practical strategies and guiding principles.
The cherry on top is that FCPS knows that education isn’t just about textbooks and exams. They go above and beyond, offering a boatload of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs that cater to every interest and grade level. Whether your kids are sports fanatics, art aficionados, club enthusiasts, or have a heart for community service, there’s something for everyone to dive into and unleash their hidden talents. It’s a chance for them to grow, have a blast, and discover new passions outside the four walls of the classroom. These activities are carefully chosen to suit the student’s age, so here’s a general guideline for each school level:
Elementary: Students get to be a part of safety patrols and student government.
Middle School: Students get to join clubs based on their interests, school newspapers, performing groups, and more.
High School: Students can take part in honor societies, clubs, and student government, among others.
Now, let’s talk about the schools themselves. Within Vienna are three high schools, Oakton, Madison, and Marshall, two middle schools such as Kilmer and Thoreau, along with several elementary schools. Residents aren’t limited to schools within the borders though, as these primary and secondary schools also feed into schools in Falls Chuch and McLean. So depending on where you plant your roots, your kiddos might end up attending schools out of town as they climb the educational pyramid in FCPS.
This is why we’ve made it easy for you by letting you know which schools cater to specific neighborhoods below. Trust me, many parents here often choose their dream homes based on the schools their little ones can attend. And to make things even simpler for you, these handy maps will show you the school boundaries for elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in Vienna.
Now, let’s dive into the schools! We’ve got a lineup of great public schools right here in Vienna, along with a few gems just outside of town that also cater to Vienna residents.
Wolftrap Elementary School
When it comes to math and reading proficiency, Wolftrap Elementary School ranks among the top 1% of public elementary schools in Virginia. Different sources might give you slightly different rankings, but let’s focus on the bigger picture. According to Niche, Wolftrap snags the 26th spot among all elementary schools in Virginia, while US News places it at a respectable 50th.
While these rankings give you a glimpse into the academic performance of the school, you may want to hear ratings of the school straight from the people who know best: the students and their parents. Websites like Niche and Great Schools have reviews that paint a fuller picture of the school experience. With a stellar 5-star rating on Niche and a 3.8 rating on Great Schools, you can say that Wolftrap is a good school.
One thing that sets Wolftrap apart is its commitment to involving parents and guardians in their children’s education. They’ve got this fantastic program called Wolfie Time, where parents come in to lend a helping hand. They re-teach and delve deeper into the lessons that have already been covered in class. It’s a fantastic way to strengthen the bond between school and home.
There’s more to this school as Wolftrap is all about providing a well-rounded education. They’ve got a plethora of extracurricular activities to cater to every interest, whether your child is into art, world languages, or music.
Now, let’s talk about something near and dear to Wolftrap’s heart: environmental education. They have an Eco-Schools program, which is all about making the school more sustainable. They’ve got ingenious solutions for consumption and waste, transportation, and energy conservation. And get this, they even have an outdoor classroom where students can roll up their sleeves and get hands-on learning experiences about the environment, sustainability, and conservation.
Colvin Run Elementary School
Just like the previous school we discussed, Colvin Run Elementary School is a shining star among Virginia schools, ranking in the top 1% based on testing ranks. Depending on where you look, it’s touted as the 14th-best public elementary school in the state or the 45th-best performer.
Let’s not get too caught up in rankings alone, because Colvin Run offers much more than just academic excellence. Students and parents rate the school experience here positively, as evidenced by the 4-star rating on Niche and the impressive 4.5 stars on Great Schools.
At Colvin Run, they don’t just focus on the three R’s. They believe in providing a well-rounded education through a strong core curriculum and FCPS programs, along with a range of enriching activities. Here’s a taste of what they offer:
Service Learning Projects: These hands-on projects allow students to put into practice the character traits they learn in the Character Education program, all while making a positive impact on those in need. Each grade level has its own specialized project, while some projects bring the entire school together as a united force.
Green Team: Fourth-graders at Colvin Run are part of the Green Team, where they collect various e-wastes to be sent to TerraCycle for recycling. It’s a hands-on way to teach environmental responsibility.
eCYBERMISSION: This exciting web-based STEM competition is open to students in grades 6 to 9, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their skills and innovation.
If you’re considering sending your kids to Colvin Run, remember that this school serves the beautiful neighborhood of Wolf Trap Woods. Colvin Run Elementary School is in Region 1 and falls within the Langley Pyramid, with students progressing to Cooper Middle School, Longfellow Middle School, Langley High School, and McLean High School, which are some of the best schools in this article.
Westbriar Elementary School
Westbriar Elementary School is another standout school that belongs to the top 1% in terms of math and reading proficiency. It’s interesting to note that while one platform ranks it as the 39th-best public elementary school in the state, another platform places it at 130th.
The reviews from students and parents on Niche and Great Schools also tell a different story. While it may have mixed reviews, Westbriar receives fair ratings, earning a solid 3.5 stars on both platforms. Don’t just take my word for it, see what students and parents have to say about their experiences at Westbriar Elementary School for yourself and you might find that they offer a fresh perspective that contradicts the numbers.
Westbriar Elementary School goes beyond academic competitiveness and focuses on fostering well-rounded students through a range of engaging activities. The school also teaches environmental responsibility through Green Team, allows students to explore their creative side through Grace Arts, and more.
That’s not all! Westbriar also offers seasonal enrichment programs that require registration. Here are a few highlights from their fall program lineup:
Coding Python with Fun
Nothing But Net All Sports Class
Spanish Immersion Program
If you’re considering Westbriar Elementary School for your child, keep in mind that it falls under Region 2 and is part of the Marshall Pyramid, which feeds into Kilmer Middle School, Madison High School, and Marshall High School.
Louise Archer Elementary School
While not at the level of the previous schools, Louise Archer Elementary School is a standout performer in academics, ranking among the top 5% of elementary schools in the state. Although there is a difference in rankings between the two platforms, with the former placing it as the 54th best public elementary school and the latter ranking it at 115th, it’s important to note that Louise Archer receives high praise from both students and parents. This is evident in the glowing reviews on Niche and Great Schools, where it garners impressive ratings of 5 and 4.3 stars respectively.
Beyond its academic prowess, Louise Archer offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to enhance and enrich the learning experience of its students. Students get to be a part of the school’s news program and hone their communication and presentation skills through Morning News Show, explore their love for music through Band, String, and Chorus, become a representative of the school through Student Ambassadors, and more!
If you’re considering enrolling your children in Louise Archer Elementary School, it’s worth noting that the school falls under Region 1 and is part of the Madison Pyramid. This means that students who attend Louise Archer Elementary will later transition to Thoreau Middle School and ultimately Madison High School.
Flint Hill Elementary School
Flint Hill Elementary School may not have the highest rankings among the schools mentioned earlier, but don’t let that overshadow its commitment to quality education. While it ranks in the top 10% of public schools in the state and holds the 56th spot on Niche, it’s placed at 172nd on US News. However, the opinions of students and parents speak volumes about the school’s value. With a 4.5-star rating on Niche and 3.9 stars on Great Schools, it’s clear that Flint Hill Elementary is highly regarded by those who matter most.
In addition to its strong core curriculum and FCPS programs, Flint Hill takes learning to the next level by making it enjoyable. Their comprehensive Get2Green program, focused on environmental science, is a standout feature. With a stunning courtyard boasting a greenhouse and native plants, students get hands-on experiences that extend their scientific knowledge beyond the classroom. Flint Hill is a proud Permanent Green Flag School, and the program has earned the prestigious National Wildlife Federation Eco-School designation.
Of course, Flint Hill values extracurricular activities just as much as academics. Students have the opportunity to participate in various programs, such as the Band Program, where they can learn to play different instruments. The Strings Program introduces them to the violin, cello, bass, and viola, while the Orff Percussion Ensemble Program encourages musical literacy through singing, movement, improvisation, and instruments. The PTA sponsors a range of after-school activities, including Mad Science, the Basketball “Hoops” Program, and Grace Art. And let’s not forget the Safety Patrols, a group of responsible 5th and 6th-grade students selected to ensure the safety of their peers during school arrivals and departures.
If you’re considering Flint Hill Elementary School for your children, note that it falls under Region 1 and is part of the Madison Pyramid, which feeds into Thoreau Middle School and Madison High School.
Marshall Road Elementary School
Marshall Road Elementary School may not have the highest rankings in terms of overall test scores, yet it still holds a respectable position among schools in the state, placing in the top 50%. While it ranks as the 466th-best public elementary school in Virginia according to Niche, it has a lower ranking on US News, ranging from 827th to 1103rd place. However, it’s essential to consider the reviews from parents and students, which provide a more comprehensive view. Marshall Road Elementary School has received a 3-star rating on Niche and a 3.7-star rating on Great Schools, indicating a fair level of satisfaction among the school community.
In addition to its academic curriculum and programs, Marshall Road Elementary offers students a well-rounded education through various activities. The PTA sponsors sports, drama, and science clubs, providing students with opportunities to explore their interests beyond the classroom. Moreover, the school offers the following enrichment programs:
CARES Team: This program engages 5th and 6th graders in community service projects throughout the year, allowing them to actively contribute to their community while developing a sense of responsibility and empathy.
Safety Patrols: More than 50 5th and 6th-grade students are selected to serve as Safety Patrols, assisting their peers in safely arriving and departing from school. They guide other students within and outside the school, ensuring a secure environment for everyone.
Roadrunner Report News Show: This is the school’s morning news TV program, where 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to participate as part of the crew or even become anchors. It allows students to develop communication skills and gain firsthand experience in broadcast journalism.
If you’re considering a move to Vienna Woods or West Vienna Woods, Marshall Road Elementary School would be the designated school for your children. It falls under Region 1 and is part of the Madison Pyramid, providing a clear educational pathway to Thoreau Middle School, Jackson Middle School, Madison High School, and Oakton High School.
Cunningham Park Elementary School
Cunningham Park Elementary School, much like Marshall Road, falls within the top 50% of public schools in Virginia when considering math and reading proficiency test scores. According to Niche, it ranks as the 544th best public elementary school, while US News places it in the 827th to 1103rd range, making it the lowest-ranked elementary school on their list. However, it’s important to note that the opinions of students and parents about Cunningham Park are generally positive, as reflected in the 3.5-star rating on Niche and the 4.4-star rating on Great Schools.
Apart from understanding the school’s academic programs, it’s crucial to explore the extracurricular activities available at Cunningham Park, which contribute to a well-rounded school experience for your children. Some of these activities include the Chess Club, Safety Patrols, and Girls On The Run.
In addition, Cunningham Park provides a School-Aged Child Care (SACC) program, which offers before and after-school childcare services. This program operates during school days and even offers optional activities during school vacations, ensuring that working parents have reliable care for their children.
Similar to Marshall Road, Cunningham Park serves the residents of Vienna Woods and West Vienna Woods, depending on your specific address. The school falls under Region 1 and is part of the Madison Pyramid, leading its students to Thoreau Middle School, Madison High School, and Marshall High School.
Stenwood Elementary School
Stenwood Elementary School ranks in the top 20% of Virginia schools based on its overall test scores. It is recognized as the 34th-best public elementary school in the state, and it holds the 144th position according to two different platforms. While these rankings provide some insight, it’s important to consider the reviews from students and parents, which offer a more comprehensive understanding of the Stenwood school experience. With a 3.5-star rating on both Niche and Great Schools, Stenwood receives moderate praise compared to other schools on this list.
In addition to its strong academic curriculum, Stenwood offers Advanced Academic Programs (AAPs), Autism Classes, and other specialized programs to nurture students’ skills. To add excitement and engagement to the school experience, Stenwood provides a range of during and after-school activities. Some of these activities include the Go Green Club, Field Day, Grace Arts, Stinger Run Club, and even a Hip Hop Dance Class.
If you reside in the neighborhoods of Dunn Loring Woods or Stonewall Manor, Stenwood Elementary School is the designated school for your children. Stenwood is located within Region 2 and is part of the Marshall Pyramid. Thus’ Stenwood feeds into Kilmer Middle School, Thoreau Middle School, and ultimately, Marshall High School.
Mosaic Elementary School
Mosaic Elementary School, formerly known as Mosby Woods Elementary School, stands out as one of the top 5% of Virginia public schools. Its remarkable rankings include being recognized as the 5th best public elementary school in the state, the top-ranked elementary school in Fairfax County, and the 16th-best school of its kind on another platform. Based on these, Mosaic claims the title of the best elementary school on this list. However, it’s worth noting that the school receives a 3-star rating on Niche and a 4.2-star rating on Great Schools, where students and parents have the opportunity to share their experiences.
While academic competitiveness is certainly a priority, Mosaic goes beyond that by offering a range of activities to enrich students’ experiences. These activities include opportunities to participate in the school band, become members of the Safety Patrols, contribute to the Morning News Show, and join the Chess Club.
Moreover, Mosaic provides a School Age Child Care (SACC) program, offering both before and after-school care. This program fosters independent thinking skills while also encouraging creative expression and the development of meaningful relationships with peers.
Among the neighborhoods we’ve discussed above, Country Creek is the only community served by this school. Mosaic Elementary School is under Region 1 and is a part of the Oakton Pyramid, transitioning into Jackson Middle School and Oakton High School.
Thoreau Middle School
Thoreau Middle School stands out as a top 10% school in the state based on overall test scores. While its rankings vary across platforms, being recognized as the 20th and 107th best middle school in Virginia highlights its strong academic performance. However, it’s important to consider the reviews to gain a comprehensive understanding of Thoreau Middle School. What’s noteworthy is that Niche reviews, which award the school a 4.5-star rating, predominantly come from students and alumni, while reviews on Great Schools, which are mostly from parents, give it a 3-star rating. This is an interesting find, though we’ll leave the interpretation up to you, so it’s worth spending some time reading through these if you’re interested in Thoreau.
While academic excellence is a priority, Thoreau Middle School also emphasizes the holistic development of its students. The school has established a partnership with the Navy Federal Credit Union, which provides support to enhance student motivation and learning through various programs. Volunteers from the union offer weekly guidance and moral support to the students with the Mentor Program, they help ESOL students improve their English writing and language skills through the Pen Pal Program, and the union assists Thoreau students and families in need through direct donations.
In addition to these initiatives, Thoreau Middle School offers a wide range of activities and events throughout the year to enrich students’ school experience. Students can participate in clubs and organizations aligned with their interests, such as the Drama Club, Art Club, Film Club, Video Game Club, Journalism, Soccer Club, and Math Team.
Thoreau Middle School is part of Region 1 and is within the Madison Pyramid, which includes feeder elementary schools such as Louise Archer, Flint Hill, Marshall Road, Cunningham Park, and Stenwood. Students of this middle school go on to study at Madison High School, Marshall High School, and Oakton High School. These schools serve all the neighborhoods mentioned in the article, except for Wolf Trap Woods.
Kilmer Middle School
Kilmer Middle School, ranking in the top 20% of Virginia schools, holds the 30th and 84th positions among the state’s middle schools on different platforms. While student and parent reviews on Niche and Great Schools have given it a more moderate rating of 3.5 stars and 3.7 stars, respectively, Kilmer receives consistent praise for its Advanced Academic Program (AAP) and honors courses.
To further support academic development, Kilmer Middle School offers the Schoolwide Academic Support program, which provides additional assistance outside regular school hours. Here are some components of this program that contribute to students’ academic growth:
Advisory: Weekly check-ins during the 4th period for students to meet with advisory teachers to set their goals and gauge their academic readiness.
Learning Seminar: The goal of this class is to address a student’s needs in various ways through extended learning time with an assigned teacher.
Math Retake Center: This class is still in its pilot phase, hosted by the Math Department during the Learning Seminar.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Tutors: Students from Thomas Jefferson High School come to Kilmer Middle School to tutor the students with Math.
Teacher After School Days: All Kilmer Middle School teachers stay after school at least once a week for students to speak with them if they like.
In addition to academic programs, Kilmer Middle School offers a variety of extracurricular activities to provide students with a well-rounded school experience. Artistically-inclined students can build their portfolio through paintings, posters, and other artworks, that they can showcase at school shows. Those interested in music get opportunities to play at local festivals and concerts. Not to mention, Kilmer has numerous after-school clubs such as Theater Sports, Dr. Who Club, and Model United Nation, to cater to every student’s interests.
Kilmer Middle School is located in Region 2 and is part of the Marshall Pyramid, which feeds into Madison High School and Marshall High School. The elementary schools that feed into Kilmer are Wolftrap, Westbriar, and Stenwood. The neighborhoods of Dunn Loring Woods and Stonewall Manor are served by this middle school.
Jackson Middle School
Well, it looks like Jackson Middle School didn’t quite hit it out of the park when it comes to test scores and rankings. They fall in the bottom 50% of schools in Virginia and are ranked 98th and 160th among middle schools in the state. While it’s not the most impressive start, choosing a school is about more than just academics, right? You want to get a sense of the school environment too. So, let’s dig into some reviews and see if Jackson has any hidden strengths up its sleeve.
According to students’ and parents’ comments on Niche and Great Schools, Jackson got a 3-star and 3.6-star rating, respectively. So, it seems like Jackson is pretty average compared to the other middle schools on this list. We all know that online reviews can be a mixed bag, so take them with a grain of salt. We’re just here to give you information that we’ve found.
Now, let’s take a look at Jackson’s school website. It’s clear that they’re all about honing their students’ STEM skills. They have an ESTEEM Center which provides learners with a strong foundation in advanced STEM to prepare them for high school and ultimately serves as a path to a relevant career.
Jackson knows that a well-rounded education isn’t just about academics. They understand the importance of extracurricular activities too. Learners can be a part of the school newspaper, The Jackson Journal, the Jackson Theater, and even various after-school activities that let students unleash their creativity, show off their athletic prowess, and more.
Jackson Middle School is under Region 2 and is a part of the Falls Church Pyramid. Based on the middle school boundaries map, it doesn’t serve any neighborhoods mentioned above. However, elementary schools that do serve Vienna residents feed into Jackson, such as Marshall Road Elementary Schooll and Mosaic Elementary School. Jackson, in turn, feeds into Oakton High School and Falls Church High School.
Longfellow Middle School
The best-performing middle school on this list is Longfellow Middle School, a top 1% school, based on overall test scores. They’ve earned the impressive titles of 3rd and 12th best middle school in the state. Here’s the twist: the ratings are a bit hazy. Longfellow snags a 3.5-star rating on Niche, which isn’t bad, but on Great School, they’re sitting at a 2.8-star rating, the lowest of any school on this list. It’s a real head-scratcher, especially since reviews about the school contradict each other.
However, these reviews don’t deny that Longfellow performs well due to its rigorous academic program. And it’s not all about hitting the books here. As Longfellow offers a ton of after-school activities for your little ones to explore their passions. From debate and rocketry to football and soccer, they’ve got it all. Longfellow is all about nurturing those interests and helping your kids become well-rounded individuals.
As with Jackson Middle School, Longfellow is under Region 2 and its school boundaries are outside Vienna. However, Colvin Run Elementary School, which serves the Wolf Trap Woods neighborhood, feeds into this middle school. In turn, Longfellow Middle School, a part of the McLean Pyramid, feeds into McLean High School.
Cooper Middle School
Last on the list is Cooper Middle School, a top 5% Virginia school based on overall test scores ranking as the 12th and 14th best middle school in the state. To students and parents though, Cooper only gets a rating of 3 and 3.7 stars on Niche and Great Schools, respectively. Numerous comments, both positive and negative, are about the school’s rigorous, self-advocacy approach to preparing students for high school. Whether this is a good thing or not, we’ll leave that up to you.
We’ve reached the end of our middle school list with Cooper Middle School. These guys are part of the top 5% of Virginia schools when it comes to overall test scores, ranking as the 12th and 14th best middle school in the state. Although students and parents have mixed feelings about the school, giving Cooper a rating of 3 stars on Niche and 3.7 stars on Great Schools. While some praise the school’s self-advocacy approach to preparing students for high school, others have their reservations. We’ll let you be the judge of that though.
Now, let’s talk academics. Cooper Middle School is all about that challenging and engaging core curriculum, and they’re known for their AAP program. And let’s not forget about the after-school scene. When the final bell rings, the fun continues with the after-school program.
They’ve got two sessions: Session A from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM and Session B from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. You can swing by and pick up your kids at the end of each session. If not, Cooper keeps the fun going with open gym time until 5:00 PM, when the late buses roll in to whisk the kids away.
Cooper knows that keeping those young minds active and inspired is key, so they offer a range of after-school activities for students to dive into, like drama, basketball, movie club, and fantasy football, among others.
Cooper Middle School is under Region 1 and is a part of the Langley Pyramid, feeding into Langley High School. The only elementary school on this list that feeds into Cooper is Colvin Run, and both of these schools serve the Wolf Trap Woods neighborhood. Cooper, in turn, feeds into Langley High School.
Oakton High School
First on the list is Oakton High School, which has math and reading proficiency scores above the state average, making it a top 20% Virginia School. Both Niche and US News rank Oakton High School as the 6th best public high school in Virginia, which is a testament to the school’s top-notch performance.
How’s the school rated by students and parents, though? On Niche and Great Schools, Oakton boasts a 3.5-star and 3.6-star rating, respectively. While the ratings may not blow you away compared to their academic rankings, consider this: the earlier reviews were a bit critical, but in recent years, Oakton has been getting some seriously positive feedback. So, that should give you a little more peace of mind if you’re thinking about sending your kids there.
Oakton’s crown jewel is its Advanced Placement (AP) courses, praised by parents and students alike, with one Almuna’s on Niche even mentioning that Oakton’s higher-level classes were like a college prep crash course—getting them ready for the academic rigors of higher education.
While that’s impressive, Oakton knows that academics aren’t the only thing to think about. They know that a well-balanced education is key, so they offer a whole bunch of activities to enrich their students’ lives. There’s the Cougar Athletics, National Honor Society, Opus Arts, and Literary Magazine, their award-winning Performing Arts program, the student-run Oakton Outlook magazine, and a ton of other diverse clubs and activities that’ll cater to anyone’s interest. And while you’re at it, take a peek at Oakton’s FCPS Programs to give you an overview of everything this school has to offer.
Here’s another thing that’ll make you interested in Oakton: the school received a College Success Award from Great Schools twice in 2020 and 2021, showcasing its excellence in preparing students for the next chapter of their academic journey.
Now, if you’ve got your eye on the Country Creek neighborhood, Oakton High School serves that area and sits right beside it. And let’s not forget the schools that feed into Oakton—Marshall Road and Mosaic elementary schools, as well as Thoreau and Jackson middle schools.
Madison High School
To the northwest of Oakton High’s boundary immediately lies Madison High School’s boundary, and this is another top 20% school based on its overall test scores. On Niche, they’ve secured 10th place as the best public high school in the state. While US News has a different take on it, placing them in 231st place.
While Madison has a lower ranking than Oakton, it’s been getting some love from students and parents. Madison High School has nabbed a solid 4-star rating on Niche and an impressive 4.1 stars on Great Schools across a sea of reviews! And just like Oakton, Madison also snagged that coveted College Success Award in 2020 for its outstanding work in preparing students for college.
Madison High School is all about encouraging students to take on challenging classes that’ll make them grow. Their Advanced Placement and Honors Courses are the real deal does the job of challenging students and helping them reach their full potential. While academics here are great, it’s not the only thing Madison High focuses on when it comes to their student’s development.
They’ve got the Madison Warhawk Athletics for those who love sports, a top-notch choir, theatre arts, and orchestra all thanks to their incredible Performing Arts department. That’s not all as Madison High offers a bunch of clubs and events that’ll cater to every student’s interests. And if your kid has a knack for writing, they’ve got school publications like The Heritage, their literary magazine, and The Hawk Talk, their student newspaper.
Numerous elementary schools feed into Madison High, such as Wolftrap, Westbriar, Louise Archer, Flint Hill, Marshall Road, and Cunningham Park. When it comes to middle schools, it gets its students from Thoreau and Kilmer. If you’re interested in sending your kids to Madison High School, it serves the neighorhoods of Vienna Woods and West Vienna Woods.
Marshall High School
The next stop on our list is Marshall High School, whose academic performance at Marshall falls within the fair range when compared to other high schools in the area. They’ve secured a spot in the top 50% of Virginia schools based on their overall test scores.
What’s interesting is that Niche rates Marshall as the 29th-best public high school, but US News has them ranked in an impressive 5th place. The difference in these ratings can be attributed to their evaluation criteria. US News focuses primarily on academic scores and graduation rates, while Niche takes a more comprehensive approach to grading.
While there’s some disparity in rankings, when it comes to reviews, Marshall High has managed to maintain a solid reputation. Students’ and parents’ reviews Niche give Marshall a well-deserved 4-star rating, and Great Schools follows closely behind with a respectable 3.9 stars. In fact, one reviewer on Great Schools even defended Marshall’s lower ratings, highlighting a key distinguishing factor that sets this school apart, which is its International Baccalaureate program.
Instead of AP exams, Marshall offers its students the opportunity to earn college credits through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. This unique feature allows students to pursue higher education at international schools, opening up a world of possibilities. And if your children need any assistance navigating the college journey, Marshall has a dedicated College and Career Center that provides support ranging from test preparation to internships to college applications. Just like the previous schools we’ve covered, Marshall also received the esteemed College Success Award in 2020 and 2021.
Marshall’s offerings don’t stop there. They have additional academic programs to sharpen their students’ skills, such as the Marshall Saturday School and the Marshall STEM Academy. And when it comes to the overall school experience, Marshall aims to provide a diverse and engaging environment. They offer a wide range of activities for students to explore, including student publications, athletics, clubs and organizations, honor societies, performing arts, and leadership groups through the SGA.
If the idea of an International Baccalaureate School sparks your interest, you might want to consider moving to Dunn Loring Woods or Stonewall Manor, as Marshall High serves these neighborhoods. Additionally, the elementary schools that feed into Marshall include Wolftrap, Westbriar, Cunningham Park, and Stenwood, while the middle schools are Thoreau and Kilmer.
McLean High School
Now we’re onto one of the best schools in the county, McLean High School. When it comes to math and reading proficiency, McLean ranks in the top 20% of schools in the state. While that’s impressive, here’s the kicker – according to Niche and US News, it’s actually the 3rd-best public high school in the whole of Virginia! That’s a pretty impressive achievement, considering these rankings follow different criteria.
Now, I know those rankings can be tempting, but smart parents like you know better than to rely on them alone, right? Well, McLean has some stellar ratings from students and parents too. They’ve got a solid 4-star rating on Niche and a respectable 3.7 stars on Great Schools. People generally love everything from the challenging curriculum to the approachable teachers.
Digging a little bit deeper, McLean is famous for its advanced academic programs that take things to a whole new level. We’re talking about courses like Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Honors Courses. These programs give eager students that extra academic challenge, helping them push their academic boundaries and expand their knowledge.
Let’s not focus on this alone, as it’s not all about academics at McLean! They know how to provide a well-rounded experience for their students too through various activities. Whr child is interested in joining athletics, honor societies, performing arts, taking part in student publications, or more, McLean has got them covered. The school boasts an extensive list of clubs and organizations, and they even encourage students to start new ones! It’s a place where passions thrive and students can truly make their mark.
And guess what? McLean’s stellar performance has earned them not one, but two College Success Awards, one for 2020 and another for 2021, further solidifying their commitment to preparing students for higher education.
It’s worth noting that while McLean High School used to serve the Wolf Trap Woods neighborhood, it has now been rezoned to Langley High School. However, the schools that serve Wolf Trap Woods, namely Colvin Run Elementary School and Longfellow Middle School, continue to feed into McLean High School.
Langley High School
Finally, we’re onto McLean High’s biggest competitor on this list, Langley High School. Now, according to Public School Review, Langley is classified as a top 30% school based on overall test scores, which is a lower ranking than McLean. Yet other platforms have a glowing review on this school, as one ranks it as the 4th best public school in Virginia, while another puts it at a jaw-dropping 2nd place in the whole state.
Do the students and parents at Langley feel that these ratings are justified though? Well, the school does have a 3.5-star rating on Niche and a modest 3 stars on Great Schools. These maybe not be as high as you’d expect considering its impressive rankings. Although recent reviews that have been pouring in are giving Langley over 3-star ratings. Looks like this school has been on the upswing and gaining some serious momentum.
This may be due to Langley’s knack for preparing students for college. Students praise the school for setting them up for success in higher education, and to prove this, Langley has bagged the prestigious College Success Award twice in 2020 and 2021.
How do they do it, you ask? Well, Langley encourages their students to take on academically challenging courses. We’re talking about those Advanced Placement (AP) classes, where students can dive into college-level studies, and Langley is known for this rigorous program. Plus, there’s the option to jump into Dual Enrollment courses, where they can earn credits for both high school and college.
It’s not all work and no play at Langley though. They know how to balance it out and make sure students have a blast too. From athletics to Honor Societies, Performing Arts to the Student Government, there’s a whole world of extracurricular activities for your kids to dive into. And let’s not forget the diverse array of clubs and organizations where they can find their tribe. Langley is all about giving their students a well-rounded experience that they’ll treasure.
Now here’s a little fun fact for you: even though Langley High School is in McLean, it serves the Vienna neighborhood of Wolf Trap Woods. The schools that feed into it are Colvin Run Elementary School and Cooper Middle School. So, if you’re eyeing Langley, you know where to move into!
Now that we’ve covered Vienna’s schools, let’s talk about what you need to consider when the school bell rings: your childcare options. Because let’s face it, between juggling work, errands, and all the responsibilities that come with being a parent, we all need a little help, right?
You don’t have to worry much about this, as Vienna has a range of top-notch childcare options to give you a hand. So in the next section, we’ll be covering this crucial aspect for all you busy parents out there!
Vienna sure has a lot of families with kids running around! With over half of the residents being married couples and an average family size of 3.38, it’s safe to say that children are a big part of the community. And if you’re one of the hardworking parents in town, finding the right childcare option is a big consideration.
Now, when it comes to choosing a childcare provider, you want to be extra careful. After all, you’re entrusting someone else with the care of your little one. So, one of the first things to check is whether they have a Fairfax County permit to operate a childcare program. This permit ensures that the provider meets certain standards, including regular health and safety inspections, CPR and first aid certification, background checks, tuberculosis screening, and ongoing professional development. You want your child in good hands, right?
To help kick-start your search, you can hop over to Fairfax County’s database of licensed centers. They’ve got a handy search feature that makes it easier to find childcare providers that meet your requirements.
Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the cost. Just like everything else in Vienna, childcare doesn’t come cheap. The average daycare costs here are a whopping 54% higher than the statewide average. For full-time infant care in a daycare center, you’re looking at an annual cost of around $20,540, which breaks down to roughly $395 per week. If you opt for home daycare, the average cost drops a bit to around $15,860 annually, or about $305 each week. Keep in mind, these numbers are specific to Vienna, based on data from CareLuLu. If you prefer estimates from the Fairfax County government, they’ve got a handy table of weekly rates you can check out below.
As you can see, actual childcare prices greatly vary depending on the age of your child and the care that they need. So as you can expect, infant childcare costs way more because of the lower carer-to-child ratio, as those little bundles of joy need extra attention and care.
Now, we get it. Childcare services in Vienna can put a dent in your wallet. But don’t worry, Fairfax County understands the struggle and has got your back. They offer a Child Care Assistance program for families who could use a little extra help, based on several eligibility requirements. If you fall into the low to moderate-income category or have children in Foster Care or the Child Protective Services System, you might be eligible. They’ve also got provisions for families with children with special needs. It’s all about making sure every child gets the care they deserve.
There’s more to childcare in Vienna as Fairfax County also offers School Age Child Care (SACC) programs in most public elementary schools, including Cunningham Park Elementary School, Wolftrap Elementary School, Mosaic Elementary School, and Kilmer Middle School. These programs are a lifesaver for busy parents. They provide before-school and after-school childcare for kindergarten to sixth-grade children, Monday to Friday. Mornings start bright and early at 7:00 AM, and afternoons go until 6:15 PM. Plus, SACC is available during school vacations throughout seasons and even has youth programs for ages 5 to 21 at Key and Kilmer Centers, keeping the little ones entertained!
Now, let’s talk fees. SACC has a sliding fee scale based on your income, with a $45 annual fee. They also take deductions, like medical bills, into account. For example, if your adjusted household income is $52,999 or below, you’re looking at $6 for the before-school program and $17 for the after-school program. That’s for one child, mind you. And if your child is enrolled in both programs, you get a sweet 5% discount, totaling $22. If you have two or more kids in the mix, you’ll enjoy a 10% discount for the second child, 20% for the third, and a whopping 30% for every additional child. Now, that’s what we call a family-friendly deal!
If you prefer a private family childcare option, Vienna has got you covered too. There are plenty of fantastic choices out there. M & M Child Care specializes in infant care, while Infants & Toddlers’ World Child Care caters to all little ones. And if you have young children and school-aged children, Kiddies Time Family Daycare is the place to be.
Looking for top-rated daycare centers in Vienna? Care has got you covered! They’ve compiled a list of the best daycare centers in town. We’ve created a table below with some of the best ones, complete with locations and rates.
Other independent centers, like Stemtree Education Center, go the extra mile to make busy parents’ lives easier. Stemtree offers before and after school programs, and on top of that, pick-up services at elementary schools in Vienna for your convenience. There’s more here as Stemtree also offers homeschool programs, tutoring, camps, and other fun activities for your kids, serving as a one-stop-shop for all your kid’s educational adventures.
Before you make a final decision, remember to do your due diligence when it comes to family childcare providers. Of course, having that all-important Fairfax County permit is a must, though it’s not just about paperwork. You want to feel confident that your kids are in good hands, right?
Take the time to ask them a few important questions and get to know them a bit more. Guess What? Fairfax County even helps you with this, as they have handy tips in choosing the right daycare and they’ve also prepared a series of questions that you can ask childcare providers! Some questions lifted from this source include the following:
Are the children spending time outdoors every day? Where do they go for outdoor play?
Do you have an Emergency Plan that you can share with me?
What are your health and safety practices?
Remember, when it comes to childcare, you’re the boss. So ask away and observe during your facility visits. After all, nothing matters more than your kids’ well-being.
Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of childcare options in Vienna, it’s time to talk about healthcare, another crucial aspect of family life. We all know that staying healthy is a top priority, and luckily, Vienna has got you covered in that department too. Let’s dive into your healthcare options more in the following section!
When it comes to your health, it’s crucial to know what healthcare options are available in your new neighborhood. Although you need to go out of town for them, in Vienna, you’ll have easy access to some top-notch hospitals, including the best one in the state.
Inova Fairfax Hospital takes the crown as the best hospital in Virginia, ranking first in both adult and pediatric specialties, according to U.S. News. They excel in five adult specialties and seventeen procedures or conditions, earning them a “high performing” status. Even though it’s technically in Falls Church, don’t worry, it’s just a short 12-minute drive, or 4.8 miles, away from Vienna. Inova Fairfax Hospital offers a wide range of services, from heart and vascular care to orthopedics and emergency care, covering almost every health service you’d need, when you need it.
Besides Inova Fairfax, there are several other top-notch hospitals in Vienna’s vicinity, all conveniently located within 11 miles of the town. Here are a few notable ones to keep in mind: