Falls Church, Virginia

Falls Church is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[2] As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,658.[3] Falls Church is included in the Washington metropolitan area.

Falls Church, Virginia
City of Falls Church
Downtown Falls Church
Location of Falls Church in Virginia
Falls Church
Falls Church
Falls Church
Coordinates: 38°53′09″N 77°10′20″W
Country United States
State Virginia
Pre-incorporation County Fairfax County (None after Incorporation – Independent city)
Settledc. 1699
Incorporated (town)1875
Incorporated (city)1948
Government
  TypeCouncil–manager
  MayorDavid Tarter
Area
  Total2.05 sq mi (5.30 km2)
  Land2.05 sq mi (5.30 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
328 ft (99 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Total14,658
  Density7,200/sq mi (2,800/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
22040, 22042, 22044, 22046
Area code(s)703 and 571
FIPS code51-27200
GNIS feature ID1495526[2]
Websitefallschurchva.gov
Sister city is Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo

Taking its name from The Falls Church, an 18th-century Church of England (later Episcopal Church) parish, Falls Church gained township status within Fairfax County in 1875. In 1948, it was incorporated as the City of Falls Church, an independent city with county-level governance status although it is not a county.[4]

The city's corporate boundaries do not include all of the area historically known as Falls Church; these areas include portions of Seven Corners and other portions of the current Falls Church postal districts of Fairfax County, as well as the area of Arlington County known as East Falls Church, which was part of the town of Falls Church from 1875 to 1936.[5] For statistical purposes, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Falls Church with Fairfax City and Fairfax County.

At 2.11 square miles, Falls Church is the smallest incorporated municipality in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the smallest county-equivalent municipality in the United States.


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