McLean, Va

Located just ten miles west of Washington, DC in Fairfax County, McLean is one of Northern Virginia’s premier suburbs for affluent professionals and their families. Fairfax County is known for its high incomes and even higher home prices, and McLean is no exception. The quality of life here is virtually unparalleled within Virginia, combining high-end suburban amenities with easy access to Washington, thanks to excellent public transportation. 

 Fairfax County public schools, where McLean students are zoned, are among the best in the state. Education is given high priority here. Many schools offer excellent sports programs, and most balance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with the arts and humanities. Students have opportunities for field trips to the many educational museums and zoos in the area. The school ranking organization Great Schools gives several McLean schools a 10 out of 10 rating. Average test scores in McLean are 95 percent, compared to the state average of 81 percent, and are much higher than the national average of 68 percent. The Fairfax County public library system is fantastic, with ongoing community events like author visits, classes, concerts, and book sales as well as special events throughout the yea 

Shopping has been elevated to an art form in the McLean area, thanks to its residents’ high disposable incomes. Tysons Corner Center was, at one time, the largest mall in the nation, and it’s still the largest in Virginia. It boasts more than 300 stores and 2.4 million square feet of retail space. Just across the street is the more upscale Tysons Galleria, with an additional 120 shops and service locations. The Galleria features designer boutiques like Chanel, Versace, and Ferragamo.


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