Overview

The City of Falls Church is a unique and historic city with a variety of restaurants and shops that reflect the city's great ethnic and cultural diversity. You'll find a warm welcome in the “Little City,” and it is our hope that you will be an active part of the community, so shop, play, stay for a while, and join us in the many activities offered throughout the year.

Government
The city operates under the Council-Manager form of government and is one of the two geographically smallest cities in Virginia, at only 2.2 square miles. With a population of 14,183, the city is known for its urban village community, quality customer service, nationally ranked school system, environmental activism, and endless community activities.

Location
The city is conveniently located just six miles from Washington, DC. Falls Church is easily access by Interstates 66 and 495, Route 50, the East Falls Church (Orange & Silver Lines) and West Falls Church (Orange Line) Metro Stations, and by a number of bus routes.

City of Falls Church location

History
Falls Church dates back to the late 1600s as an early Colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. The community was established around The Falls Church (Episcopal) that was founded in 1734. Falls Church became a township in 1875 and an independent city in 1948, when parents successfully obtained its separation from Fairfax County in an effort to establish a highly acclaimed school system. More information about the city's storied past is available at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Local History Room.