Springfield, Virginia is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in the northern part of the state. In 2010, the population was 30,484. Springfield occupies 7.88 square miles and is located about 15 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
The history of Fairfax County tells of British colonization and the emergence of the United States. It begins with early explorers, such as Captain John Smith, who journeyed into the area on the Potomac in the early 1600s. King Charles II granted the land to a group of men in 1649; in the early 18th century it became the property of a Lord Fairfax. The county was officially created by the Virginia Assembly in 1741.
The climate in Springfield (Fairfax County) is close to average for precipitation, temperature, and comfort compared to all U.S. cities. It receives about 41.5 inches of rain and 21.5 inches of snow annually. The warmest month, July, sees average daily highs of 88°F (U.S. average is 86°F) and the chilliest month, January, brings average low temperatures of 24°F (U.S. average is 23°F).
You’ll find a choice of options for public bus and rail transit in Fairfax County: Metrorail, Metrobus, and Fairfax Connector. The average commute takes about 30 minutes. A well-developed system of roadways serves vehicle traffic. It includes two interstate highways (I-95/395 and I-495). Springfield is about a 45-minute drive from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C.
Cost of Living in Springfield
Be prepared to pay a hefty premium for living in Springfield, Virginia. Compared to the rest of the country, your dollar is worth only about 70 cents. The biggest hit to your pocket book will be housing—it costs 2.5 times more than the average across the U.S. How far will your earnings go in Springfield? Use the links below to find out.
Springfield’s 23 public schools serve students from grades K through 12 and are under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County Public Schools. There are almost as many private schools, including faith-based institutions. You’ll also find five major colleges in Fairfax County as well as several dozen others located throughout the Washington D.C. area. Two of the more notable local institutions: George Mason University (approx. 34,000 enrollment) and Northern Virginia Community College.
Springfield residents have access to healthcare at 50 hospitals located within 30 miles. The closest facilities are part of Inova—a network of five hospitals located throughout northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. area. The Inova Fairfax Hospital is nationally ranked in one children’s specialty and rated high performing in five procedures and conditions.
Springfield Real Estate
Springfield CDP comprises 24 neighborhoods. In 2010, the U.S. Census counted 10,630 housing units. Sixty-three percent of these homes were owner-occupied with a median value estimated at $395,000. The monthly cost of homeownership is $2,317 with a mortgage and $579 without a mortgage. The median monthly expenses for renters are $1,829.
You’ll find several lodging options along I-95/395 which runs from Springfield north to Washington D.C. These include well-known names offering a range amenities and prices: Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Hilton, Comfort Inn, and Motel 6. You will also find several B&Bs in the Springfield and surrounding area.
For a smaller community, Springfield offers a variety of good restaurants. Among the more popular spots are Mike’s American Grill, a classic steakhouse for lunch and dinner. If you’re hungry for Mediterranean, Eleni’s Greek Taverna creates an authentic Greek family dining experience with generous servings. Try the Greek style burger made with lamb and beef. For a hearty Pakistani meal, get in line at Dera Restaurant’s lunch buffet.
Things to Do in Springfield
A visit to Springfield offers an excellent chance to immerse yourself in U.S. history—Washington D.C. is just a short drive to the north. However, if your family is looking for things to do in Springfield, you might enjoy a trip to the Hidden Pond Nature Center and its adjacent Pohick Stream Valley Park. Lake Accotink Park is another popular family destination. You can ride the carousel, play miniature golf, or rent a bike or a boat and command your own adventure.