Great Falls, Virginia, USA

🇺🇸 Great Falls is a place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. CNNMoney ranked Great Falls first in the nation on its list of "top earning towns" in 2011. Located on Virginia State Route 7 in Northern Virginia, Great Falls is 15 miles (24 km) west-northwest of downtown Washington, D.C. and 10.5 miles (16.9 km) north of Fairfax, the county seat.

Great Falls lies in the Piedmont upland on the right bank of the Potomac River. The Potomac River forms the northern and eastern borders of the CDP, and several of its tributaries flow north and east through the CDP. From north to south, these include Nichols Run, Clarks Branch, and Difficult Run. Difficult Run forms the southern border of the CDP. Two of its tributaries, Captain Hickory Run and Piney Run, flow south-east through the southern part of the CDP. The Great Falls of the Potomac River, the community's namesake, are on the east side of the CDP.

As a suburb of Washington, D.C., Great Falls is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the larger Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. It is bordered on all sides by other Washington suburbs, including: Darnestown and Travilah, Maryland to the north, Potomac, Maryland to the east, McLean to the south-east, Wolf Trap to the south, Reston and Dranesville to the south-west, Sterling to the west, and Lowes Island to the north-west.

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Great Falls has a population of over 16,290 people. Great Falls also forms part of the wider Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area which has a population of over 9,764,315 people. Great Falls is situated 17 km north of Fairfax.

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