McLean Info

McLean, VA is an unincorporated area in the northwest part of Fairfax County, just a few miles from the Nation’s capital. According to the United States Census Bureau, McLean has a total area of 18.5 square miles, and a total population of 38,929 (2000 Census).

McLean frequently appears in lists of the most exclusive and wealthy communities. Forbes estimates McLean’s average household income at $195,376 (2010), while CNN Money named McLean as the 8th of the top 25 earning towns in the country. In 2009, BizJournals ranked McLean as the wealthiest community in the country.

As the fastest growing city in Virginia (according to Forbes magazine), McLean is home to many large companies such as Freddie Mac, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Gannett, Hilton Hotels and Mars. McLean is also home to two famous shopping malls, Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.

McLean, VA Business Center

Also, due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., many diplomats, members of congress and federal government officials choose to live in McLean.

McLean schools are part of Fairfax County Public Schools – with two public high schools Langley High School and McLean High School, both which consistently rank in the top 100 schools in nation, and other highly regarded private schools.

McLean offers a wide range of community activities and opportunities for its citizens to get involved, including the McLean Citizens Association, The McLean Chamber of Commerce, the McLean Symphony Orchestra, McLean Theater, and many more.

McLean was founded in 1910 when the communities of Langley and Lewinsville merged. McLean, received its name from John Roll McLean, a former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, who built in 1906 the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway (later the Washington and Old Dominion Railway), which connected the area with Washington, D.C.