I live in Stafford, Va., about 20 miles from Fairfax. Virginia is a great state (commonwealth). I am a transplant from Maryland. Fairfax County is a little higher taxed area but in return you get some of the best schools in the country. Cost of living is a little higher than most areas in Va. since it is a close suburb of Washington D.C. Always ranks as one of the richest counties in the U.S.