Great Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax CountyVirginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 15,427, an increase of 80.5% from the 2000 census.

CNNMoney ranked Great Falls first in the nation on its list of “top earning towns” in 2011.

Education

Fairfax County Public Schools operates the local public schools.

Great Falls students attend Great Falls Elementary School, Forestville Elementary School or Colvin Run Elementary School. These schools feed into James Fenimore Cooper Middle School, the feeder for Langley High School.

Fairfax County Public Library operates the Great Falls Library.

Transportation

The main roads serving Great Falls are Virginia State Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and Virginia State Route 193 (Georgetown Pike).

Parks and recreation

Although Great Falls is primarily a bedroom community for Washington, D.C., one major attraction is Great Falls Park which overlooks the Great Falls of the Potomac River, for which the community and the park are named. George Washington was involved with building a canal around the falls on the southwest, or Virginia, side, called the Patowmack Canal, which did not become commercially viable. Remnants of the canal and of a village around the canal named Matildaville are still visible in the park. The Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad extended along Old Dominion Drive to Great Falls Park in 1906.

River Bend County Park is another gathering area in Great Falls, as is the Village Green, which hosts community celebrations around Easter (Spring Festival, including an Egg Hunt), Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (Tree Lighting), as well as concerts in the summer.

Notable people

Due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., several figures from American politics and government live or have lived in Great Falls, including Senator Rick Santorum, former United States Surgeon General Kenneth MoritsuguFederal Bureau of Investigation director Louis Freeh and former Central Intelligence Agency director Stansfield Turner. Other famous residents have included political commentator Peggy Noonan, heiress Jacqueline Mars, businessman Steve Case, and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder as well as astronaut Dan Tani.

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Source: Wikipedia