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The City of Fairfax, colloquially Fairfax City or Fairfax, a city Virginia in the Washington DC metro area. As of 2014, the population was 24,483. The City of Fairfax lies within Fairfax County, however, the latter is a separate political entity..
George Mason University (GMU) is located in Fairfax, whcih had a student population of 33,917 in 2013. Fairfax was ranked Number 3 in the "Top 25 Places to Live Well" by Forbes Magazine in 2013. Forbes lauded Fairfax for its exemplary public school system and high average income.