The latest, December 2013 U.S. Census report continues to show the City of Falls Church in the top spot in the U.S. for percentage of adults with college degrees and advanced degrees, for average household and family incomes, and households earning $155,000 or higher. So reported Ken Billingsley of the Northern Virginia Regional Planning Commission Sunday at a meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Falls Church at the F.C. Community Center entitled, “Falls Church’s Tomorrow: Exploring Development and Land Use Options.”
The City is at the center of “the largest concentration of highly educated people in the U.S.,” Billingsley went on. Here, 73 percent of adults graduated college, compared to the national average of 29 percent, and 43 percent have advanced degrees, compared to 11 percent nationally. But also, he said, the City has a lower percentage of “millennials” (persons aged 20-34) than elsewhere in the region, and a higher percentage of “baby boomers” (those aged 50-64). It has the lowest percentage of African-Americans (four percent compared to 12 percent in the region), and high home prices are given as the cause.
The City’s home values are the ninth highest in the U.S. and that includes places like Manhattan, San Francisco and Nantucket. It also reflects the regional turnover rate of 45 percent of the population every five years.