From its founding as a small crossroads community more than 300 years ago, Falls Church has retained its distinct identity, despite the rapid growth of Northern Virginia. Since 1948, Falls Church has been an independent city (not part of any county), encompassing 2.2 square miles. Falls Church has its own elected local government, taxing authority and school system. Today, the City of Falls Church includes vibrant neighborhoods, thriving businesses, and historic attractions. Falls Church is a partner with neighboring communities in regional activities.
History: Falls Church was first settled around 1700 in Fairfax County. It was incorporated as a town in 1875 and originally extended into Arlington (then known as "Alexandria County"). In 1938, the Arlington portion withdrew from the town. In 1948, Falls Church withdrew from Fairfax County and became an independent city.
NOTE: Most "Falls Church" postal addresses are actually in Fairfax County, not in the City of Falls Church. Also, the "East Falls Church" neighborhood is in Arlington County, not in the City of Falls Church.
Population: 10,000 (2000 census)
Registered voters: 7,600 total; 7,200 active (as of Dec. 2007)
Wards: 5 (see list of polling places)
Falls Church city government
The city is governed by a 7-member City Council, which elects one of its members to serve as Mayor. Council members are elected at-large to staggered 4-year terms. Council elections are held in the spring of even-numbered years; the races are non-partisan.