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Fairfax County in VA has the smallest drop in unemployment rate over the last 4 years (-1.2%) among the 180 counties with at least 376,353 in population in 2015 (Fairfax County in VA is at 1,142,234). That -1.2% compares to an average of -3.7% across those 180 counties. Also, that -1.2% represents a drop from 4.8% to 3.6%.

Fairfax County in VA has these related standings among those 180 counties:

  • change in unemployment rate over the last 4 years = -1.2% (the highest)

  • unemployment rate = 3.6% (14th-lowest, tied)

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exceeded Montgomery County in MD (-1.3%), Bernalillo County in NM (-1.3%), Jefferson Parish in LA (-1.5%), Oklahoma County in OK (-1.5%), and Douglas County in NE (-1.6%), and 174 others, ending with San Joaquin County in CA (-7.3%).

References

  1. population in 2015. Population estimate in county as of July 1st. Source: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/atlas-of-rural-and-small-town-america.aspx.
  2. change in unemployment rate over the last 4 years. Lower values are better. Change in unemployment rate from 2011 to 2015. Source data: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/atlas-of-rural-and-small-town-america.aspx.

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Fairfax County in VA is in Virginia, is in the Southern states, in the East Coast states, high in creative professions, contains a high-density urban area, improved or maxed out on all the obesity and diabetes change metrics (there is 4 of these, and each county needs at least 3 with actual values to qualify), is economically non-specialized, saw little change in onshore oil production, and saw little change in natural-gas production.

 

     Numeric values:
  • median household income ($110,507)
  • per-capita income ($51,137)
  • median rent for a 3-bedroom unit ($2,300)
  • median rent for a 1-bedroom unit ($1,513)
  • median rent for a 0-bedroom (studio/efficiency) unit ($1,440)
  • proportion of veterans who are male (85.9%)
  • owner-occupied housing (68.2%)
  • residents employed in services (66.6%)
  • adults of age 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher (59.2%)
  • white non-Hispanic population (54.6%)
  • change, relative to its home state, in per-capita income (+50.6%)
  • religious adherents (45.0%)
  • change in median rent for a 0-bedroom (studio/efficiency) unit over the last decade (+45.0%)
  • adults of age 25+ with less than a bachelor's degree (40.8%)
  • change in median rent for a 3-bedroom unit over the last decade (+39.0%)
  • adults of age 25+ with less than an associate's degree (35.4%)
  • change in median rent for a 1-bedroom unit over the last decade (+33.0%)
  • foreign-born population (29.8%)
  • adults of age 25+ with no college credits (21.3%)
  • female obesity (20.3%)
  • obesity (20.1%)
  • male obesity (19.9%)
  • Asian population (17.4%)
  • Catholics (17.0%)
  • Hispanic population (15.6%)
  • proportion of veterans who are female (14.1%)
  • residents employed in government (12.6%)
  • non-English speaking households (11.3%)
  • population age 65 or older (9.8%)
  • residents who are veterans (9.8%)
  • Evangelical Protestants (9.6%)
  • female-headed family households (9.3%)
  • Mainline Protestants (9.3%)
  • Caribbean-born population (9.1%)
  • black non-Hispanic population (8.9%)
  • poverty rate for children age 0-17 (8.7%)
  • adults of age 25+ with no high school diploma or GED (8.1%)
  • poverty rate (6.7%)
  • adults of age 65+ living alone (6.5%)
  • enrollment frequency in a health plan through HealthCare.gov (6.4%)
  • residents who have diabetes (6.2%)
  • change in population from 2010-2015 (+5.6%)
  • Mexican-born population (5.3%)
  • change in population from 2010-2015 due to net international immigration (+4.9%)
  • United Methodists (4.9%)
  • multi-racial population (4.1%)
  • farmland (3.7%)
  • unemployment rate (3.6%)
  • deep-poverty rate for children age 0-17 (3.3%)
  • Southern Baptists (3.1%)
  • unemployment rate for veterans (3.0%)
  • residents employed in manufacturing (2.9%)
  • deep-poverty rate (2.7%)
  • European-born population (2.3%)
  • Mormons (1.5%)
  • change in unemployment rate over the last 8 years (+1.4%)
  • Evangelical Lutherans (1.1%)
  • change in population from 2010-2015 due to net inbound migration (+0.5%)
  • difference in obesity prevalence among women over men (0.4%)
  • Native American non-Hispanic population (0.2%)
  • residents employed in agriculture or other resource-based industries (0.2%)
  • Central or South American-born population (0.0%)
  • African-born population (0.0%)
  • Asian-born population (0.0%)
  • difference in obesity prevalence among men over women (-0.4%)
  • change over 9 years in the prevalence of diabetes (-0.4%)
  • change over 4 years in the prevalence of male obesity (-0.5%)
  • change in unemployment rate over the last 4 years (-1.2%)
  • change, relative to its home state, in the net inbound migration rate (-1.4%)
  • change over 4 years in the prevalence of obesity (-1.4%)
  • change over 4 years in the prevalence of female obesity (-2.2%)
  • change, relative to its home state, in the poverty rate (-5.1%)
  • average household size (2.8)
  • enrollees in a health plan through HealthCare.gov (73,091)
  • land area (391.0 sq miles)
  • population in 2015 (1,142,234)
  • total domestic water use (81.1 Mgal/day)
  • total domestic water use per capita (71.0 gallons/day)
  • total water usage for all purposes (14.9 Mgal/day)

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Fairfax County in VA has the smallest drop in unemployment rate over the last 4 years (-1.2%) among the 180 counties with at least 376,353 in population in 2015 (Fairfax County in VA is at 1,142,234). That -1.2% compares to an average of -3.7% across those 180 counties. Also, that -1.2% represents a drop from 4.8% to 3.6%.
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