It is now three years from the time when I made the decision to settle in Fairfax County of Virginia. At the time when I made that decision, I had a lot of doubts as to whether I was actually making the right decision. With the wisdom of hindsight though, I can say that Fairfax has proved to be a nice enough place to live. I don’t regret the decision to settle here.
I first came to Fairfax as a engineer working for contractor who had been engaged to undertake a road construction project. I fell in love with the county, and decided to buy a house here. I was lucky to find a foreclosure that I proceeded to zero in on.
Three things influenced the decision to settle in Fairfax on my part. First was the fact that this is a place that is neither too crowded, nor too sparsely populated. I hate places that are too crowded. But I also… (how shall I put it?) …fear places that are too sparsely populated. The fact that Fairfax is in between therefore means that it is an ideal place for me.
The second fact that influenced my decision to settle in Fairfax is the relatively low cost of living here. Yet in spite of it being a relatively cheap place, it has all the sorts of amenities I consider necessary for comfortable living. Getting a job here is also not so hard. If one is looking to work for one of the local companies here, there are openings from time to time. And if one is looking for a national company like, say, AT&T or UPS – there are openings in the local outlets for such companies too. Taking the case of a company like UPS, you see that the local UPS employees have the opportunity to go to the UPS employee login page online, and engage with the company’s HR – even from the local offices around here. In a nutshell, if one is really ready to work, and one is patient enough to search for a job, there are plenty of openings in Fairfax. And unlike in the bigger cities, local competition for the available job openings doesn’t seem to be too much.
And the third factor that influenced my decision to settle in Fairfax is security: it is a relatively safe place. It is not the sort of place where you have to keep on looking over your shoulder. It has its fair share of miscreants, to be sure. But the security seems to be reasonably well managed.