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Report: Demand for New Homes to Surge in Fairfax County

A GMU report states the Fairfax area needs mass production of new housing units over the next two decades, to keep up with job creation.

With more than 800,000 jobs expected to be created in the next 20 years, a report indicates Fairfax County in particular is in sore need of new housing. (Photo: Zillow/MRIS)
With more than 800,000 jobs expected to be created in the next 20 years, a report indicates Fairfax County in particular is in sore need of new housing. (Photo: Zillow/MRIS)
By Daniel Miller

Unlike most of the country, the Washington D.C. area has flourished with job growth during turbulent economic times.  

According to a WTOP Radio report, the D.C. area will have an influx of more than 800,000 jobs over the next 20 years.

This is not only a huge win for the district, but for Northern Virginia, which will gain half of these new jobs, including 134,000 for Fairfax County, the report indicates.

While the addition of new jobs in Fairfax County is good news for members of the community, the scarcity of housing is not.

Fairfax County, compared to other Northern Virginia counties, has the greatest need for more housing, said WTOP.

The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis reports that Fairfax County needs to build 85,000 new housing units—that's an average of 81 new homes per week over a 20-year period.

Analysts believe single-family homes in Fairfax County ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 will be a hot commodity among working professionals.

Read the full report from GMU's Center for Regional Analysis here.

What do you think of this report? Do you agree that new housing is not keeping up with the pace of new jobs in the Fairfax area? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


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Douglas Stewart January 05, 2014 at 12:35 PM
We will have trouble accommodating the forecast growth unless we make our zoning more flexible to allow for more multi-family housing and more inclusive to encourage and require developers to build more affordable units -- as the report points out.
Rich Williams January 05, 2014 at 08:38 PM
The GMU report specifically said that the vast majority of demand now is for Single Family (townhouse & detached) housing, NOT multi-family housing. The last thing Fairfax City needs is more multi-family housing right now, especially if economic experts agree that's not what is in demand for our economy. The City is already heavily rental-occupied. What we need to make Fairfax City's economy stronger is more owner occupied housing supply rather than adding to what we already have too much of to begin with.
Douglas Stewart January 06, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Hi Rich -- To quote the report, "There will be a decline in the demand for single-family homes over the forecast period." That is, relative to the current proportion of single-family homes to multi-family units. The report points to a growing labor force looking for this type of housing and our localities, including Fairfax City, will need to adjust our zoning and planning to accommodate them.

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