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McLean (pronounced "mick-CLANE") is an unincorporated area in Fairfax Countymarker in Northern Virginiamarker. The community had a total population of 38,929 as of the 2000 census.

The densely populated community of McLean is located between the George Washington Parkway and the town of Viennamarker, and is known for its many upscale homes, as well as its shopping and upscale malls, including the nearby Tysons Corner Centermarker and Tysons Galleriamarker which have 'McLean, Virginia' addresses.

McLean is home to many diplomats, members of Congress and high-ranking federal government officials, entrepreneurs and service businesses partially attributable to the close location to Washington, D.C.marker and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is also the location of Hickory Hillmarker, the home of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.

Several major companies are or were headquartered in McLean including Bearingpoint (now bankrupt), Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Cardinal Bank, Freddie Mac, Gannett, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Mars, MicroStrategy, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Sunrise Senior Living, and USA Today.


The community received its name from John Roll McLean, the former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, who, with Stephen Benton Elkins and the bankroll of French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard, built in 1906 the electrified the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway (later the Washington and Old Dominion Railway), which connected the area with Washington, D.C. McLean named a railroad station after himself where the rail line (traveling on the present route of Old Dominion Drive) crossed the old Chain Bridge Road. The community itself was founded in 1910, when the communities of Lewinsville and Langleymarker merged.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.5 square miles (47.9 km¬≤), all land. McLean lies to the west of Arlington County, in Fairfax Countymarker and is bordered by the Potomac River to the north.

The Capital Beltway, George Washington Memorial Parkwaymarker, Interstate 66, Dulles Access Road, Dolley Madison Boulevard/Chain Bridge Road, Georgetown Pike, and Old Dominion Drive all run through McLean.


As of the census of 2000, there were 38,929 people, 14,374 households and 11,053 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,104.9 people per square mile (812.9/km¬≤). There are 14,735 housing units at an average density of 796.7/sq mi (307.7/km¬≤). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.56% White, 1.58% African American, 0.10% Native American, 10.61% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.02% of the population.

There were 14,374 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.05.

The population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP was $156,292, and the median income for a family was $181,773. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $76,881 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $63,208. About 0.8% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under the age of 18 and 2.3% of those 65 and older.


The Population history of McLean CDP according to the United States Census Bureau:
  • 1970....17,698
  • 1980....35,664
  • 1990....38,168
  • 2000....38,929

Government and infrastructure

The headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency are located in the Langleymarker area of McLean.


Mars, Incorporated is headquartered in the CDP.


Primary and secondary schools

McLean residents are zoned to schools in the Fairfax County Public Schoolsmarker.

Public elementary schools within the CDP include Chesterbrook, Churchill Road, Haycock, Kent Gardensmarker, Franklin Sherman, Spring Hill, Public middle schools within the CDP include James Fenimore Cooper Middle School and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Middle School. Public high schools within the CDP include Langley High Schoolmarker and McLean High Schoolmarker.

Several private schools, ranging from pre-school to 12th grade, are located in McLean, including The Madeira School, The Potomac School, The Langley School, Oakcrest Schoolmarker, Saint Luke School, Saint John School [20492], Brooksfield Montessori, and the Country Day School.

Public libraries

Fairfax County Public Library operates the Dolley Madison Library in the CDP.

Notable residents

Former residents:


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