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About McLean

McLean is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia. Roughly bounded by the Potomac River to the north and northeast, I-66 to the south and Dulles Access Rd. (R267) on southwest and Spring Hill Road on the west, the 24.88 square mile CDP includes Langley, Lewinsville and West McLean.

The CDP borders Potomac, Cabin John and Brookmont MD, Arlington, Falls Church, Idylwood, Pimmit Hills, Wolf Trap, Tysons Corner and Great Falls.

The community is named for John Roll McLean, one-time publisher and owner of The Washington Post. With Stephen Benton Elkins and French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard, McLean bought the charter for the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad in 1902. Completed in 1906, it connected the area with Washington, D.C. McLean named a railroad station costing $1,500, of which $500 was raised locally, 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 Lewinsville and Langley merged.

There are approximately 17,750 homes in McLean and its population is upper class, with a median family’s household income above $200,000. per year.

Parks in McLean include Lewinsville Park, Langley Fork Park, and McLean Central Park, all operated by Fairfax County Park Authority. Mount Daniel School Park is located within McLean and operated by the City of Falls Church.