The City of Fairfax is an independent city forming an enclave within the confines of Fairfax County, Virginia in the United States. Although politically independent of the surrounding county, the City is nevertheless the county seat. Situated in the Northern Virginia region, Fairfax forms part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The population was 22,565 as of the 2010 Census. In May 2009, the City of Fairfax was ranked No. 3 in the "Top 25 Places to Live Well" by Forbes Magazine.