In politics, this is what you call opposition research. By looking outside, Montgomery county assigned 2 staffs to do a comparative data report. (Because Fairfax "snatched" a couple of big businesses relocating to the area - I think Hilton is one of them- instead of Montgomery county). The report released by Office of Legislative Oversight Montgomery counties gives Fairfax county the bragging rights for the number of jobs, income, and crime rate. Though, Montgomery county is ahead in terms of percentage of land preserved for open space/ parkland. In terms of population, Fairfax has more population density per square miles, 2,570 persons/sq.mi vs. 1,912 persons/sq.mi for Montgomery.
Comparative data, via Office of Legislative Oversight Montgomery county.
Montgomery County Fairfax County
Land area 497 miles 395 miles
% of land preserve as open space 38% 15%
Population (2008) 950,980 people 1,015,302 people
Budget approved FY10 $4.47 billion $4.34 billion
Expenditure per resident $4,706 $4,316
Sources of revenue:
Property tax 32% 57%
Income tax 27% none
Other tax 7% 11%
All non tax revenue 34% 32%
Residential (per $100 assessed) from $0.975 to $2.835 from $1.066 to $1.113
Commercial - ditto from $0.975 to $2.835 from $1.176 to $1.443
No. of jobs (2007) 654,728 855,842
Unemployment 5.2% 4.7%
Total housing units 365,083 units 393,365 units
Median housing price ('08) $489,400 $523,300
Foreclosure rate 2.4% 3.3%
Sure, jobs attracted more people to move to Fairfax. Fairfax has 200,000 more jobs than Montgomery! However, there's other things to consider when it comes to choosing where you want to live, work and play. Fairfax spend less per resident as oppose to Montgomery. On the other hand, taxes higher in Montgomery county than Fairfax. What about schools? Oh well.. you can continue digging in the data...
Read full report, here.