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McLean is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. McLean is home to many diplomats, businessmen, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials partially due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is the location of Hickory Hill, the former home of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. It is also the location of Salona, the former home of Light-Horse Harry Lee, the Revolutionary War hero. The community had an estimated total population of 53,673 in 2015, according to estimates prepared by the United States Census Bureau. It is located between the Potomac River and the town of Vienna.

As a suburb of Washington, D.C., McLean is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the larger Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. The CDP includes the unincorporated communities of Langley, Lewinsville, and West McLean, and it borders several other Washington suburbs including: Potomac and Cabin John, Maryland to the north; Brookmont, Maryland to the northeast; Arlington to the southeast; Falls Church to the south; Idylwood, Pimmit Hills, and Tysons Corner to the southwest; Wolf Trap to the west; and Great Falls to the northwest.


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McLean is often distinguished by its luxury homes and its nearby high-profit shopping destinations: the Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. The two McLean zip codes - 22101 and 22102 - are among the most expensive ZIP Codes in Virginia and the United States. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that McLean was the 3rd wealthiest city in the United States, based on its poverty rate of 2.6% and its median household income of $190,258. Lewinsville Park, Langley Fork Park, and McLean Central Park, all operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, are located in McLean. The McLean Little League is also located in McLean. The Mount Daniel School Park, operated by The City of Falls Church, is physically within McLean. Clemyjontri Park, opened in 2006, with its 2-acre playground, carousel and picnic pavilion is a popular destination for families. Claude Moore Colonial Farm is also popular with history buffs and families.

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4 Sherman Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
4 Churchill Road Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
5 Chesterbrook Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
5 Kent Gardens Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
5 Cooper Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
5 Mclean High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
5 Langley High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A St. John Academy Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A St. Luke Catholic School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A The Potomac School Kindergarten - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Montessori School Of Mclean Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Ridgemont Montessori School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Brooksfield School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A The Langley School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Country Day School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.
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