McLean is a census-designated place (CDP) 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. It is located between the Potomac River and the town of Vienna. McLean is known for its luxury homes and its high-end shopping destinations: the Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. The part of McLean in zip code 22102, also known as Upper McLean, is the most expensive zip code in Virginia and one of the most expensive in the United States.
Capital One, Mars, Geebo, Booz Allen Hamilton, Freddie Mac and Hilton Worldwide are among the companies based in McLean, Virginia. Many businesses in neighboring Tysons Corner, particularly those east of Leesburg Pike (VA Route 7) have a McLean mailing address, because the US Postal Service boundary for West McLean (zip code 22102) generally follows Leesburg Pike. The cost of living in McLean is very high; compared to a U.S. average of 100, the cost of living index for the community is 142.6. As of 2012, the median home value in the community was $908,000, the median selected monthly owner cost was $3,803 for housing units with a mortgage and $1,000+ for those without, and the median gross rent was $2,000+.
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 pavaillion is a popular destination for families. Claude Moore Colonial Farm is also popular with history buffs and families.