Fairfax, CA
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Fairfax is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,626 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Fairfax is the 455th largest community in California.

Fairfax home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Fairfax real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Fairfax is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfax is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfax who work in management occupations (16.87%), sales jobs (10.69%), and office and administrative support (10.25%).

Of important note, Fairfax is also a town of artists. Fairfax has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fairfax’s character.

Also of interest is that Fairfax has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Fairfax telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.74% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In Fairfax, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.01 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Even though Fairfax is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Fairfax is a pretty powerful place. 60.55% of the adults in Fairfax have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Fairfax in 2010 was $56,506, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $226,024 for a family of four.

The people who call Fairfax home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairfax residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fairfax include English, German, Italian, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Fairfax is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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