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 89.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfax is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfax who work in management occupations (17.54%), sales jobs (11.05%), and office and administrative support (9.49%).

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 15.29% 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.

One downside of living in Fairfax is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Fairfax, the average commute to work is 30.42 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfax. 60.00% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Fairfax in 2010 was $58,729, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $234,916 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 Polish.

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

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