Fairfield is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 61,949 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Fairfield is the 11th largest community in Connecticut.
Fairfield home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Fairfield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Of important note, Fairfield is also a town of artists. Fairfield has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fairfield’s character.
Also of interest is that Fairfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 18.19% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Fairfield, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Fairfield provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Not only is Fairfield a town with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the town into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Fairfield a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Fairfield is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Fairfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One of the nice things about Fairfield is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Fairfield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.09 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Fairfield use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Fairfield‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfield. 68.90% 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 Fairfield in 2018 was $71,996, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $287,984 for a family of four.
Fairfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fairfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fairfield include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fairfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.