Fairfield, CT
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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 61,160 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Fairfield is the 14th 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.

Fairfield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfield is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfield who work in management occupations (17.26%), sales jobs (14.58%), and office and administrative support (10.45%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.44% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 of many things, Fairfield is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Fairfield a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Fairfield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 31.45 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Fairfield is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fairfield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfield. 62.21% 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 2010 was $60,155, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $240,620 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 Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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