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 61,523 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Fairfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Fairfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Fairfield is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Fairfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.45 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Fairfield is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Fairfield, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Fairfield, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Fairfield is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.21% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.