Fairfield, IA
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Fairfield is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 9,892 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Fairfield is the 41st largest community in Iowa. Fairfield has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Fairfield is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fairfield is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfield who work in office and administrative support (19.60%), sales jobs (12.29%), and food service (7.62%).

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: 13.53% 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.

In addition, Fairfield is a college town. There are a lot of students in Fairfield attending college, and as a result Fairfield provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 10.87 minutes getting to work every day.

Fairfield is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The population of Fairfield is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.44% of adults in Fairfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fairfield in 2010 was $21,106, which is low income relative to Iowa, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,424 for a family of four. However, Fairfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fairfield is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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, English, Swedish, and Polish.

In addition, Fairfield has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.33%).

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