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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfield who work in office and administrative support (17.59%), sales jobs (9.63%), and teaching (8.46%).

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: 14.38% 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.

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 11.72 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Fairfield are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.08% of adults in Fairfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fairfield in 2010 was $24,166, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,664 for a family of four. However, Fairfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fairfield is a somewhat 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 English, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

Fairfield also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.39%.

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