Fairhaven, MA
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Fairhaven is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 16,140 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Fairhaven is the 121st largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Fairhaven was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fairhaven is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fairhaven is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairhaven who work in office and administrative support (14.37%), management occupations (9.81%), and sales jobs (9.46%).

One of the nice things about Fairhaven 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.

The overall education level of Fairhaven is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.61% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fairhaven in 2010 was $31,006, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,024 for a family of four. However, Fairhaven contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Fairhaven home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairhaven residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fairhaven include English, Irish, French , and Italian.

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