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 16,078 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Fairhaven is the 121st largest community in Massachusetts. Fairhaven has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairhaven who work in management occupations (10.20%), office and administrative support (9.92%), and healthcare (9.12%).
Fairhaven 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.
The overall education level of Fairhaven is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.53% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fairhaven in 2018 was $34,938, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,752 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 Portuguese, Irish, French, English, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Fairhaven is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.