Fairmont is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 18,622 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Fairmont is the seventh largest community in West Virginia.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fairmont is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fairmont is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairmont who work in office and administrative support (14.20%), food service (10.36%), and sales jobs (10.17%).
Also of interest is that Fairmont has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Fairmont is a college town. There are a lot of students in Fairmont attending college, and as a result Fairmont provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Fairmont, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.
In terms of college education, Fairmont is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.14% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fairmont in 2010 was $21,461, which is middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,844 for a family of four. However, Fairmont contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Fairmont home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairmont residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fairmont include Italian, Irish, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fairmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.