Fairmont is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 18,416 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Fairmont is the eighth largest community in West Virginia.
Fairmont is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fairmont is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairmont who work in sales jobs (10.95%), office and administrative support (9.79%), and teaching (7.57%).
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.
Fairmont is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Fairmont enrolled in college, Fairmont has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
The overall education level of Fairmont is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.72% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fairmont in 2018 was $24,659, 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 $98,636 for a family of four. However, Fairmont contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Fairmont is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fairmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.