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, Fairmont isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Fairmont are a mix 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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Fairmont, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Fairmont provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
For a small city, Fairmont has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Fairmont exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The percentage of people in Fairmont who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.14% of adults in Fairmont 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.