Fairfield is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 62,045 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Fairfield is the 14th largest community in Connecticut.
Fairfield home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Fairfield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Fairfield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fairfield is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairfield who work in management occupations (18.08%), sales jobs (13.10%), and business and financial occupations (10.96%).
Of important note, Fairfield is also a town of artists. Fairfield has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fairfield’s character.
Also of interest is that Fairfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Fairfield telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.92% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Fairfield, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Fairfield provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Because of many things, Fairfield is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Fairfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Fairfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One of the nice things about Fairfield 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.
In Fairfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.38 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Fairfield is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fairfield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fairfield. 66.15% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Fairfield in 2018 was $69,752, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $279,008 for a family of four.
Fairfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fairfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fairfield include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fairfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.