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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.92% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
In addition, Fairfield is a college town. There are a lot of students in Fairfield attending college, and as a result Fairfield provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Because of many things, Fairfield is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Fairfield a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Fairfield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Fairfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Fairfield 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.
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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Fairfield is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Fairfield, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Fairfield is a pretty powerful place. 66.15% of the adults in Fairfield have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
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.