Fairmont is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 18,388 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 professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fairmont who work in office and administrative support (10.35%), sales jobs (10.06%), and management occupations (7.29%).
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.
In terms of college education, Fairmont is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.10% of adults in Fairmont have a college degree.
The per capita income in Fairmont in 2018 was $23,181, 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 $92,724 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 German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fairmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.