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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Fairfax is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 7,616. Fairfax is in Marin County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Fairfax offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fairfax there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Fairfax and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Fairfax are highly rated.
About Fairfax...
Population
7,616

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$793,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,815
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    52.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    13.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    275.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,181.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    65.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Fairfax

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$98,092
National
$55,322

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Fairfax Reviews

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This funky little town is where I grew up. The movie theater is one of my favorite attractions; it was recently redone and now the seats are very fancy and super comfortable! Great food along the strip: sushi, italian, thai, coffee shops, you name it. If you make a right, there are tons of little shops that are really great for gift buying and mulling around. There are a couple of bars and an active night life. Scoop is also the BEST ice cream ever and you must try it.
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I grew up in Fairfax! It was a really great place to be a kid. You never had to lock your door, or worry about creepy people bothering you if you stayed out too late. Everyone in town is generally just really chill and kind. People say it's a town straight out of the 60's and I kind of have to agree- I spent a lot of summers hanging out on the baseball field at night and playing in the creek and riding my cruiser bike around with my friends and going to The Scoop for dollar cones of organic ice cream. There's really nowhere else like Fairfax, which can kind of be a goof or bad thing depending on how you look at it. I mean, where else can you not lock your door when you go out? But growing up there really didn't prepare me for what the rest of the world is like. People here call it the "Marin Bubble" and buddy it is REAL.
A small "hippie" town nestled in the outskirts of San Francisco. Fairfax outlives the reputation of Marin County as a rich snobby area and makes visitors feel welcomed. Downtown Fairfax is the highlight of the town with many small, independently owned stores and restaurants. Fairfax is also the birthplace of mountain biking, so it is highly recommended you go out on the many trails and open spaces available throughout the town, either by foot or bike.