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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Fairmont is a town in West Virginia with a population of 18,575. Fairmont is in Marion County. Living in Fairmont offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Fairmont and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Fairmont are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$109,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$708
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Fairmont Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    222.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    59.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    260.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    987.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    168.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Fairmont

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,759
National
$55,322
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Fairmont Reviews

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I love the community of Fairmont. If you're looking for a laid-back, close-knit rural community, this is the town for you! That being said, however, our rural location leaves a bit to be desired. If you're looking for downtown excitement or daytime activities outside of annual festivals and what our (absolutely amazing) local library provides, you'll have to go to the larger cities nearby.
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The college is great! There are some great neighborhoods with families that make the town great also. The commute to the school is easy and not busy. Hospital is located right next to the school also. Many places to eat, and not far from Morgantown or Bridgeport areas.
Fairmont is somewhere you only love if you were born there and grew up there. Filled with racist, rude, older white folks for part of town, and the other side by the college is so run down by crackheads and drugs, it looks like the walking dead outside on the street. The college is nice, though.