Demographics

Demographics Overview

As of the 2010 census estimates, there are 9,464 people living in Fairfield. The median income for a household in the city is $34,859, and the median income for a family is $47,561. The per capita income for the city is $21,385.

Population

Fairfield has a population of 9,464 and the median resident’s age is 46 years old.

People Fairfield Iowa USA
Population 9,464 3,046,355 308,745,538
Median Age 46 38.1 37.2
Households 4,201 1,221,576 116,716,292
Household Size 2.09 2.41 2.58
Male Population 49.7% 49.5% 49.2%
Female Population 50.3% 50.5% 50.8%
SOURCE: Population and Household Estimates (2010), U.S. Census Bureau – http://factfinder2.census.gov/

Workforce

There are roughly 8,138 workers over the age of 16 in Fairfield. The unemployment rate is 7%.

Education

The educational attainment for residents age 25 plus is as follows:

  • Highschool Graduate: 28.5%
  • Associate Degree: 7.1 %
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 19.5 %
  • Graduate or Professional Degree: 17.8 %
SOURCE: Economic Characteristics and Educational Attainment, U.S. Census Bureau - http://factfinder2.census.gov/

Housing

The total number of households in Fairfield is 4,550.The median age of real estate in Fairfield is 48 years. Average Household size is 2.09 people. The median home value in Fairfield is $85,200. Home appreciation is 1.84% over the last year.

Housing Units
Owner Occupied 2,487
Renter Occupied 1,456
Vacant 607
Total Housing 4,550
SOURCE: Housing Unit Estimates Program, U.S. Census Bureau – http://factfinder2.census.gov/

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Year Buildings Average Cost
1996 19 $102,300
1997 19 $182,500
1998 27 $120,200
1999 36 $103,900
2000 6 $201,300
2001 9 $188,100
2002 14 $108,400
2003 15 $108,400
2004 19 $155,200
2005 17 $180,100
2006 24 $212,500
SOURCE: Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – http://socds.huduser.org/

Fairfield mortgages vs. USA median statistics:

Homes Fairfield USA
Homes With No Mortgage 37% 32%
Homes With Mortgage 63% 68%
First Mortgage Only 49.8% 50.5%
First & Second Mortgage or HELOC 12.7% 16.7%
SOURCE: Mortgage Status, U.S. Census Bureau – http://factfinder2.census.gov/

Cost of Living

Fairfield’s cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Fairfield is less expensive than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Fairfield is more expensive. Overall, Fairfield cost of living is 77. Compared to the rest of the country, Fairfield's cost of living is 22.64% lower than the US average.

Cost of Living Fairfield USA
Overall 77 100
Food 90 100
Health 93 100
Utilities
121 100
Transportation 99 100
SOURCE: Consumer Price Indexes; Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor – http://www.bls.gov/CPI/

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