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Living In Fairmont, WV

The town of Fairmont, West Virginia is home to just under 19,000 residents. Young adults aged 15-24 account for a larger portion of the population here (20%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find no shortage of peers, though retirees appear in large numbers as well. Overall, the city's residents, at an average age of just over 38, are younger than most cities in West Virginia. Renters tend to be in the minority in the area, and 63% of residents own their homes. The average rent of $738 per month is roughly on par with the state average.

Fairmont has a relatively high percentage of residents older than 25 who have a high school degree or equivalent (22%) compared to the national average. In addition, 16% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. There are three primary industries in Fairmont: healthcare, entertainment, and retail. Combined, these industries account for 20% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, as 5% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of around $54,000, Fairmont workers earn about the same as the average West Virginia resident. Fairmont, however, compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345.

Averaging about 22 minutes, the commute time for Fairmont residents outperforms the West Virginia average of about 24 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the typical way to get to work, opted for by 39% of residents, while public transit isn't used extensively. Few workers (2%) commute on foot, though the number is greater than the national average.



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