Introduction to Fairfield, Alabama

Fairfield, Alabama, in Jefferson county, is 2 miles N of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 139 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is part of the Birmingham metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 12,381 people live in Fairfield.

Fairfield History

Fairfield was founded in 1910. Originally, the city was named Corey. Later on, the city adopted its present name after Fairfield, Connecticut. The Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company planned the city as a residential community to house their workers who worked in the Fairfield Works plant. Fairfield is home to a historically black college called Miles College, which was founded in 1905.

Fairfield and nearby Attractions

  • Don Kresge Memorial Museum
  • Southern Museum of Flight
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Robert R. Meyer Planetarium
  • Oak Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Fairfield

Fairfield offers easy access to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Southern Museum of Flight, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and Birmingham Museum of Art. You can also visit Fairfield City Park during your leisure time. The city is home to Western Hills Mall Shopping Center which has several specialty stores and two anchor department stores. Shopping can also be enjoyed at Bellview Plaza West Shopping Center.

Fairfield Transportation

Birmingham International Airport is the nearest airport.

Fairfield Higher Education

Miles College is the local college. The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University are also nearby.


Total Population 10,987
Male Share of the Population 40.7%
Female Share of the Population 59.3%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,139
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 27.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,125
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 41.3%
Median Gross Rent $725
Median House Value $94,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82%
US/American 0%
English 0.3%
Irish 0.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fairfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles N of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 139 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Jefferson
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35064
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.562
Longitude -86.798

Fairfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Station PINSON
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.4 inches
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Birmingham 212,211 $37,257
Fultondale 8,733 $67,118
Homewood 25,535 $82,267
Irondale 12,398 $55,888
Mountain Brook 20,518 $153,220
Tarrant 6,278 $31,905

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fairfield Public Libraries

Walter J. Hanna Memorial Library
Fairfield, Alabama
(205) 783-6007

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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