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Overview

Introduction to Fairmont, West Virginia

Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion county, is located 66 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fairmont History

Fairmont was first settled in 1770 by Jonathon Bozarth and his family. It was established in 1820. At that time, the city was known as Middletown and was a part of the Monongalia County. John S. Barnes was the first mayor of the city. The Virginia General Assembly chartered the city as Fairmont in 1843. The city is the county seat of Marion County, which was founded in 1842 and was named after General Francis Marion, who is one of the fathers of the modern guerrilla warfare.

Fairmont and nearby Attractions

  • Pricketts Fort State Park
  • Snodgrass One - Room Schoolhouse Museum
  • Valley Falls State Park
  • Barrackville Covered Bridge
  • Pricketts Fort State Park
  • Valley Worlds of Fun

Things To Do In Fairmont

Fairmont is home to Pricketts Fort State Park and Valley Falls State Park. The Valley Worlds of Fun is also a popular tourist attraction. The city includes several churches such as the Saint Josephs Roman Catholic Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, and Hillview Baptist Chapel. The Marion County Public Library is an ideal destination for the book lovers. The golf enthusiasts can visit the Fox Hill Country Club. Apart from these, Fairmont hosts the Three Rivers Festival every year in the month of May.

Fairmont Transportation

Harrison/ Marion Regional Airport is few miles away.

Fairmont Higher Education

Fairmont State University and Webster College are the local institutions providing facilities for higher education. One can also pursue higher education at West Virginia University, West Liberty State College, and California University of Pennsylvania.

People

Total Population 18,773
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 8,146
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,655
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,684
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,583

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,336
% Above Poverty Level 75.1%
% Below Poverty Level 24.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $650
Median House Value $95,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 14.2%

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

Fairmont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 66 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Marion
Standard Zip Codes 26554
P.O. Box Zip Codes 26555
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.485
Longitude -80.142

Fairmont Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FAIRMONT
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station MORGANTOWN LOCK & DAM
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Station CLARKSBURG 1
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 45 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fairmont, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bellview (26554)

Jordan (26554)

White Hall (26554, 26555)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barrackville 1,324 $56,667
Farmington 399 $61,250
Monongah 1,020 $46,875
Pleasant Valley 3,180 $67,212
Rivesville 1,025 $52,614

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

Fairmont Public Libraries

Library
Marion County Public Library
321 MONROE ST.
Fairmont, West Virginia
(304) 366-1210
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Fairmont Hospitals

FAIRMONT GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1325 LOCUST AVENUE
(304) 367-7100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fairmont High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

EAST FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL
1993 AIRPORT RD
304-367-2140
Serves 865 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL
1 LOOP PARK DR
304-367-2150
Serves 825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

MARION COUNTY ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER
601 LOCUST AVENUE
304-367-2157
A Non-traditional School

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