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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,699
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens17.4%
Employed Population 16+8,069
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married41.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,548
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,694
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,356

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,252
% Above Poverty Level73.1%
% Below Poverty Level26.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work7%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone34.1%
Median Gross Rent$685
Median House Value$103,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.6%
German17.6%
Italian15.7%
Irish14.2%
English9.9%
Polish3.2%
Dutch2.6%
Scottish2.5%
French Except Basque1.7%
Welsh0.7%
Russian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Greek0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Swedish0.2%
African0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Fairmont Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marion County
Standard Zip Codes26554
P.O. Box Zip Codes26555
Phone Area Codes304, 681
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.48
Approximate Longitude-80.14

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)

StationFAIRMONT
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 64 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationMORGANTOWN LOCK & DAM
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp40 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip43.3 inches
StationCLARKSBURG 1
Distance18.7 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Barrackville1,221$62,292
Farmington398$51,250
Monongah1,084$59,018
Pleasant Valley3,181$64,257
Rivesville1,042$53,750

Fairmont Public Libraries

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

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Fairmont Hospitals

Fairmont General Hospital
(Non-profit)
1325 Locust Avenue
(304) 367-7100

Fairmont Public Schools

Barnes Center (alc)
100 Naomi Street
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2127
Other
East Dale Elementary School
Rt. 3
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2132
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
East Fairmont High School
1993 Airport Road
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2140
Other
Total Enrollment 755
East Fairmont Junior High School
1 Orion Lane
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2123
Middle
Total Enrollment 761
East Park Elementary School
1025 Fairfax Street
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2134
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Fairmont Senior High School
1 Loop Park Drive
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2150
High
Total Enrollment 786
Fairmont Youth Academy
#3 Crosswind Drive
ZIP: 26554
(304) 363-3406
High
Total Enrollment 44
Jayenne Elementary School
1504 Country Club Road
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2136
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
1858 Valley School Road
ZIP: 26554
(304) 304-2148
Primary
Total Enrollment 179
Watson Elementary School
1579 Mary Lou Retton Dr
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2156
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
West Fairmont Middle School
110 10th Street
ZIP: 26554
(304) 366-5631
Middle
Total Enrollment 652
White Hall Elementary School
Route 7 Box 65
ZIP: 26554
(304) 367-2158
Primary
Total Enrollment 260

Fairmont Private Schools

Fairmont Catholic Grade School
416 Madison St
ZIP: 26554
Elementary
Total Enrollment 201
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