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Fairmont, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Fairmont is the 7th largest city in West Virginia with a population of 18,929 as of July 1, 2016. Fairmont ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fairmont is located at latitude 39.4769 and longitude -80.1491 in Marion County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fairmont (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.38 sq. miles. Marion County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 984 feet.

The City of Fairmont (GNIS ID: 2390586) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Fairmont is located within Middletown District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Marion County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fairmont population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fairmont: Middletown, Palatine, Polsley, Polsleys, Polsleys Mill, Polsleys Mills.

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Fairmont, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 18,929
Population in Households 17,783
Population in Familes 12,554
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,146
Population Density1 2,204
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 8,185
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 4,423
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,466 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,664 (49.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,521 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,281 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $98,172
Average Home Value $126,962


Median Household Income $34,874
Average Household Income $50,703
Per Capita Income $22,567
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.19% 0.33%
Households 0.1% 0.29%
Families 0.0% 0.09%
Median Household Income   0.94%
Per Capita Income   1.0%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Fairmont, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fairmont to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 99th
Population Density1 # 34 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 40 90th
Median Household Income # 261 36th
Per Capita Income # 127 69th

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