Fairfield, ME

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Population

3,221

0.0932% growth

Median Age

39.8


Median Household Income

$36,700

9.84% decline

Poverty Rate

35.6%


Number of Employees

1,275

11.2% decline

Median Property Value

$108,500

8.28% decline

About

In 2017, Fairfield, ME had a population of 3.22k people with a median age of 39.8 and a median household income of $36,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fairfield, ME grew from 3,218 to 3,221, a 0.0932% increase and its median household income declined from $40,704 to $36,700, a -9.84% decrease.

The population of Fairfield, ME is 94.6% White Alone, 2.02% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.74% Two or More Races. 2.87% of the people in Fairfield, ME speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fairfield, ME are Kennebec Valley Community College (404 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Fairfield, ME is $108,500, and the homeownership rate is 46.4%. Most people in Fairfield, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairfield, ME is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Fairfield, ME employs 1.28k people. The largest industries in Fairfield, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (273 people), Accommodation & Food Services (142 people), and Educational Services (128 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($43,750), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,750), and Wholesale Trade ($40,795).

Median household income in Fairfield, ME is $36,700. Males in Fairfield, ME have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,792. The income inequality in Fairfield, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,700

2017 value

± $9,619

-9.84%

1 Year Growth

± 46.9%

Households in Fairfield, ME have a median annual income of $36,700, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,704 in 2016, which represents a -9.84% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,075

Average Male Salary

± $2,642

$44,792

Average Female Salary

± $1,926

In 2017, full-time male employees in Fairfield, ME made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Fairfield, ME by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $48,746 ± $19,436

  2. White

    $43,832 ± $1,466

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,588 ± $101,474

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Fairfield, ME workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Fairfield, ME by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairfield, ME is from Maine.

0.447

2017 Wage GINI

0.45

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maine was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.62% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Maine across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9668

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairfield, ME was Census Tract 9668 with a value of $42,019, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

35.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairfield, ME (1.15k out of 3.22k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,085 ± 309

  2. Hispanic

    65 ± 69

  3. Native American

    23 ± 58

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairfield, ME is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.28k

2017 Value

± 280

-112%

1 Year decline

± 35.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairfield, ME declined at a rate of -112%, from 1.44k employees to 1.28k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairfield, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (241 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (128 people), and Transportation Occupations (118 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairfield, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairfield, ME, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (241 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (128 people), and Transportation Occupations (118 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fairfield, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.88 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.54 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (2.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairfield, ME, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($73,006), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,536), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($48,929).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.28k

2017 Value

± 280

-112%

1 Year decline

± 35.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairfield, ME declined at a rate of -112%, from 1.44k employees to 1.28k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairfield, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (273 people), Accommodation & Food Services (142 people), and Educational Services (128 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairfield, ME, though some of these residents may live in Fairfield, ME and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fairfield, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (273 people), Accommodation & Food Services (142 people), and Educational Services (128 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fairfield, ME has an unusually high number of Utilities (4.33 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (2.34 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.57 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairfield, ME, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($43,750), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,750), and Wholesale Trade ($40,795).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $7.7B

  2. $3.41B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $7.7B, followed by Fuel oils with $3.41B and Gasoline and $3.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Maine products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$41.8B

2015 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

36.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Maine trade was $41.8B. This is expected to increase 36.1% to $56.8B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Maine trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $3.48B

  2. $3.07B

  3. $2.42B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.48B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.07B and New York and $2.42B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maine shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.1% of the population of Fairfield, ME has health coverage, with 28.7% on employee plans, 36.8% on Medicaid, 8.6% on Medicare, 9.69% on non-group plans, and 2.39% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Fairfield, ME was $9,531 in 2014. This is a 4.36% increase from the previous year ($9,133).

Primary care physicians in Fairfield, ME see 899 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.663% decrease from the previous year (905 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1671 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 227 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.6%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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899 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Maine see an average of 899 patients per year. This represents a 0.663% decrease from the previous year (905 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,015

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,504

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,325

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maine (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.36%, from $9,133 to $9,531.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.9%

Uninsured

28.7%

Employer Coverage

36.8%

Medicaid

8.6%

Medicare

9.69%

Non-Group

2.39%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairfield, ME declined by 4.58% from 14.5% to 13.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fairfield, ME changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.6% prevalence

  2. 12.3% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 12.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Maine by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fairfield, ME is home to a population of 3.22k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.11% of Fairfield, ME residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Fairfield, ME is composed of 3.05k White Alone residents (94.6%), 65 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.02%), 56 Two or More Races residents (1.74%), 23 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.714%), 17 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.528%), 13 Black or African American Alone residents (0.404%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fairfield, ME are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (66 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (19 speakers), and French Creole (0 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

N/A

Median Native-Born Age

± N/A

N/A

Median Foreign-Born Age

± N/A

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fairfield, ME was 39.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of N/A, were generally N/A than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of N/A. But people in Fairfield, ME are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Fairfield, ME residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.11%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.11% of Fairfield, ME residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fairfield, ME was 1.86%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    9,674 ± 2,406 people

  2. Philippines

    2,503 ± 1,227 people

  3. China

    2,372 ± 1,195 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Fairfield, ME was Canada, the natal country of 9,674 Fairfield, ME residents, followed by Philippines with 2,503 and China with 2,372.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Fairfield, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fairfield, ME was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.05k ± 513

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    65 ± 84.3

  3. Two or More Races

    56 ± 61.8

In 2017, there were 46.9 times more White Alone residents (3.05k people) in Fairfield, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 65 Hispanic or Latino and 56 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fairfield, ME as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    66 speakers (2.23%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    19 speakers (0.641%)

  3. French Creole

    0 speakers (0%)

2.87% of Fairfield, ME citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Fairfield, ME was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 2.23% of the overall population of Fairfield, ME are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 0.641% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    140 ± 107

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    102 ± 96

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    24 ± 30

Fairfield, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fairfield, ME awarded 404 degrees. The student population of Fairfield, ME is skewed towards women, with 910 male students and 1,641 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fairfield, ME are White (387 and 95.8%), followed by Two or More Races (4 and 0.99%), Asian (3 and 0.743%), and Black or African American (3 and 0.743%).

The largest universities in Fairfield, ME by number of degrees awarded are Kennebec Valley Community College (404 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Fairfield, ME are Registered Nursing (39 and 9.65%), Lineworker (31 and 7.67%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (23 and 5.69%).

The median tuition costs in Fairfield, ME are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Fairfield, ME was Registered Nursing with 39 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Fairfield, ME according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

404 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Fairfield, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kennebec Valley Community College with 404 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

170

Degrees Awarded to Men

234

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 170 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fairfield, ME, which is 0.726 times less than the 234 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    387 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    4 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    3 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fairfield, ME were to White students. These 387 degrees mean that there were 96.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 4 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairfield, ME was $108,500 in 2017, which is 0.499 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $118,300 to $108,500, a 8.28% decrease. The homeownership rate in Fairfield, ME is 46.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fairfield, ME have an average commute time of 17.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fairfield, ME is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$36,700

Median Household Income

± $9,619

1.27k

Number of Households

± 286

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.27k households in Fairfield, ME declined from $36,700 from the previous year's value of $40,704.

The following chart displays the households in Fairfield, ME distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$108,500

2017 Median

± $22,687

$118,300

2016 Median

± $17,870

In 2017, the median property value in Fairfield, ME declined from to $108,500 from the previous year's value of $118,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairfield, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairfield, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fairfield, ME distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairfield, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

46.4%

2017 Homeownership

45.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 46.4% of the housing units in Fairfield, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fairfield, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fairfield, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fairfield, ME have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

17.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairfield, ME have a shorter commute time (17.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.49% of the workforce in Fairfield, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    90.6%

  2. Taxi

    3.88%

  3. Walked

    3.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fairfield, ME was Drove Alone, followed by those who Taxi and those who Walked.

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