Information About Fairfield County

The total estimated population is 882,567. Density is low at 1,410 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 860,616; Black: 699,992; American Indian: 88,362; Two or More Races: 41,471; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 28,689; Asian: 1,736; Other Race: 366; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 882,567 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 149,038 foreign born residents, of which 42.2% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Jamaica: 9,093; Italy: 7,983; Brazil: 7,926; Colombia: 7,727; United Kingdom: 6,796; Mexico: 6,270; Haiti: 6,138; U.S. Born: This State: 399,184; Northeast: 216,444; South: 43,586; Midwest: 32,052; West: 16,097;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Fairfield County Most Common US Birthplaces in Fairfield County

The sex distribution is 48% male and 52% female. The median age is 37 years.

Age Distribution

There are 48,599 married couples with children and 37,922 single-parent households (523 men, 37,399 women).

The median household income is $65,249 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Connecticut: $53,935; Fairfield County: $65,249;

7% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Connecticut: 8%; Fairfield County: 7%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 318,711; Government: 41,513; Self-employed: 34,955; Unpaid family work: 1,222; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 186,341; Sales and office: 113,738; Professional and related: 96,182; Management, business, and financial operations: 90,159; Office and administrative support: 59,924; Management occupations, except farmers and farm managers: 59,838;

Work Types in Fairfield County Common Occupations in Fairfield County

The average commute time is 29 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 313,187; Car or truck (carpooled): 40,131; Public transportation: 34,024; Worked at home: 18,964; Walked: 9,586; Bicycle: 514; Motorcycle: 134;

Transportation to work methods in Fairfield County

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Fairfield County.

There are 339,466 housing units, of which 221,046 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 224,516; Renter: 99,716; Vacant: 15,234; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 162,990; Not Mortgaged: 61,526;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Fairfield County

The median single family home value is $288,900.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Connecticut: $1,426; Fairfield County: $184,192;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Connecticut: $588; Fairfield County: $99,261;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 6.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 71,784; 1940 to 1949: 34,984; 1950 to 1959: 63,722; 1960 to 1969: 55,332; 1970 to 1979: 47,414; 1980 to 1989: 39,334; 1990 to 1994: 11,303; 1995 to 1998: 11,587; 1999 to March 2000: 4,006;

0.6% of homes lack plumbing and 1.0% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 162,898; Utility Gas: 104,967; Electricity: 46,983; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 6,737;