Fairfield Alabama

Fairfield Alabama

City of Fairfield Alabama
City of Fairfield Alabama

Fairfield is a city in western Jefferson County. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area and is located southeast of Pleasant Grove. The population was 11,117 at the 2010 census.

Fairfield Alabama History

Fairfield Alabama was founded in 1910 in which the featured speaker at the dedication ceremony was former President Theodore Roosevelt. It was originally named Corey, after an executive of U.S. Steel Corporation. The name was later changed to the city in which the President of U.S. Steel lived, Fairfield, Connecticut. It was planned as a model city by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company to house workers in their new Fairfield Works plant, now owned by U.S. Steel, similar to its northeastern city of Ensley.

It was incorporated on January 1, 1919.

Fairfield Alabama Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,381 people, 4,600 households, and 3,141 families living in the city. The population density was 3,503.8 people per square mile. There were 4,960 housing units at an average density of 1,403.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 8.90% White, 90.23% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 

Fairfield Alabama Education

As a suburb of Birmingham, Fairfield is close to some of the state’s major institutions of higher learning, including University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, and Birmingham-Southern College. In addition, the Birmingham School of Law, Jefferson State Community College, and Lawson State Community College provide other educational opportunities in the vicinity. Southeastern Bible College, a nondenominational four-year college, is located nearby.

Fairfield Alabama Events and Places of Interest

Fairfield City Park features athletic fields and tennis courts, and the city oversees a community center. On the National Register of Historic Places are the Flintridge Building (1951), a former headquarters of TCI; the Miles Memorial College Historic District; and Parham Apothecary Building (ca. 1925). Fairfield’s proximity to Birmingham also provides numerous diversions for residents.

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