Fairmont, Minnesota

Fairmont is a city in and the county seat of Martin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,438 at the 2020 census.

Fairmont
Street in downtown Fairmont
Street in downtown Fairmont
Nickname(s): 
City of Lakes
Location of the city of Fairmont within Martin County in the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Fairmont
within Martin County
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°39′8″N 94°27′31″W / 43.65222°N 94.45861°W / 43.65222; -94.45861
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyMartin
Government
 • MayorDebbie Foster
Area
 • Total16.91 sq mi (43.81 km2)
 • Land15.02 sq mi (38.91 km2)
 • Water1.89 sq mi (4.90 km2)
Elevation
1,184 ft (361 m)
Population
 • Total10,666
 • Estimate 
(2020)
10,438
 • Density667.64/sq mi (257.78/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
56031
Area code(s)507
FIPS code27-20330
GNIS feature ID0643501[3]
Websitefairmont.org

HistoryEdit

Fairmont was platted in 1857.[4] The city was so named on account of its elevated town site.[5] A post office has been in operation at Fairmont since 1858.[6] Fairmont was incorporated as a city in 1902.[4]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.92 square miles (43.82 km2), of which 15.04 square miles (38.95 km2) is land and 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2) is water.[7] The city of Fairmont itself has been built around a chain of five lakes: Lake George, Sisseton Lake, Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Amber Lake. All except Amber Lake are connected by channels and are used extensively for recreational boating and fishing. Interstate 90 and Minnesota State Highway 15 are two of the main routes in the city.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880541
18901,205122.7%
19003,040152.3%
19102,958−2.7%
19204,63056.5%
19305,52119.2%
19406,98826.6%
19508,19317.2%
19609,74518.9%
197010,75110.3%
198011,5067.0%
199011,265−2.1%
200010,889−3.3%
201010,666−2.0%
2020 (est.)10,438−2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,666 people, 4,812 households, and 2,816 families living in the city. The population density was 709.2 inhabitants per square mile (273.8/km2). There were 5,251 housing units at an average density of 349.1 per square mile (134.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.3% of the population.

There were 4,812 households, of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 45.5 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,889 people and 2,962 families living in the city. The population density was 747.5 people per square mile (288.6/km2). There were 5,036 housing units at an average density of 345.7 per square mile (133.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races.

There were 4,702 households, out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,709, and the median income for a family was $46,637. Males had a median income of $31,365 versus $22,447 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,658. About 8.0% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

EconomyEdit

Fairmont has been home to Fairmont Railway Motors, Inc, now part of Harsco Corporation, for a century. The company pioneered motorized railway section cars, later road-rail technologies as well as track maintenance machinery that revolutionized and mechanized rail track engineering.[citation needed] Its 100th anniversary celebration was held in the summer of 2009.

Fairmont products are exported around the world, although the dominant product, railroad speeders, is now mainly in the hands of railway enthusiasts who operate them for fun, such as the North American Railcar Operators Association and the Australian Society of Section Car Operators, Inc.

Fairmont is home to the U.S. headquarters of Avery Weigh-Tronix, one of the world's largest suppliers of weighing solutions.[9]

The Fairmont Sentinel, cited as the most conservative newspaper in Minnesota,[10] is published here. It was founded in 1885 and is published daily, except Sunday. As of 2019, it was owned by Ogden Newspapers and had a circulation of 3,629.[11][12]

The largest employer in Fairmont is Fairmont Medical Center, part of the Mayo Health System.

Prior to 1992, Fairmont had been home to a major regional frozen food canning operation. Longtime owned by the Stokely-Van Camp company, the plant fell under the United Foods International umbrella after United Foods' 1982 $50 million buy-out of Van Camp's frozen vegetable division. Before closing in December 1992, the Fairmont plant was one three frozen vegetable processing plants producing product for the United Foods family of canned vegetables for sale throughout the United States. The plant reopened and operated until 2015 as Fairmont Foods of Minnesota. Its closing was announced, but instead Tony Downs Food Group purchased it and kept it open.[13]

Top employersEdit

According to Fairmont's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[14] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Fairmont Mayo Health Systems 680
2 Weigh-Tronix Scale Manufacturing 331
3 Fairmont Foods of Minnesota 300
4 ISD 2752 (Fairmont Area Schools) 260
5 Hy-Vee 240
6 Torgerson Properties 219
7 Walmart 191
8 REM Heartland 185
9 Lakeview Health Care Facility 151
10 Martin County 131

EducationEdit

Local area schools[15]

  • Fairmont Junior/Senior High School
  • Fairmont Elementary School
  • St. John Vianney Catholic School, K-6
  • St Paul Lutheran School, K-8 (Martin Luther High School 9-12 is in nearby Northrop)

Higher education

  • Minnesota West Community College
  • Presentation College-Fairmont Campus

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 333.
  5. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 162.
  6. ^ "Martin County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.wtxweb.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=59
  10. ^ "Fairmont Sentinel". Rolling Stone (1065). November 13, 2008.
  11. ^ "About Sentinel. (Fairmont, Minn.) 1966-current". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "Fairmont Sentinel". Minnesota Newspaper Association. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "Fairmont Foods finds suitor" (Feb 13, 2015). [1]. Fairmont Sentinel.
  14. ^ City of Fairmont CAFR
  15. ^ http://fairmont.k12.mn.us/ Fairmont Area Schools website
  16. ^ Majeske, Ryan (2017). Pokémon cards : the unofficial ultimate collector's guide. Iola, WI. ISBN 978-1-4402-4846-7. OCLC 978287640.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 43°39′08″N 94°27′40″W / 43.65222°N 94.46111°W / 43.65222; -94.46111