Fairfax, CA, City Info and Higher Education Facts

Fairfax, California, is a suburb in the Bay Area across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco. Located in affluent Marin County, Fairfax is close to several well-known institutions of higher learning, including the University of California at Berkeley and the University of San Fransisco. Read about it here.

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Information about Fairfax

Fairfax is located less than five miles west of San Rafael and 20 miles north of San Francisco. The population was estimated at 7,638 in 2014 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Residents are predominantly white (about 85%, as of 2010); however, most ethnicities are represented, if in small numbers.

Despite being a relatively small town, Fairfax offers a wide assortment of dining establishments, as well as a movie theater from the Art Deco era and several clubs featuring jazz and other popular music. Fairfax also hosts an annual festival, featuring a family film night, musical performances and an Ecofest focusing on social and environmental issues.

Additionally, nearby San Francisco offers such draws as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fisherman's Wharf and the Haight-Ashbury district made famous by the 60s counterculture movement. Around the Bay Area, visitors and residents alike can find surfing, hiking, camping, boating and other opportunities for outdoor activity.

Higher Education

More than 60% of Fairfax residents over the age of 25 held a bachelor's degree or higher, from 2010-2014, far above the national rate of about 29%. There are no institutions of higher learning in Fairfax itself, but Marin County operates two campuses of the College of Marin, a two-year community and vocational school most well-known for its theater program. Other well-known postsecondary schools in the Bay Area include the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, the University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University.

Employment and Economy

According to 2012 census data, the largest industry by employment was retail trade with 328 jobs. Accommodation and food services employed 264 people, while wholesale trade employed about 85 people. Fairfax is dependent to a significant degree on the economy of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with many residents commuting to jobs in San Francisco, a major center for finance and commerce. Higher education is also a major employer in the region, as are shipping and transportation.

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